Our Desire to see, feel and experience the Beautiful City of Manila, is rooted in the rich historical importance of Lovely, Manila.
The City of Manila, was once of the most important port city of Asia. Since the Galleon Trade, Golden Era, to being the Darling City , ” Pearl of the Orient” days of the 1800’s to Pre- War Prosperous years of the mid 1930’s.. The City of Manila was indeed a Lovely City of Happy, Wealthy and Healthy Urban Living.
Our Renewal of Faith in the City of Manila, comes from the realization that, we can! If once after the second world war, Manila was one of the worst devastated City of Asia, was once again Rebuild and Renewed under the American Commonwealth , then we too, as a sovereign City , can and with Faith carry out this calling, this Duty, this Responsibility, to Revitalize the City into its Beautiful past.
Our Faith, is to trust, in the Leadership of the New Mayor, Honorable Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Former President of the Republic. With decades of experience as a Public Servant, Mayor of San Juan, a former Senetor, and Vice- President, Our New Mayor, has all the necessary Know-how, in leading the City of Manila into its former glory.
The President- Mayor ” ERAP” like a strong , wounded soldier and warrior. He has the necessary know-how, with practical knowledge, instinctive brilliance, and pragmatic, ” down-to-earth ” personable approach, Our Mayor shall be the Victor, who will give it his all, to see to it that His Legacy as a Patriot,Shall be always be known , as the Leader who Revitalized The City of Manila. This is our Faith, in our Leader and the Responsible Dedicated Citizens of Manila.
Our HOPE , in the Revitalization of The Premier City of Manila, comes from knowing our capabilities. It is rooted in our Confidence in Divine Providence. The Power of Prayer is needed in carrying out this “impossible” task. For we have the Faith and Hope in GOD, that we will Receive the necessary Blessings and Graces needed to overcome self interest, corruption, and a GOD- less mentality of Geed, Materialism, Violence and Hedonism.
Our Hope, comes from the Light, from which we see the Leadership, the Spirit of Cooperation, Solidarity of the Citizens of Manila and the Unity, Harmony and Spirit of Corps among the City Councillors, Barangay Captains, Kagawads, and Tanod members.
Our Hope, is in the Private- Public Partnership, who together shall form a strong Army of Responsible Citizens, who shall carry out and implement the Master Plan for the Urban Renewal of the City of Manila.
Our Hope in the Private Sector, United to and in Support of the Local Government, shall put into concrete practice, their Corporate Social Responsibility, and contribute to the needs of the City of Manila.
Private Sector Groups, NGO’s, and Civic Organizations will each undertake their projects in a consented , unified manner in Building, Renewing, and Restoring the necessary Structures in the Creation of a New Revitalized City of Manila.
To Carry out and Implement the Master Plan Development of Manila, It is imperative, to have a Private- Public Partnership. This way the much needed Financial and Economic needs of the City of Manila may be properly addressed .
As a Real Estate Appriser and Consultant, I wish to make an inventory of all the Government owned Lands and Properties of the City of Manila. I am sure, given the right market Value, and Fair Rental Prices, the City of Manila can generate the much needed Cash Flow form Leasing out these prime lands and sites.
I am not suggesting the increase of Real Estate Taxes, rather, I am suggesting that all properties be revitalized into its Best Use. For it is in the proper Utilization of Land, will the City of Manila gain its Renewal, Value, and Wealth.
The City Government must enforce , under the Local Government Act, the power to impose ” idle Land tax”. It hurts me to see, that prime , well located properties are held idle by some owners. Instead, they ought to at least build much needed Parking Buildings, Retail Establishments, Tourism Sites, Rest & Recreation facilities, Business Outsource Offices and the like.
Our LOVE of the City of Manila, must not just be ” sweet words” but deeds. Our Actions, even if it be on little things, may contribute to much. Little Acts of Heroic commitment in keeping our streets clean , is an example of good citizenship . Little acts of patriotic Love for our Beloved Manila, is shown and concerti zed by paying City Taxes, Fees, and the Financial Support for the City of Manila.
Our Love for our Leaders, particularly our Mayor Joseph Estrada, must be to support Him, Pray for Him and rally behind him. In each small act of love for the City, we will jump start a quantum leap, in doing our part in Manila’s Revitalization.
Our Good intentions, desires, and wishes, must be transformed into a concrete commitment, even if it may entail some sacrifice. For only in sacrifice , can we achieve the noble ambition of Revitalizing the ever Beautiful Manila.. Our Love means Service, and true Love is only shown when there is sacrifice..
We may not see it today, but we know, that the ” hidden” unpolished diamond depends our hands that will Work to see the reality, of the Revitalization of the City of Manila. This is in our Lovely City, in need of Renewal, of FAITH, HOPE &. LOVE.