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Fire destroys old PNB building in Escolta, forcing changes in the route for Traslacion 2015

A 50-year old building in Escolta, Manila was ravaged by a fire that broke out in the wee hours of Wednesday, January 7.

The now-abandoned building used to be headquarters of the Philippine National Bank when it was built in 1965 and is included in the priority list of Heritage Conservation Society.

Although the fire has already been put under control, it was announced nonetheless that Escolta will no longer be included in the route of the “Traslacion” during the Feast of the Black Nazarene this Friday.

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A fire destroyed the old Philippine National Building in Escolta, Manila (Credits: Clara Buenconsejo of Heritage Conservation Society Youth)

This was announced by Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno following the recommendation of Rogelio Legazpi, the chief operations officer of Manila’s Engineering Department.

From 1995 to 2005, the building housed the City College of Manila (CCM), which is now located beside the Manila City Hall and has since been renamed as Universidad de Manila.

It is one of the creations of renown architect Carlos Arguelles. His other works include the Philamlife Building in Manila, the former Manila Hilton Hotel (now Manila Pavillon), the Development Bank of the Philippines Building in Makati, and the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna

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