Manila City Hall clock tower eyed as tourist attraction photo Philippine Star

Manila City Hall clock tower eyed as tourist attraction

Dec 29, 2021, 8:41 AM
Heloise Diamante

Heloise Diamante


Manila Mayor Isko Moreno draws inspiration from the Old Washington Post office in Washington D.C. as the local government renovates the iconic clock tower.

THE iconic Manila City Hall clock tower will soon be open to the public interested on looking down at the city in its view deck or enjoy a warm cup of joe in its coffee shop.

On December 27, Manila Mayor and presidential candidate Isko Moreno toured journalists on the newly renovated and historic city hall clock tower he plans to open to the public as a tourist attraction.

The clock tower, dubbed as the Philippines’ version of London’s “Big Ben”, is being renovated to attract foreign and local tourists interested in the city hall’s role in history.

“Ang bagong bihis na clock tower ay mayroong apat na palapag kung saan magkakaroon po tayo ng exhibit area at cafeteria,” wrote Moreno on his social media page.

He added that they will put up information boards on the walls going up the tower so visitors could learn about the city’s rich history. Local painters and other artists will also be showcased.

Following the inauguration of the newly renovated Manila Zoo, which is scheduled to formally open to the public this December 30, the Manila mayor is planning to offer a tourism package.

The tour of the country’s capital will include Manila Zoo, Jones Bridge, Lagusnilad, Kartilya (ng Katipunan), Mehan Garden, Intramuros.

Designed by Antonio Toledo in the 1930s, it is the largest clock tower in the Philippines. It rings three times a day to mark the break time of Manila City Hall employees and at the end of the business day.

The clocks were painted gold in July 2020 when the renovations of the clock tower started.

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