[This article, written by Linda B. Bolido, was first published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on November 20, 2016. You can click here to read the original article.]
Some people may think Ayala Land Inc is “slumming” by acquiring the Tutuban Center, a bargain hunter’s paradise. After all, the ALI brand is almost synonymous with luxe.
But for ALI, Tutuban is a feather in its cap and a major coup.
For one thing, it is historic.
A marker at the shrine of the Great Plebeian, Andres Bonifacio, Father of the Philippine Revolution against Spain and founder of the Katipunan, tells visitors this is where the great revolutionary was born.
Tutuban has also been the hub of the Philippine National Railway (PNR) system, which started in 1892 as the Ferrocaril de Manila-Dagupan that ran between the national capital and Pangasinan.
And now, development plans will preserve Tutuban Center as the heart of Divisoria retail and wholesale shopping in Manila and a major transportation hub, as it becomes a key terminal interchange between the North Rail, South Rail and the LRT2 West Extension.