Fascinating footnotes about Manila’s streets and corners, landmarks and historical sites fill Dr. Lorelei de Viana’s guidebook Walk Manila.
Published by the Far Eastern University Publications, the book features 100 historic sites and structures in the city. It takes its readers to Port Area, Ermita, Malate, Paco, Santa Ana, Pandacan, Binondo, San Nicolas, Tondo, Santa Cruz, Quiapo, San Miguel, Sampaloc, and Santa Mesa.
Through her book, De Viana hopes her readers can have a better appreciation of the capital’s history and culture, and care for its remaining storied markers.
“In producing a book about Manila’s heritage sites, FEU affirms its role as an active steward of their conservation alongside its leadership in the field of education,” says De Viana, who was the former dean of the FEU-Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts.
Among the first people to receive the book during its launch was Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a proud advocate of heritage conservation.
“We conserve places like the Manila Metropolitan Theater, for example, because we identify with the stories and the values they possess,” says De Viana. “This book is our way of continuing to preserve their history.”
Walk Manila is available at FEU university bookstore for P650.