Acknowledgement

My college life taking up architecture in this university had given me not just knowledge in this ‘destined’ course or field, but also wonderful experiences with a long list of names that I should give credit for attached to it.  These people that made up the life I am building and still under construction are the foremost foundation of the history I am trying to create for myself and for the people I love. From the start, it had been you guys who made me carry on and finish what I have started. I never took the time to thank you nor show you how much I am thankful for all the things I have been through with you around. You helped me get through all of these and all the credit goes out to each and everyone who had been in and out of my life for the past five years.

To our mentors: Arch. Danny Capili, our Adviser for his patience and confidence about our study, Arch. Pancho Villanueva, Arch. Luzette Lareza, Arch. Dennis Estacio, Arch. Markoxley Enriquez, our consultants and advisers for sharing their knowledge and time. To Arch. Roger Magsakay, Arch. Godesil Lejarde, Arch. Hershey Didulo, Arch. Diomar De Castro, our jurors. To Arch. Celesta Dawn in spite of her busy schedule and did not actually accepted any consultancy but gave time to scrutinize our study, Arch. Dinky Einsiedel, Ditas Bermudez, Mr. Ernie Panis, the Lola Grande Foundation, Filipinas Heritage Library and the Manila City Hall for sharing data and information about Santa Ana, Manila and assisting us through our research. Words would never be enough to thank you.

My friends who had been there especially Maria Ruth Centeno who stood by me from our freshmen year until our thesis defense (until today). PKG (Para Kay God!), especially Arvin, Kim, Leovigildo, Mikko, Narciso who were there since the RM cheering me up and helping me out. If it was not for you guys, I might have lost my sanity and given up that very day of my defense.  Alenor dela Cruz, Bonita Cesumission, Carmina Peralta, Joshea Magdaleno who rescued me during the translation and shared their talents. For Jayson Bautista, Ijvan Barrera, Dyanne de Jesus, Josel Lyn Somoro for finding time to help me out in your own little ways. Thank you guys, I hope I could return the favor one day. To KKT, FFs, my wbf, all of my friends and batch mates you are part of all these things I poured in this thesis book and translation. I am blessed to have met and had an opportunity of having you in my life.

To my family especially my parents, who are the foundation of everything that I did and who I am today and the reason of everything, thank you. My brother, my sister and our relatives, who helped us out in times of need, thank you.

Furthermore to You, Abba Father whose undying love get us through the end and never left us from the start. For your guidance, your blessings, your compassion and faith that led us to the right direction where you wanted to lead our study. May this work of ours be useful for the other generations that stumble upon it, help them out and serve its purpose.

With this, may God be praised.

Love and Respect,

Minaret

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It was not exactly my dream to be an architect and build houses and structures of different kinds. I, on the other hand loves planning and designing spaces or imagine them the way I planned it inside my mind since I was young. I have always dreamed of having my own community and running it and providing people what they need. May be that was the start of it that I did not know would latter come to this. I might have like a different course or field but I do believe I have things to fulfill and impart in architecture that I will discover in the coming days.

This book also gave me hope that I might actually have a career in architecture specializing or focusing in the built heritage in our country. I hope that one day, everyone will be aware of these problems that our country’s facing that are often neglected due to the modernization and the minds of the young generation that prefers something new instead of keeping what is still there.

With all these things I have learned in my 9 years of stay in the Bulacan State University since my high school days, for all we know that nothing is constant but change, it is important to look back and care for what made us up for what we are today.

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