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IN PHOTOS: 6 PhilAm Life Building Treasures We Will Miss

A look back at this iconic building's remarkable features

This past week, the internet has been on an uproar due to the photos shared on Facebook of cultural center PhilAm Life Building located in Malate, Manila being dismantled.

The architectural icon, which served as the headquarters of insurance company PhilAm Life since 1961, is best known for its International Style design and  the halls of its well-loved auditorium, which boasts of superior acoustics and elegant interior. Several local and international musicians, choirs, and symphony orchestras got to perform in its theater, including Renata Tebaldi, Franco Corelli, Marian Anderson, Pinchas Zukerman and Cecile Licad.

As the company vacated the building to move to their new office in BGC, Taguig in 2013, SM Development Corporation purchased the complex, with the promise of preserving the historic edifice. However, after the photos of tearing the building down circulated on social media, it’s said that the real estate giant has plans of constructing a condominium complex in its place—which will include “a world-class, state-of-the-art theater that will serve the cultural needs of the vicinity,” according to architect Gerard Lico.

In remembrance to this cultural site, let’s revisit six treasures of the PhilAm Life building that made its mark in our history—from its memorable exterior and interior design, the art pieces that hung on its surfaces, and the showcase of talent that add personality and character to place. Check out the gallery below:

Lead photos by Gerard Lico