Thursday, April 15, 2010

Urban oasis



Here's another watery shot and this time it's the facade of The Manila Peninsula, or Manila Pen for short. The Manila Pen is a five-star luxury hotel located at the Central Business District. I've never actually stayed there before, but I have eaten at some of the restaurants there and I must say their ice cream is fantastic as well as the pastries in this little restaurant called Jeepney Deli.

In 2007, a group of army officials stormed into the Manila Pen and seized the second floor of the hotel, calling for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. They rammed their massive tanks into the hotel lobby, destroying the beautiful glass doors and the marble floors. The siege, often called, the Manila Peninsula rebelllion, lasted for 6 hours, until other members of the military arrested the mutineers. By then, the rebels had already destroyed over $1 million worth of property. Thankfully, the hotel has been restored to its original grandeur, as if nothing ever happened.

2 comments:

Photo Cache said...

thank you for being a fresh eye in showing manila to us who are far away and miss it.

i browsed through all your posts and i like what i saw. keep up the good work.

mia said...

Thank you very much! :) Yes there many things about Manila that I would definitely miss if I were far away from it. Thank you for your comment!