Friday, November 05, 2004
This is another interesting place I discovered at DT&A Channel. This now swanky district called Xintiandi is a rehabilitated residential community that dates back to the early part of the last century. Shanghai developers, Shui On Land Limited seamlessly integrated the old "Shikumen" houses with modern buildings to create a unique tourist attraction that still pays homage to the old while taking a bold step forward towards the new. Which makes me wonder if the same could be done to our own historical, Quiapo. During the latter half of the 1800s, prominent families and business people have lived in that area seeing as it is well within the capital and seat of government of the Philippines. Although it had gone through a lot of drastic transformations that almost erased any and vestiges of the Spanish era (thanks to the Hollywoodization during the first half of the 1900s), the fact that it still manages to retain a good number of old houses and given its rich history I can't think of any reason why this whole area can't be rehabilitated as well? Right?
* You can read more about the development of Xintiandi here.