Monday, May 14, 2012

The Aduana

Sabi nga nila kung di ka tumingin sa iyong pinagmulan di ka makakarating sa iyong paroroonan.

Dahil mahilig ako magphotowalk at ang subject ko ngaun ay ang mga old buildings sa intramuros.

Simulan natin ito sa Aduana.

The Aduana 2012

Anu nga ba ang Aduana? Ano ang kasaysayan na bumabalot dito? Anu ang halata nito sa kasalukuyang panahon?

Narito ang mga sagot sa mga tanung na yan.

According to  Intramuros Adminstration Website

Aka Intendencia: Customs House. A 1796 instruction indicated that the Aduana or Customs House be located within the fortified city to attract merchants to remain within the walls rather than outside it. The Aduana replaced the Alcacería de San Fernando (built 1752), located on the opposite or northern bank of the Pasig.

The  photo above was taken during the American colonial regime.

The Aduana 2012 Shoot

Tomás Cortes was given charge of project. In 1822, he submitted plans for the project and construction began in 1823. Despite objections that the new Aduana had insufficient space for warehousing and was too far from the port, construction continued and in 1829 the building was completed. It was a handsome building designed in the Neoclassical tradition. Built around two atriums, the central bay had three arched entrances and two principal staircases. This was flanked by two symmetrical wings of three stories. Its rectangular fenestration and French windows on the upper most story were decorated with rustication. The firm of Manuel Perez repaired the building’s roof in 1861, following plans by Luciano Oliver. The earthquake of 1863, 1869 and 1872 damaged the building. Reconstruction of the Aduana was awarded to Luis Perez Yap-Sionjue who began work in 1874. Plans for reconstruction were drawn by Luis Cespedes after an earlier plan by Felix Roxas, Sr. and an anonymous architect were found deficient.

The building served as a central treasury. In the 20th century it became the Central Bank Building and a cement vault was built in the atrium. The building was damaged by war but was repaired and remained as the Central Bank until the completion in the 1970s of a new Central Bank along Roxas Blvd. The building was damaged by fire and left abandoned for a long time. The structure is presently being restored to become the National Archives for records of the Spanish colonial period. Restoration began in 1996 during the centennial of the Philippine Revolution.

Here some of my shoot of  The Aduana

Fainted Aduana 

 Neo-Classical Style Aduana 

 Inside Aduana 

 Abandoned Aduana 

Partly restored by the National Archives in 1998.

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  1. okay shots mo master..., I'm not worthy hehe...

    pero..., hmmm,

    it's really "abandoned..."

    if you get what I'm saying :?

  2. Di ako madalas makapuntang Intramuros para mamasyal pero nadadaanan ko yun. Sana nga magkaron ng time makapasyal dun at magmuni-muni habang nakakakita ng old buildings. hehe.

  3. galing! napasok mo pala yan.. :) akala ko isang ordinaryong ruin lang yan.. hehehe..

  4. Thanks for sharing some archived-worthy pictures!

  5. WoW!! Impressive, the people really manage to keep the structure of these old buildings :)

  6. I've also done a Photowalk in Intramuros a few years back. But I haven't been to the Aduana yet. At least now, I will have reason to visit again. :)

  7. sabi ng mga friend ko na nakapunta na dyan... maganda daw pero mostly ala masyadong pumapasok...

  8. great pictures and short history lesson!

    I hope that building gets its past glory revived!

  9. wala bang nagparamdam na multo noong nagpicture ka hehehehe

  10. As usual, another impressive shots from AXL PPI.. hahay! Ang galing talaga ng taong to :)

    Great job boss Axl

  11. gnda ng mga shots ah...
    pero parang nkktakot ang lugar..

  12. Nice shots! Government should try to restore these old buildings as heritage of our Spanish culture.

  13. ganda naman ng mga kuha mong pics :) sana they could completely restore Aduana

  14. I fervently hope too that such buildings be restored and kept...sayang! pero kasama sa charm nya ang stature!

  15. I dunno why, but ruins always have that eerie effect on me. The shots were amazing!

  16. it's good the government if restoring such a historic building. :D

  17. Nakakatuwa naman Intramuros segment na! :D I'm always in Intramuros these past few weeks at lagi ko 'tong nakikita! ^^ Anyway, share ko lang -- My short tour of Intramuros :)

  18. I am in Puerto Rico (U.S.A) I've brought food from brasil before without any problems, this time I wante to take some chocolates and sweets with me. Will the Aduana stay with them?