The Manila city government will soon unveil a newly-rehabilitated Anda Circle, the roundabout at the boundary of Intramuros and Port Area.
REMOVAL OF ANDA CIRCLEFive years ago, DPWH planned to remove it and move it inside the Maestranza Complex (Intramuros) to ease traffic in and out of the port area. But in 2016, the plan to remove the said monument was canceled under the leadership of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NHCP) with the help of Senator Pia Cayetano.
What exactly is the history and Change of Anda Monument and Circle?The Monument and built in honor of Simeon de Anda y Salazar who was governor-general of the philippines from 1770 - 1776. The original monument was built in 1872 near the river pasig under governor-general Carlos Maria dela Tore as a public thanks to Simeon de Anda for his initiative in resisting the British occupation of Manila which began in 1762. After the war, the monument was moved to its current location on Bonifacio Drive.
ANDA CIRCLE TODAYThe said roundabout was undergoing rehabilitation under the leadership of Mayor Isko Moreno to make the said roundabout a Tourist Attraction that will be compared to the 'WELCOME MONUMENT' in Jakarta, Indonesia it is an iconic landmark in their country.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said pedestrian lanes will be placed around Anda Circle so the public can safely go near it.
“Layunin po nito na magbigay ng bagong atraksyon para sa inyo mga minamahal kong Batang Maynila (We aim to give a new attraction for you, my beloved Manileños),” Domagoso said in a recent post.
“Higit na mas magiging makulay at kapanapanabik rin ang susunod ninyong pagdalaw sa makasaysayang Fort Santiago at iba pang lugar sa loob ng Intramuros sapagkat ilang hakbang lang ang layo ng mga ito sa Anda Circle (Your next visits to the historic Fort Santiago and other places in Intramuros will be more colorful and exciting because they are only a few steps away from Anda Circle),” he added.
THE NEW ANDAEngr. Armand Andres, head of the Manila Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW), had earlier said they will install “moving” solar studs around the monument to give it ample lighting and make it into one of the attractions in the city.
Warm white lights will also illuminate the now clean monument.
Anda Circle, also known as Rotonda Anda, is a roundabout located at the boundary of Intramuros and Port Area in central Manila, Philippines.