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Which old structures qualify as heritage?
by Augusto Villalon

RECENTLY HERITAGE structures were among those condemned by DPWH Western Visayas because of apparent failure to meet Building Code seismic requirements. DPWH Secretary Singson responded, “If designated as cultural heritage structures, they should be preserved, provided they do not endanger lives....

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Pride of Place
Which old structures qualify as heritage?
by Augusto Villalon

RECENTLY HERITAGE structures were among those condemned by DPWH Western Visayas because of apparent failure to meet Building Code seismic requirements. DPWH Secretary Singson responded, “If designated as cultural heritage structures, they should be preserved, provided they do not endanger lives....

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Are heritage buildings earthquake-proof?
by Augusto Villalon

SO ENCOURAGING is the swiftness of national authorities to take a second, close look at Philippine buildings in the wake of the devastation caused by the recent disaster in Japan, reassessing existing structures to determine how they will stand up to the next earthquake. Unofficial reports have...

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Book does justice to Gus Albor’s art
by Augusto Villalon

GUS (AUGUSTO) Albor creates cerebral abstractions. He layers and overlaps color on his canvases with effortless accuracy, achieving gossamer transparency which takes his work beyond the material. “Immaterial” is his aptly titled and long-overdue book that illustrates his four-decade journey of...

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Moment of truth after Cebu gets back its Main Street
by Augusto Villalon

THE IDEA of giving back Cebu’s Main Street, commendable as it is, must go beyond face-lifting, which is the most obvious and easiest part of the equation to achieve. But the question must be asked: Will it last? Making sure that the restored Jones Avenue (now Osmeña Boulevard) lasts brings us to...

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Giving Cebu back its Main Street
by Augusto Villalon

IT’S A GOOD beginning, one that tells of better things to come. Mayor Michael Rama of Cebu, a staunch heritage advocate, has asked prominent Cebuana philanthropist Mariquita Salimbangon Yeung to chair a campaign to beautify the city.

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The romance of Riyadh
by Augusto Villalon

WHAT I REMEMBERED seeing on a trip to Riyadh 30 years ago I saw again this time around, a black and white world of women fully cloaked in black abayas from head to foot and men in floor-length white thoubs with heads veiled in white or red-checked gutras. Nor had the landscape changed that much. ...

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Philippine-Australian cooperation restores Gabaldon-type school in Camiguin
by Augusto Villalon

SET TO BE INAUGURATED THIS WEEK IS the newly conserved Kugita Elementary School, a landmark Gabaldon-type schoolhouse on Camiguin. What makes the inauguration significant is that the conservation was a joint effort of the Philippines and Australia, signaling for the first time foreign interest in...

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