the falcons’ nest, part 3

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Saint Vincent Building, Adamson University
San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila

Even much closer than yesterday’s photograph. This may be the last part of this trilogy, so we can give way to other subjects in the next entries, but there’d be more Adamson University photos, a few more of this building and some more on other things within the compound, including the Catholic Church.

the falcons’ nest, part 2

Saint Vincent Building, Adamson University
San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila

The second one, in color and much closer. Although I would prefer whitewashed neoclassical buildings, especially in the case of the old Executive Building / National Museum, I really like this color scheme, and besides, the building has some different architectural elements and designs fused in the neoclassical base. Was it groundbreaking or fashionable back then?

I still don’t have much information regarding this building, aside from the fact that it was the university’s founding building in the ’30s. Between that time and today was that war, and this building stands so near Intramuros and Pasig River in an important district. Many buildings were casualties of Manila being an open city too late. I wonder whether this is 100% the original, 100% new, or was partially damaged then slightly repaired later. Whatever the case, it’s a pretty fine building I guess.

the falcons’ nest

Saint Vincent Building, Adamson University
San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila

Let’s take a break from the San Sebastian marathon. I want several photographs of a specific subject- a building, a place, something, shown in this blog and yet I do not want to post more than a photograph per entry (and one entry per day). But I don’t like to focus on a single subject for days, even weeks; so I rotate my sets. And it’s a tricky task. And if you’re like me who strives for great things, who likes to believe that he comes ready and prepared and most of all organized, and who always ends up confused, you’re doomed.

But I like compromises and love making up for my shortcomings. So beginning this entry, not date, because I’m working on my backlog, I’m posting a Saint Vincent Building series. I’m trying not to do more than three in a row, I promise.

Ugh, and since I’m working backwards, moving forward is hard, leaving more entry-less dates, like tomorrow and the succeeding days. It’s a vicious cycle. I know.

If you’ve been tuning in to this blog on its first days, yeah, when I had entries ready 10 days ahead always, you might remember me posting a photograph of Adamson University’s Saint Vincent Building. Here’s another one. And there’d be two more.

school here (or part 3)

Ermita Catholic School
MH del Pilar Street, Ermita, Manila

Aside from the random buildings that go up beside parishes, there are also Catholic schools usually within the territory of a big parish. Here’s one in Ermita.

There are 7 other Catholic secondary schools in South Manila: Holy Family Parochial, Malate Catholic, Paco Catholic, Saint Anthony, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter the Apostle and Pius X. North Manila has 6, Central Manila 5. That makes 19 in Manila alone. For entire Metro Manila, the number of all Archdiocesan and Parochial schools would be 86.

outside and inside

San Vicente de Paul Catholic Church
San Marcelino Street, Ermita, Manila

From the LRT, while hanging out in Luneta or by crossing Ayala Bridge it is hard not to see San Vicente de Paul’s silver dome (which was reddish until lately). But since it’s accessible through San Marcelino Street and not along the busier Taft Avenue, San Vicente de Paul Catholic Church and the Adamson University campus are architectural marvels unknown to a lot of Manileños like me.

I’ve always thought the dome I see is from Hospicio de San Jose’s chapel until I got there and learned it’s a totally different thing. I concluded it must be Adamson’s or Santa Isabel’s but since I had no business in San Marcelino I never had the chance to prove or disprove my hypothesis.

San Vicente’s exterior has a very different feel to it.  I’m not an architecture student so I wouldn’t know. The entrance is like a simplified and more Filipino form of its equivalent in Manila Cathedral. So that makes it Earthquake Baroque? The balcony of sorts on top is very reminiscent of San Fernando Cathedral in Pampanga. Everything else seems more Eastern Orthodox, or I’m just thinking such is the case because Adamson University is founded by a Greek scientist. Maybe. But it’s not hard to assume that given the shape of the bell tower’s top.

The interior looks new and unimpressive. The bad cloud formations in the retablo looks like it’s Rococo influenced but everything else seems too plain for that lavish movement. The small hanging lamps that line the aisle are very nice though. See, because San Vicente isn’t so known it is hard to look for a website that contains information about it. But maybe it is because of the fact that there’s nothing much to see. I still love its exterior and its color scheme.

It’s a photo a day. I’ll post more San Vicente photographs in future entries.