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Isko Moreno eyes ‘non-modern’ new city hall for Manila

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Former vice mayor Isko Moreno will build a new city hall for Manila if his mayoralty bid succeeds.

In a round table discussion with Manila Bulletin executives, Moreno said it is time for Manila to have a new city hall to address the needs of residents and local government employees.

“The city hall, when it was designed by architect Burnham, ang ina-address lang noon ay few thousand Manileños but that was years ago. Today, Manila has about 1.8 million people and 42,000 business establishments,” he said.

Moreno said the new city hall, which he proposes to be built at the Liwasang Bonifacio, will feature a look that is “not modern.”

It is modern in terms of technology and structure. But in design, I would rather go back to history,” he said.

As for the existing city hall, Moreno said it will be converted into a museum, cultural and retail center.