Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Museo ng Maynila

I attended the 3rd Architectural Conservation Lecture Series on Architectural Photography last June 21, 2008. Sponsored by the Heritage Conservation Society, the lecture featured Prof. Tim Long, landscape and architectural photographer for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and Chicago Historical Foundation. Prof. Tim Long shared insights on the documentary project: “Daniel Burnham’s Enduring Vision for the Philippines: Creating a Photographic Document.” He noted that although Burnham’s vision for the Philippines was “never fully realized, it did exert a powerful influence for decades on building design, street schemes, and zoning codes in various regional capitals.” As I was listening to the lecture, the venue - the old Navy and Army Club which is now home to Heritage Conservation Society, the Museo ng Maynila, intrigued me. Always armed with a camera, I took shots of the building to satisfy my cultural curiosity. To restore the building, by the way, PhP 350 million needs to be raised.

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