It was sweltering hot. We arrived promptly before the assigned meeting time set by my friend Ivan (11:30-12 NN) and hung out at Plaza Lawton. While we were waiting for them, we noticed several lounging around under the lazy trees. Some with cameras clicking away at the historical surroundings, some came with a buddy, some just wishing the organizer would arrive soon and start the tour right away.
The attendees waiting for the tour to start
|With the shy but smart Ivan Briñas Cultura|
At around 1 PM the Mr. Rence Chan, the person conducting the tour, arrived, gathered the crowd and started a primer. Shortly after Ivan and the gang came, we started the tour. His voice was loud and clear, perfect for group tours.
It was actually my first time to enter this magnificent building. Back in college, the jeepney I ride will just pass by this huge structure. I would always gaze at its tall, Greek columns and imagine myself slowly climbing up its front steps, craning my neck until it will disappear from view. Sadly, it will be converted to a 6-star hotel (the first in the country) sometime this year. I am glad to have taken this tour. But also sad at the thought that our future generations will miss the great opportunity.
|The sun peeking out behind the canopy|
This tour was free of charge. The organizers even served snacks for the attendees. I learned quite specially on those very rare stamp collections (I have one myself, I will post it sometime). There are many facts one can learn that are not being taught in school so this is a really recommended activity for everyone. Overflowing with historical data that I will not be able to enumerate them down here. The photos says them all. Timeless.