Lagusnilad in the City of Manila has been undergoing rehabilitation since last year, and by the end of the August, the underpass is set to be reopened. Ahead of this, Mayor Isko Moreno has shared some renderings of the new-look walkway on a Facebook post. Check out the images below:
In case you’re wondering about those bookshelves in the last image, they presumably represent the new location of Books from Underground, the well-known bookstore that was shuttered when Lagusnilad was cleared of vendors ahead of its rehabilitation. A CNN Philippines news article from last year reported that Moreno would be providing store owner AJ Laberinto a proper stall and a chance to legitimize his business when the underpass reopens.
“Wag ho kayong mag-alala,” the mayor said at the time. “Matapos namin yan linisin, bibigyan namin siya ng pagkakataon na ma-legitimize yung kanyang existence.”
Another notable feature of the facelifted walkway is the Manila City Underpass Mural Project, a collaboration between the local government and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The murals depict important moments, places, and figures in the country’s history.
We should be seeing the actual finished product soon enough. For those who will get to see it in person, share with us your thoughts in the comments.