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FEATURE : Historic Manila wants tourists to see past the decay

AFP , MANILA

Celdran and Alcazaren see potential for Manila’s old quarter, but believe it should be redeveloped as part of a broader project encompassing the port area of Manila Bay.

Manila Bay is renowned for its golden sunsets, which can be enjoyed over a cocktail on the terrace of the Manila Hotel, a US colonial-era building that once included the Beatles among its celebrity guests.

Celdran said Manila’s port area, with its palm-tree-lined boardwalk, had the potential to be the Philippines’ version of Miami in the US.

Yet for the time being, visitors seeking a sunset vista are more likely to encounter half-naked street children scavenging along the litter-strewn beach with a putrid smell of pollution wafting off the sea.

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