BPI to unveil historic bank teller’s cages PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 June 2012 13:50

BPI is set to showcase its famous antique teller’s cages used during the early period of the 1912 second provincial branch. Set amidst a distinctively unique tiled flooring during that American era which was specially ordered from Machuca & Sons in Manila, presently known as Machuca Tiles Inc. founded by Don Jose Machuca y Romeo in 1900 and is the premier producer of Mediterrean design cement tiles in the Philippines.

The showcase of the oldest known bank tellers’ cages in Mindanao, will bring back memories to countless families and their children who continue to give trust and confidence in the bank after one hundred years of ‘making it easy’ in providing banking services, according to Dr. Myl Johann R. Amsid, Senior Manager and Corporate Cluster Head  of the Emerging Market Unit, covering the corporate business around the areas of  Zamboanga City, Pagadian, Dipolog and Ozamiz cities.  

The 17th Century house had two storeys: a ground floor with very thick wall and an upper storey made of wood with overhanging balconies, which  were closed off with windows whose panes were made from capiz, a flat  translucent shell which is an essential ingredient of the Philippine  style. In the absence of capiz shell-the use of louvered persiana windows with beveled panels are also utilized. The blending of east and west produced beautiful architecture which became popular during the 17th century and characteristic of the unique Philippine style: Friar Francisco Alcina was to term this “Mestizo” Architecture (The Western Orient-Manila-1571-1898 by Javier Aguilar Roxas, pg. (97).

Ongoing renovation is happening in the second storey historical building, it totally consist of hardwood. The open lattice-works of interior walls was made wider and stretched from pillar to pillar, and the tracery of the flowers and lyre shaped motifs cast dramatic ornamental shadows. A combination of floral and geometric motifs are abundant over the whole interior and exterior, on the arches are fretted incised stars, and metal cast iron grilles with floral motifs dominates the ventanillas on the frontage along the verandah. Mandarin squares- a Chinese motif in decoration and embellishment are evident in the upper walls facing the verandah. The Inner partitions were made of latticed wood works that form arches as it delineates space, the use of wooden balusters is profuse in this building that gives an illusion of lightness to the austere wooden walling. This description is part of the commissioned research work done by Ms Icelle Borja Estrada

As part of the centennial celebration, due to insistent public demand, BPI will bringing back the limited edition BPI Commemorative Tattoo Stick, you will be able to access BPI Express Online and selected BPI sites without using up your prepaid load.

Order your stick online through Globe’s Tattoo Shop Delivery is FREE nationwide and will be completed within 2-3 working days for Metro Manila and 5-10 working days for provincial orders. Payment Options: Cash on Delivery, Credit Card, GCASH, or via Payment Center.