Government Buildings Category

Cebu International Convention Center

April 19, 2014

The Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) (Wikipedia) originally began as an idea for a huge sports complex to be built in the reclamation area of Mandaue. That plan was scrapped and instead an international convention center was proposed when the Philippines was selected to host the twin events of the... (read more)

Fort Sto. Domingo

September 9, 2013

Fort Sto. Domingo is in the local Philippine news yet again. Unless you’re hiding under a rock, you should already know that Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the 10-billion-peso Pork Barrel Scam, is currently being detained within this fort. Prior to Mrs. Napoles, other high-profile personalities that have been... (read more)

Pamintuan Mansion

June 12, 2010

Happy 112th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence! To celebrate this historic day, let’s go to Angeles City and virtually visit the Pamintuan Mansion, the site where Gen. Aguinaldo celebrated the first anniversary on June 12, 1899. By that time, the fledging Philippine Republic was in the midst of... (read more)

Baguio Convention Center

May 12, 2009

I’ve always gone to Baguio for vacation and not to attend an event or a conference so I’ve never had a reason to step inside the Baguio Convention Center although I’ve seen its edifice often enough. Anyway, the Center, is (or was?) arguably the best convention center of its kind... (read more)

National Arts Center

November 16, 2008

The National Arts Center is a picturesque institution located at the sides of Mount Makiling 200 meters above sea level in Los Baños, Laguna. This is one of former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ numerous architectural projects and was established in 1976. (Other such projects that have been featured here in... (read more)

Malacañan sa Sugbo

October 23, 2008

The Malacañan sa Sugbo (which is Cebuano for “Malacañan of Cebu”) is the official residence of the President of the Philippines in Cebu City. This building, colloquially called the Aduana, was constructed in 1910 during the American colonial period and for most of its time until 2004, housed the Cebu... (read more)

Malacañang Palace

May 27, 2008

Everyone who reads this blog should know that the Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. Officially called the Malacañan Palace, this residence has been used by the Spanish Governor-Generals and the and American Governors before being turned over to President Manuel L. Quezon... (read more)

Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol

May 22, 2008

Leandro Locsin, possibly the greatest Filipino architect, supposedly considered the Provincial Capitol Building of Negros Occidental in Bacolod City as the most beautiful capitol building in the country. Well, he may have been quite biased since he grew up in Silay, Negros Occidental, but I would have to admit that... (read more)

Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

May 11, 2008

The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center or CPDRC, is the world-famous penitentiary institution that gave us the dancing inmates. These prisoners became a worldwide sensation when a video of them dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was uploaded to YouTube by Byron Garcia, the security consultant of the Cebu Provincial... (read more)

LRT-2 Depot

November 30, 2007

Would you believe that I have never taken a ride on the 13.8-kilometer LRT-2, also known as the Megatren or the LRT Purple Line? Well, the main reason is because I take private transportation to and from work and secondly, I travel north-south and not east-west as is the general... (read more)

The Mansion (Baguio)

October 28, 2007

The first presidential residence we’ve featured here in Vista Pinas is the Balay ti Amianan in Ilocos Norte (unless you consider Aguinaldo Shrine as belonging in that category, too). This time, we’ll be featuring the official summer residence of the President of the Philippines. This is The Mansion, which is... (read more)

Batasang Pambansa

September 21, 2007

Located along Batasan Road, in Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City is the Batasang Pambansa, where the Philippines’ House of Representatives hold their sessions. Batasang Pambansa is Tagalog for “national legislature,” although its official English translation is the “National Assembly.” The Batasang Pambansa is also the building where the joint sessions... (read more)

ARMM Capitol

August 30, 2007

Standing in Cotabato City is the Capitol building of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which the only region in the Philippines that has its own local government. (That’s what the “autonomous” in its name is for.) This makes Cotabato City the de facto regional center of the ARMM,... (read more)

Philippine Center in San Francisco

August 24, 2007

The San Francisco Bay Area in California is definitely one of the places where many Filipino Americans and Filipino expatriates work and live. Well, located in downtown San Francisco, just one block away from the famous Union Square, is the Philippine Center (official website). The Philippine Center is composed of... (read more)

Philippine Embassy in Tokyo

June 27, 2006

The Philippine Embassy in Japan can be found in Roppongi district, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Roppongi is a well-known nightlife district in Tokyo popular with expatriates and locals alike, and the surrounding Minato ward is also home to a significant number of embassies and consulates to Japan. Unlike the Philippine Embassy to the... (read more)

National Museum, Caraga Branch

June 6, 2006

In Butuan City in Mindanao is the Caraga Branch of the National Museum . This museum is right across the Butuan City Hall to the east, and to the southwest is the museum’s lagoon and park. This regional branch of the National Museum houses important artifacts relating to the history of... (read more)

Philippine Embassy in London

May 4, 2006

Our third overseas sight is the Philippine Embassy in London, United Kingdom. This Victorian-style building is located just to the west of the Kensington Gardens in Inner London, specifically within the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where many other embassies are located. There is very little information about the Embassy’s building,... (read more)

Philippine Ambassador to Japan’s Residence

March 24, 2006

Who says we can only feature Pinoy sights from the Philippine Islands? I say that there are other equally interesting Pinoy things to see elsewhere in the world. So, I’d like to present the first of the many international Pinoy sights you can see in Google Local online maps, the... (read more)

Sangley Point Naval Base

March 20, 2006

The location of Sangley Point Naval Base is the most probable reason why northern Cavite has hi-res imagery in Google Local. The same can be said for the former U.S. Clark Air Base. But it’s intriguing to note that Subic Bay isn’t in hi-res, and we don’t know why... (read more)