If you happen to pass through Aparente Avenue lately on your way to City Heights, you will notice a building under construction at the corner of the road leading inside the Provido Subdivision, just a few meters from the National Highway.
This actually belongs to World Flyweight Champ Manny Pacquiao and is his second two-storey mixed use commercial building in General Santos City even before the first one has been fully occupied.
Artist’s Sketch of the MJP Building of Manny Pacquiao which is still under construction along Aparente Avenue. (Click for a larger view.)
If the first one along Osmena South is named JMP Building (after Jinky & Manny Pacquiao), this one will be known as MJP Building (with Manny’s initial coming up first). It is also designed by the same guy, Architect Rex Acdal.
The JMP Building of Manny Pacquiao along South Osmena Street which still has to be fully occupied. (Click for a larger view.)
My blog post about the first Pacquiao Building elicited a lot of comments from readers who either loved or hated the design. Making the matters more interesting is a response from a person who said that he was Architect Rex Acdal, challenging everyone to take up Architecture and come up with better designs. Replies to the diatribe of this person, who I unmasked later as an impostor, flew off the roof.
The JMP Building along South Osmena at night (Click for a larger view.)
Then, a few weeks later, another email from “The Real Rex Acdal” appeared, which was really from him (I talked to the architect personally about it) and this time, giving the readers his thoughts about his design of the Pacquiao South Osmena Building.
Here’s what the “Real Architect Rex Acdal” wrote, unedited. Highlighted words are courtesy of Bariles:
Hello guys,its only now that i was able 2 read some of ur comments regarding d new pacquiao bldg. ur comments amused me (sori,i wasnt able 2 read d others).i hope d author cud update u w/ d latest picture wherein ur concern about d parking will b answered(we have parking slots n front of d bldg). I cant put here n detail d rationale behind d design,it wil take me until morning 2 do so.but i promise,every detail has meaning & purpose.every mass,every plain & curve has intentions.d “sashimi plate” was inspired by d hull of fishing boats.those “trellised” balconies & sunshades were designed to minimise d effect of d radiant heat.the color scheme?…well,green goes well w/ earth tones…and is d favorite color of my client.how wud u feel i u see a mountain,all clay w/o a tree?…dry,monotonous,lifeless.we filipinos love color,we are hapi pipol. Watch out guys, BLUGRE CAFE is coming to town…syempre sa bldg ni pacman. Architecture is the mother of ol arts `coz its 3 dimensional & u can feel d space.it is also more art than science.for me,that bldg of pacman is ARThitecture. i hope some of u cud get inside it and feel the space. Some may not like it(they are entitled to their opinion & i respect it),but im proud to have created it…IM PROUD TO HAVE CREATED SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING DIFFERENT!….why follow when u can be a step ahead?..GUDNYT GUYS!THANKS!
And so with that, I hope you dear readers will be more than clarified on the first building’s design’s intent and purpose and that you will be more objective with your opinions about this second Pacquiao Building along Aparente Avenue, parang awa ninyo na. 🙂 🙂
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Rex daan naman sa cdo may pa design ako sayo mas malaki pa sa ky pacman at ibigay muna yung pick up mo ky bong pang regalo maawa kanaman sa utol mo.
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sana po may STARBUCKS sa robinson.. and soon sm gensan and ayala… huhuhhuh… gud luck kcc lalo na ang gaisano.. pero go gihapon! go gensan!
@GorG – Naku po, and Starbucks Philippines sa pagkakaalam ko ay hindi nag aallow ng franchises for starbucks elsewhere in the islands. If a starbucks outlet has opened, it is an official branch coming from the owners whom are the Tantonco family. 🙂 Invite kaya natin sila dito sa Gensan!…
^^Blugre is fine. Sana may BO’s din to complete the cast. 🙂
bLUGRE will do!..
I am not underestimating Gensan. Besides, its not just about money matters. Marami dito sa Gensan who can afford for the franchise… 🙂 ooopps…sorry…I was told its the Ayalas 🙂
About putting up a starbucks franchise here, on my own opinion hindi ganun kalakas yan dito. If titingnan mo ang Coffee Club, not all the time marami tao even on weekends. Mabibigla ka na lang na kunti lang tao, mabibigla ka din kapag madami. Good thing about Coffee Club is that they have a restaurant and by far isa sila sa mga forefronters on fine dining here in Gensan, so may roots na talaga sila. Whereas Starbucks considering its quality, wala talaga ako masasabi but then siguro they have to have a feasibility study first dito sa Gensan. Yeah, yeah people who surf the net love starbucks but then hindi naman yun assurance na maraming tao pupunta dun. Though, I am really hoping that we would have a Starbucks here. Maybe they could start marketing the powdered coffee na binibenta nila sa Davao muna. Kung click yun sa mga tao dito, well I think they have to reconsider putting up a franchise here.
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hehehe, hmmm…. I heard may mga franchises ang starbucks na nag close sa Luzon. Good thing we have Blugre brewing soon here. BLUGRE cafe, the coffee shop for the BLOGGER. hehehehe…
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@Nate, thanks for that info. Super mahal ang Starbucks talaga. We have better and more affordable coffee choices locally. 🙂
aba eh bakit? wala bang “k” ang gensan kung ang gensan mauna magkaroon ng starbucks sa isla ng mindanao? nako ha?…besides hindi ayala’s ang exclusive franchisee ng starbucks sa pinas no…kaya, sa pagbubukas sana po ng robinson’s place gensan ay attention po mr. Bienvenido R. Tantoco Sr. & family, the entire gensan and socsksargen is waiting for starbucks coffee! 😀
unta magpatukod pud c idol manny og bars and restaurant para bongga ang effect hihihihi….grabe mga landmark ni manny bah…padaghan na padaghan unta sunod niya na itokod kanang mall para atsup….kaya na bitaw niya na kay iyang kwarta ni abot na og billion pesos idol panghatag pud dra beh..bisag laptop lng kundi mp4 tong 80 gig og portable speaker w/ USB + cellphone
renovation is on-going for Blugre. Been at the building last week for tan-ton 🙂 nanghihinayang ako sa tiles.binakbak lahat. anyway, iba naman kse ang theme ng blugre. pangit naman kung the same tiles di babagay sa kanilang color.hehe..pero sayang! tsk..tsk..
as to starbucks, siympre maraming kokontra pag nauna ang gensan! there are davao, cagayan, etc pa.hehe..talk to the Ayalas!!! 🙂 Baka pag me Ayala mall na dito. GO Gensan!
with this development, more sme’s will have the venue to showcase their products and services… 🙂
hmmmm…. damihan mo pa manny and make more designs rex, lets c kung d rin mapagod ang mga inggit… Pinoy tlaga, crab mentality
rammybo: sarap kaya ng blugre..wahaha…pero mas ok kung starbucks.
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hmmmm… blugre?? dili man ko fan sa blugre wen i was in davao. pero, cguro i haven’t given it a chance lng cguro when i was there. let’s just see pag anjan na 😀 sana starbucks na lng para 1st in mindanao na starbucks! ahahhaa….. tnx for the info kuya avel 😀
marami pa daw papagawang commercial structures si pacman dito… wowowee!
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talaga? magbu-blugre cafe na dito? wow!
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@tanchi, yeah! I know the owners, Gatchi and Larsie Gatchalian. February most likely is the opening. 🙂
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why follow when u can be a step ahead
I always walk by there and has been constantly waiting for improvements in the bldg. So far, wala pa maxadong business establishments sa building pag tiningnam mo sa labas, kailan po ba dadating ung Blugre Cafe kasi nakakasawa na sa Coffee Club, mas maganda siguro ang Blugre Cafe basically kasi andaming business establishments na makikita around it like for example you want to eat grilled foods and garlic chicken. Or after eating you can drop by the Blugre Cafe for desserts or a cup of coffee. Sana kaya nila tapatan ang coffee club when it comes to services though there are a lot of coffee shops that sprouted here in Gensan like Veranda (though kunti lang ang maoorder mo dun) Gensan Brew (pero til 7 pm lang), Fagioli (ang layo naman), Theresa’s (pero mas maraming nagiinuman dun). I hope Blugre cafe would be better. Thanks for the post sir Avel.
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hingi ka na lang ke world champ ng laptop .. bk apple pa bigay sau heheheheheh
Haha.. kawawa naman yung hindi totoong Rex Acdal, naputukan ng sangkatutak na comments! Anyway, I believe kanya kanyang taste lang yan. I’m sure Manny and Jinky Pacquiao loved the design. Else, they would not approve of it. Mas importante na gusto nila — sila gagastos eh. 😀
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same architect boss?.. lingaw nasad ning mga comments ani!