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Molo Plaza up for renovation

Submitted by on August 25, 2011 – 4:46 pm3 Comments

Molo Plaza IloiloImprinted on pages of Iloilo’s history, the centuries-old Molo Plaza deserves the attention of the city government for its improvement and conservation. 

The Molo Plaza development and rehabilitation is one of the city’s slated projects for this year. Along with the renovation of the plazas in Jaro, Mandurriao, and La Paz, this project aims to boost tourism in the city and conserve the rich heritage of the area.

The history of Molo Plaza stretches back from the Spanish colonial times. Together with the towering Molo Church (St. Anne Church of Molo), the plaza had been witness to important events in Iloilo such as the visit of the national icon, Jose Rizal, to the city.

The projects were originally to be financed by the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) by former Senator Miguel Zubiri. But in the light of the senator’s recent resignation, sources said the city government now plans to seek assistance from the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) for funding.

Perspective of Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Plan
Perspective of Molo Plaza Rehabilitation Plan
Blueprint of the proposed Molo Plaza Renovation
Blueprint of the proposed Molo Plaza Renovation

The Molo Plaza Development and Rehabilitation is exciting but sorely lack details. Basing on the huge poster erected at the corner of the plaza, there’s not much enough description on how the plaza will be renovated.

As a Molo resident, I would like to wish the following would be included in the project:

1. There’s not much sunlight in the plaza nowadays since the trees have grown so big, plaza goers may think their under a forest canopy. I suggest the trees be trimmed but maintained in good shape as they appear to be nearly hundred years old.

2. Improve the children’s playground. The plaza is favorite hang out place of students from nearby Iloilo City High School after class, and during Sundays as well.

3. Add comfort facilities in the plaza.

4. Update recreational facilities in the area such as improving the basketball courts, canteen and the auditorium.

5. Make the plaza more conducive for family picnics by fully covering the open  spaces with grass (in rainy season, the plaza tends to be very muddy).

To our readers, what else would you like to add? Share your thoughts!

View of the Molo Church IloiloAs an advocate for local tourism, I’m very much excited with this development.

Good luck to our city government in this endeavor!

Getting there: Molo Plaza is mere ten minutes away from the city proper. Jeeps going to Mandurriao and Villa pass through San Pedro Street. San Pedro Terminal with buses going to Antique is also walking distance.

Tourism Interest: Visit the centuries old Gothic St Anne Church. Taste the freshly cooked bibingka at stalls along Locsin Street.

 

View of Molo Plaza from Andok's   

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3 Comments »

  • jose ma. t. golez says:

    I was born and lived in Molo from birth to the I got married in 1963. My family were very active in most activities before. My only sugestion is not change the center as shown by the above. I have spent a lot of memories in this plaza and most of all inside the church when the Japanese coralled most of us remained in Parian, mostly those who were living closed to the church and the hell we have to undergo when those CRAZY Americans surounded the church with more than 20 tanks bombarding front gate plus their airforce droping bombs that neverhit us and our beloved church remained standing but unfortunately killed one my playmate kid. Up this time and am now 78 I still get nightmares of that unfortunate day that should not have happened.Every detail of that incident is still vivid in my memory.

    The last time I went home I was so disgusted that the plaza is full of vendors that appears to me that my beloved plaz looks like marketplace!

    • Mark Segador says:

      Hi Sir Jose! Yes, I believe they’ll retain the present structure of the plaza; they’re rehabilitating the pathways and the landscape of the plaza. the gazebo is now being repaired (there were cracks) and also being repainted. They also trimmed the trees giving us again a beautiful view of the church. I hope you can see the plaza once its fully rehabilitated. =)

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