Old DOH Builing in Filinvest Alabang

Arnaldo
Arnaldo
January 19, 2011


I was enjoying biking around Filinvest a couple of days ago when I decided to get close to the old Department of Health building. That white crumbling building near Asian hospital and BFAD. I’m sure it was once a great looking building. The style is art deco with a hint of Filipino architecture thrown in.
These types of building are becoming rarer and rarer. I remember the Skydome in Manila, shameleslly destroyed by Atienza’s administration, it was a great Manileno landmark. Too bad the place caught the attention of politicians that does not have a single cell of creativity in their heads. In Manila, there’s not a lot of these considering that this style was very popular then as it is American. This DOH building in Alabang is probably one of those that made it outside the big city. I took pictures ( posted here) of this place with some sadness as I want it to be remembered when its no longer there.
I found out that the left side of it is made a make shift house for their maintenance and security personnel but the building itself is no longer used. I was asked by the security guard not to get near the building as they have been instructed not to allow anyone in. I’m not even sure when the building was constructed but the antiquarian in me makes me feel sorry that it would eventually be destroyed to give way to new construction. If this building was in Miami, where art deco is worshiped as if it were some relic from the heavens, then there’s no need to worry about its place but this is Filipinas – these objects means nothing to most of us.
I really don’t know what’s the story of this building. I like Rizal’s “science over death” replica statue that stands in the front yard. The facade reminds me of the municipal hall of Sariaya. It would be really nice if we would all come to a point when instead of destroying we go for re-use. In the coming years, when this private corporation have decided what to do with this building (chances it they will bring it down) some of us locals here would wonder what ever happened to that white building with a statue of a naked lady standing on top a skull.

Muntinglupa

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traveler on foot
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traveler on foot

we’ve been to the municipal hall in Sariaya, it is an excellent art deco specimen. Hope they preserve that old DOH building in Alabang. Sayang yung architectural value if they tore down a building belonging to a particular period.

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drewtot_angeltot
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drewtot_angeltot

the building will be preserved including the statue, it will be part of the Festival Supermall Expansion

princess peaches
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Hello! I live near festival and i feel you too!!! these were the witnesses of time older than men..too bad if they’d be demolished. Anyways, at the present, i think they are preserving it. May taklub na kasi, unlike before and there was construction on going…sana maging museum nalang..heard creepy japanese soldier ghost stories there and cobra infestation on the place.. nakakatuwa maraming nakaka appreciate like you!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

it is not DOH building it is BPS(Biological Production Service) Building

aliver
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aliver

the emblem below is Department of Health

Lou
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Lou
Via Marielle Sorongon
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Hi! Meron po bang specific na gagawin dito? Like gagawin din po bang extension ng mall or something? This is part of my tourism plan and development po kasi. I just wanna know if gagawin siyang extension ng mall or something. And where is this place exactly? I’m not familiar with this building. I hope you can answer. Thank you so much!

aliver
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aliver
Anon
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Anon

The Scientia was spared!

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