November 02, 2007

Can you identify this Makati building?



Our good friend Eric Vasilik has been sharing some really good photos with us here at Nostalgia Manila. Check them out if you haven't seen them, they're fantastic!

Eric's Photos:
Rizal Park, Manila Photos '60s-'80s
Sulo Restaurant, Makati Photos '60s
Rizal Park, Makati, Manila Hotel, American Cemetery, The Army Navy Club Photos '60s-'80s


Now we need a bit of help identifying this building. We're not sure where in Makati these photos were taken, and aren't even sure if the building still exists today. The first photo was taken in the 60's; the cars in the foreground give away the decade this photo was taken. The second photo was taken in the 80's when two floors of the building burned down. Eric's father had an office in the building, and it's been rumored that the cause of the fire was arson.

Does anyone have a clue where in Makati these photos were taken, and the name of the building? Is it still around today?


15 comments:

jason_the_music_lover said...

i think it's the unionbank bldg beside the rufino tower. it's along ayala avenue. rufino tower is on the right side. not sure of the bldg on the left side. pls post more of ayala avenue pics. wanna see more of how the bldgs looked before, thanks!

Anonymous said...

yes that building is still there. i just cannot remember the street. i will research.
baka dela rosa cor. ayala ave?

Anonymous said...

I believe it was called the Sarmiento Building? It's right across the Rufino bldg. Herrera corner Ayala street.

dinoalbert said...

That building is the SSS building beside Rufino tower located in the corner of Ayala Ave and Herrera St (now Rufino St). That building still exist today in fact our company held office there some few years ago. The building on the right side of the photo is the Rufino tower which still exist today but became taller :)

Lady in Red said...

I recognize the Rufino Tower, which is across the unnamed building.

I believe it's the old Unionbank Building (before it transferred to Meralco Ave. in Ortigas). But if that was in the 60s, I am not sure if it's called the same.

That building still exists. It's called SSS, I think. Now, it has Sterling Bank at the ground floor. It's at the corner of Ayala Av and Rufino (formerly Herrera). It's the building in front of PBCom.

Lady in Red said...

Ahh! The building beside is JAKA building.

ribbiticus said...

yup - was about to say jaka, too. i think it does still stand across the rufino building along herrera st. ;)

Anonymous said...

Yes, that is the current SSS Makati Building where Unionbank, before they completed their Ortigas HQ, held office. This was originally the Sarmiento Building.

arpee lazaro said...

it's the sss building at the corner of herrera and ayala avenue. it still exists today.

jason_the_music_lover said...

i was wrong w/ my first comment.... it was the sss bldg! ba't ko nga ba nasabing union bank?

Anonymous said...

eto yung dating headquarter ng philippine banking corporation...corner ng ayala at herrera.

Anonymous said...

Originally, it was the Sarmiento Building. It was built by the Sarmiento family to house their various business ventures. Eventually, the building was sold and changed names many times along the way

bong.cosca said...

It certainly used to be the Sarmiento Building, sold off to the SSS, which has a large stake in the Union Bank. So they both occupied that building for quite some time. Building on the right is indeed the Rufino Tower, which is undoubtedly one of the oldest buildings in that strip of Ayala Avenue.

Anonymous said...

the sss building at the corner of herrera and ayala avenue.. and in this building I working. Can anyone tell me or know, how many peoples are died in here? it so hard to find at google about the history of this building. Thanks

rbc said...

It is the Philippine Banking Corporation Building, Ayala Avenue corner Herrera St., formerly owned by the Laurels. I used to work there back in the early 80s. Fronting it is Rufino Tower. Across Herrera street was another bank, if I am not mistaken, PBCom which was merged with Solid Bank. Philippine Banking Corporation's building, when the bank merged with Global Bank sometime in the late 90s or early 2000 was sold to Security Bank and Trust Company.



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