Condo construction near Rizal Park opposed
Posted at 06/14/2012 6:49 PM | Updated as of 06/14/2012 6:49 PM
MANILA, Philippines – A plan to construct a condominium near Luneta Park in Manila is being opposed by a renowned cultural activist.
Carlos Celdran, who is also a professional Manila tour guide, has started an online petition opposing the construction of the Torre de Manila of DMCI Holdings Incorporated.
Celdran said the building will be built in a lot sandwiched behind the former jai-alai lot 40 meters away from Taft Avenue.
He alleged that the building will ruin the view of the Rizal monument.
“Not only is this building offensive to our national hero, our national identity and all things good and true - but it’s also a ridiculous investment,” Celdran wrote in his petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/no-t...manila-project
Celdran, saying he wants to solve the issue with “some sensitivity and creativity,” and that he plans to discuss the project with city officials of Manila.
“I implore fellow Filipinos to speak up about this and have DMCI rethink this project. Not only are we on to them but we refuse to have anything that they build ruin the sanctity of the Rizal sight line forever,” wrote Celdran.
In a text message to ANC, DMCI marketing manager Jan Venturanza said they will release a statement if deemed necessary.
In 2010, Celdran was apprehended for interrupting a homily at the Manila Cathedral. He criticized the church for opposing the Reproductive Health Bill. -- Report from ANC