Palafox shows Zambo’s ‘postcards from future’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 August 2016 14:30

By VIC LARATO

Imagine, Zamboanga will transform from being “Asia’s Latin City” at present into a more inclusive, more interfaith and more cosmopolitan city 15 years or less from now as envisioned by the Palafox Associates, a multi-disciplinary firm founded in 1989 by a world renowned architect and urban planner Felino Palafox Jr.

Palafox presented to the multi-sectoral gathering yesterday what he termed as postcards from the future of Zamboanga City, visualization, and the pictures of vision for the city.

Among those on display, to the delight and appreciation of those present, were:

The beach coast and bay walk of R.T. Lim Boulevard is imagined to become one of the foremost recreational centers in Zamboanga City. With its scenic view of the neighboring islands, the easement zone can develop into an area for recreation and other activities such as strolling and jogging.

The Rio Hondo waterfront will become a place for community interaction and a place for active recreational activities. But more importantly, it will become a cultural walk that tells the story of the people of Zamboanga, of different faiths and tribes, through interactive public art and dedication walls. The river easements will be the place for activities with cafes and kiosks and the river for light water transport.

The coastline of Paseo del Mar will become a bay walk filled with establishments for social gatherings, night life and dining place. With scenic views of the nearby islands and Basilan Strait, it is an ideal place for both locals and tourists to have fun, and be able to enjoy the beauty of Zamboanga City’s coasts.

Prof. Ali T. Yacub, president and founder of the Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates, lauded Palafox’s development proposal and vision for Zamboanga City in the future, describing the proposal as outstanding.

“We agree with Mayor Beng Climaco that we are no longer the backdoor, and we have to develop into a real front door. Now, it is not only the city government but the people are included in the planning process,” Prof. Yacub, who never missed attending the previous planning sessions and consultations on Palafox’s development strategies for Zamboanga.

“Those sceneries are so beautiful when they’re realized, but will our people cooperate? That is the danger. Our people must be educated to cooperate with our government in order to help the people and help the city,” Yacub further said.

He also shared with the idea of Architect Palafox that Zamboanga can rightfully be called an interfaith city, owing to the diverse faiths and cultures of its people.

For his part, Congressman Mannix Dalipe of the second district also commended yesterday gathering to push the development of Zamboanga.

“This is very good. For all the things we do, we have to plan for them. I’m very happy with the leadership of Mayor Beng Climaco for calling us in so that we can support and coordinate whatever programs the national government will have,” Dalipe said.

Arch. Palafox was précised in saying that “seeing the plan, the more convinced we are that there is high development potential for Zamboanga.”

“Our term of reference is only the comprehensive land use and zone. We have included extra professional deliverables like transportation, tourism master planning, security by design and disaster preparedness because Zamboanga City can and will develop,” he said.

Present yesterday were top city officials from Mayor Climaco, the two congress persons Rep. Celso Lobregat and Rep. Dalipe,  barangay officials, civic organizations and all other sectors, to include the members of the City Development Council (CDC).— Vic Larato