MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – No conflict is without a resolution.
On Monday, the Philippines’ Supreme Court, with a vote of 8-5, issued a restraining order against the construction of the 46-storey Torre de Manila. A temporary restraining order immediately went into effect enjoining respondent DMCI Project Developers Inc. from continuing with the construction and development of the condominium project.
Petitioner Knights of Rizal said the building mars the view of the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park and would completely dominate the vista, substantially diminishing in scale and importance the most cherished monument of the country’s national hero.
On Tuesday, the high court ruled the construction can resume after the developer submitted a new plan that was immediately accepted by the petitioner.
The new plan calls for the draping of the front facade of the condominium building with a giant Philippine flag. The flag, which would be the size of 40 floors of the building, will drape the building for 24 hours, 365 days a year. The developer will also ensure that the giant flag will immediately be replaced with a new one if torn or damaged by Manila’s weather conditions.
“We actually love the idea,” the Knights of Rizal said, “because the giant flag provides a very appropriate backdrop for the monument. After all, Rizal is our national hero and he deserves to be honored as such.”