snapshot of the day: the old manila international airport

10:45 AM

I am sick and tired of hearing people complaining how ugly the NAIA Terminal one is. If one would care to look closely, that airport has really good bones. Of course, it does! It was designed by National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin. For him to be awarded that title, he must have known what he was doing. 

I believe it was all the subsequent mini renovations over the years that completely messed it up. They didn't take into account what the original design was and just went about what was the trend that year. So now, it has that "tagpi-tagpi" look that very much echoes the shanties next to it.

But honestly, what I think we should be sad about is the loss of the old Manila International Airport. I found this image on http://arkitektura.ph.

The old Manila International Airport was designed by Architect Federico Ilustre. 

When it was opened in 1962,  the old Manila International Airport was the largest and most modern in Southeast Asia. The modern look is very definitive of the times and that is what I really like about it. But most importantly, I think we should have kept it because it represented an important marker in Philippine aviation history as well as Philippine architecture.



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