‘Princesa Tower' to rise in Puerto Princesa

Palawan News - - TOURISM - By Ger­ardo Reyes Re­porter

The city gov­ern­ment on Mon­day said it will push ahead with a project to build a tower struc­ture be­side the City Hall that is de­signed to com­pete among the world’s known iconic struc­tures. Mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron said a 680-me­ter struc­ture that they call “Princesa Tower,” to be de­signed by a pri­vate con­trac­tor, will be fi­nanced by crowd-sourced fund­ing and is hoped to at­tract more tourists into the city. “Ito ay kik­i­lalan­ing iconic cre­ation/build­ing sa buong Pilip­inas. Makakadagdag ito sa pag-draw ng tur­ista dahil sa dis­tinc­tion na sec­ond tallest build­ing in the world. Ayon sa PHIVOLCS (Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Vol­canol­ogy and Seis­mol­ogy) ang Palawan is the only safe place in the Philip­pines na maaar­ing itayo ang gan­ito kataas na build­ing,” he said. Bay­ron said it will be con­structed as a “land­mark fea­ture” ad­ja­cent the New City Hall Build­ing in Barangay Tinigu­iban. He said he hopes the tower “will be in­cluded among the well­known build­ing struc­tures in the Guin­ness Book of World Records.” It will be the sec­ond high­est build­ing to Dubai’s Burj Khal­ifa and will be like the fa­mous Eif­fel Tower in Paris, France, and the Syd­ney Opera House in Aus­tralia, which is two of the world’s most dis­tinc­tive build­ing struc­tures. Bay­ron also said it was dur- ing a na­tional con­ven­tion of the Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Civil En­gi­neers (PICE) in the city two years ago when he pre­sented his dream “to build an iconic build­ing in the city.” He said the pri­vate con­trac­tor who took the chal­lenge to build the “Princesa Tower” is Engr. Rolando Gar­cia, who com­petes with the best in the world in en­gi­neer­ing de­signs. “He (Gar­cia) com­petes with the best in the world ganoon ang kanyang per­spec­tive,” he said, adding the project will re­place the pre­vi­ous pro­posal of a DNA­like struc­ture which is only 135 me­ters high. Rod Saucelo, ex­ec­u­tive as­sis- tant and flag­ship project man­ager said it will have a “sky ride” that will be 550-me­ter high and can ac­com­mo­date 76 per­sons. The ride will be slow-mov­ing, he added, to al­low them a panoramic view of the city. It will fea­ture an out­door wa­ter foun­tain, and its fa­cade will have a 176-me­ter high wa­ter cur­tain that will flow down from the build­ing tower’s up­per decks, which will be “the long­est man­made” in the world, he added. There will be food courts lo­cated on the up­per floors, a Zumba area where peo­ple can have them­selves recorded by drones. and its ground floor will have an open cor­ri­dor or an open park, he said. The open park at the ground floor will also have a 315-me­ter x 8-me­ter semi-cir­cu­lar board­walk that can ac­com­mo­date 4,000 to 5,000 tourists at one time. How­ever, Saucelo said no bud­get has been pro­posed yet by Gar­cia, but it will be funded through “crowd­sourc­ing,” the world­wide prac­tice of so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions from a large num­ber of peo­ple. “Sa ngayon ay wala pa tay­ong cost­ing na natatang­gap dyan. Hindi pa fi­nal­ized. De­sign pa lang ng tower ang meron tayo,” he said. The project’s idea is to let Filipinos all over the world con­trib­ute to the con­struc­tion of the “Princesa Tower.” Saucelo said Gar­cia is “a world-fa­mous in­ven­tor and en­gi­neer with projects in 17 coun­tries and holds 17 in­ven­tion patents, the first-ever achieved by a Filipino. The “Princesa Tower,” will be sub­mit­ted to the Global Ar­chi­tec­tural De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion to com­pete with the world’s en­gi­neer­ing marvels. In Fe­bru­ary this year, Palawan News was the first to come out with the story of the iconic tower project in the city. READ RE­LATED STORY https://palawan-news.com/dna­tower- draw- tourists- now- cook­ing-city-hall/

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