UPDATE: The International Hotel Restoration
Last May, the much awaited restoration of Iloilo City’s downtown icon, the 3-storey Eusebio Villanueva Building or International Hotel, started. The largest undertaking done to date by the Iloilo Cultural and Heritage Foundation Inc., the E. Villanueva restoration project will serve as a working template for future rehabilitation efforts at Calle Real for a number of reasons. The current project is scheduled for completion this August.
Before the restoration efforts, a large part of the building is neglected and in dire state. Hawkers occupy much of the ground floor leaving no room for pedestrians to walk through. Large signage also obscure the beautiful facade of the building.
Today, the dirt and the signage covering the facade are removed. The beautiful details of the building are more visible because of the repainting. The pathways are now covered with cobble stones and are fully accessible to the public. And more importantly, the welfare of the vendors are also taken into consideration, will be relocated to appropriate areas, and provided with uniform kiosks.
The second floor is much more visible now. Spaces above shall be leased as office spaces. Hmmm, I hope the building could be equipped accordingly so that it can accommodate business processes outsourcing companies (BPOs).
For now, let’s visit the International Hotel and see the leaps the Foundation is making in realizing its dream of regaining the grandeur of the old Calle Real.
The bamboo scaffolding at this side at Aldeguer Street are now removed.
Now that the huge sign board removed, this view of the intersection of Aldeguer and Calle Real is now unimpeded.
The design of the metal grills is the original one since the structure was built. They have to recreate at least 45 of these to replace those at arches that lost its metal works.
The stairs leading to the 2nd Floor. I hope they’ll place a handsome hand railings for this staircase.
The pathways are now clear and once again reclaimed by the public. The hawkers are to be relocated near the heritage buildings with kiosks provided by the ICHFI.
The building’s pathways are now paved with new cobble stones.
Spotlights now installed along the 2nd and 3rd floors. This will illuminate the upper floors and make the facade more visible at night.
The two icons – Pinoy’s favorite mode of transpo and Calle Real’s Queen of Heritage Buildings.Tags: Calle Real, Iloilo City, Metro Iloilo - Guimaras