Old Ortigas Center photos

Ortigas Center is a central business district situated in Pasig City. It’s probably the second largest maybe in terms of income and land area after Makati City, but please don’t trust me on that, I’m only guessing.

Anyway, here are an old and vintage photos of Ortigas Center when it was only bare and no traffic congestion, one could only dream this traffic free Pasig City.

1989 – The red steel frame in the middle of the photo is Robinson’s Galeria. There are no curving overpass yet. This 12 lane street is EDSA.
Ortigas Center Pasig City Manila

1972 – This is the site of Saint Pedro Poveda College.Ortigas Center Pasig City Manila

1983 – Meralco Avenue. The building with vertical lines farther ahead is Meralco building. The sight is now blocked by an overpass.
Ortigas Center Pasig City Manila

1972 – Ortigas Avenue, now the site of Medical City.
Ortigas Center Pasig City Manila

1972 – This is where the Corinthians Gardens is located.
Ortigas Center Pasig City Manila

1972 – I believe the crooked street in the middle of the picture is Guadix drive where St. Pedro Poveda College is located now.
Ortigas Center Pasig City Manila

Gangnam Style in Manila?

The answer is yes.

Korean hiphop artist Psy who populrized “Oppa Gangnam Style” will have a concert here in Manila on December 21 at the at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

Psy’s Gangnam song currently holds the record as the most viewed video in Youtube.

He was also invited by Ellen Degeneres to teach Britney Spears how to the dance the horse inspired song.

By the way, Gangnam is a name of a place in South Korea.

Who’s going to see Psy and be part of the Gangnam fever?

Gangnam Style Psy Manila concert

Manila Flood Photos

Various photos during the heavy downpour caused simply by a seasonal monsoon that paralysed the majority of traffic all over Metro Manila.

Credits to the owners of the photos Simon, pastor Craig Burrows and Rica Espiritu.

Manila flood photos
Waist deep water at SM City in Quezon City. (S)

Manila flood photos
Rescue team at the Payatas, Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. (CB)

Manila flood photos
Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. (CB)

Manila flood photos
Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. (CB)

Manila flood photos
Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. (CB)

Manila flood photos
San Perfecto, San Juan City. (RE)

Manila flood photos
Rescuing those trapped at the roof, in Montalban Rizal. (CB)

Caloocan City Information

Caloocan City is one of the cities in National Capital Region, and is categorized as a first class and Highly Urbanized City according to the Department of Finance.

It became a city in February 16, 1962 through a poll according to R.A. 3728.

Formerly called “Aromahan” or “Libis Espina”. “Libis” is a Spanish word which means “lowland” in English. Because of its innermost location, it was called “kasulok-sulokan” by the early folks, which probably evolved into what is now Caloocan.

Caloocan City dubbed itself as a historic city because of its rich history. It was in this location where Andres Bonifacio met with the rest of Katipuneros prior to the Philippine Revolution.

CALOOCAN CITY FACTS:
Districts: 2, first and second
Total land area: 53.33 square kms.
Population (2010): 1,474,040
Population density: 27,640 people per square km.
Zip code: 1400
Area code: 02
Barangays: 188 barangays

Caloocan City map.

Crime rate increase in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 15,257 crimes were recorded in Metro Manila for the second quarter of the year, up by 9.18 percent compared to the 13,974 cases listed in the first three months of 2012.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Alan Purisima tasked the 38 station and 173 precinct commanders to deal with the problem.

“It’s now up to the station and precinct commanders on how they will address the crime situation as they are aware of the peculiarities of the problem in their areas,” said Purisima during a staff meeting yesterday at the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

The rise in crime rates has prompted Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo to order Purisima to carry out “drastic” anti-crime strategies.

“All concerned Philippine National Police officers in Metro Manila had been required to submit their local anti-crime campaign such as mapping of crime-prone areas in their areas of responsibility, types and time of crimes being committed, appropriate police action to be taken, and accurate crime reporting, among others,” he said.

Robredo said the NCRPO will initiate community-based crime prevention activities, which include increased police visibility, deployment of motorcycle-riding police officers, having police officers walk the beat, setting up checkpoints or chokepoints, deployment of secret marshals, and night watch operations in coordination with barangay officials in crime-prone areas.

Of the 15,257 crimes reported from April to June, 9,259 are index crimes, with thefts at 36.7 percent; robberies, including those by motorcycle-riding perpetrators, at 27.5 percent and physical injury at 24.4 percent.

Of the 13,974 crime incidents in the first quarter of the year, 9,259 are index crimes while 4,715 are non-index crimes.
The Manila Police District recorded the most number of crimes with 4,073, closely followed by the Southern Police District at 4,047 cases.

The Quezon City Police District came in third with 3,692 crimes, the Northern Police District with 2,077 and the Eastern Police District (EPD) with the fewest at 1,368 cases.

– By Non Alquitran and Cecille Suerte Felipe (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com)

Makati to be Philippines’ First Wi-fi City?

Makati City is working out on becoming the country’s first wifi city. It gradually rolled out its plan by making Makati City hall a wifi spot last July 12.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) will be internet provider for the city’s proposed project.

Philippines is slightly behind by its Southeast Asian neighbor, with Vietnam’s Hoi An took the mantle as Asia’s first city to give free wifi to its residents last February.

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