Vigan example shows heritage and development are compatible; Augusto Villalon; Inquirer


Philippines – Historic City of Vigan

What is ordinary for some is extraordinary for others. This is a story of how something ordinary was turned by its community into something extraordinary.

For the resident community that lives its daily lives in any Philippine city, one sees the surroundings as ordinary stuff one sees day in and day out.

Because of familiarity, many fail to see the elements—geography, nature, streets and plazas, architecture—that make their city different, that make their city stand out, that make their city unique.

So it is no surprise that many Philippine cities are becoming more and more visually interchangeable: Downtown Tagbilaran looks very much like downtown Dagupan, which, in turn, looks like some streets in Quezon City.
All cities are beginning to exhibit the same types of buildings, same level of visual pollution and urban congestion.

 

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