Today in History

April 25, 2010 12:41 pm 

April 25, 1888

MANILA, April 25 — On April 25, 1888, Juan Arellano, a Filipino architect and painter, known as architect of Manila's Metropolitan Theater, was born in Manila.

Arellano finished his Bachelor's degree in Architecture in the United States being sent as one of the first pensionados in architecture and worked abroad.

He was also the architect of the Executive House (1926) (now houses the National Museum of the Philippines), the Manila Post Office Building (1926), the Cebu Provincial Capitol (1937), and the Jones Bridge.

Notably, in 1930, he returned to Manila and designed the Manila Metropolitan Theater, which was then considered controversially modern.

He also continued to act as a consulting architect for the Bureau of Public Works where he oversaw the production of Manila's first zoning plan.

In 1940, he was the one who created a design for Quezon City, which was to become the new capital of the Philippines.

It was during that time that he also designed the building that would house the United States High Commission to the Philippines, later the Embassy of the United States in Manila.

He retired in 1956 and went back to painting until his death in 1967.

Also on this same day in 1974 was when the Central Bank of the Philippines allowed four commercial banks to act as gold dealers to promote local gold production.

The Philippine National Bank, the China Banking Corporation, the Equitable Banking Corporation and the First National City Bank were designated as official gold traders for holding required assets of not less than P1 billion and a net worth of not less than P100 million. (PNA) DCT/SDT/jsd

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