RATIONALE Through the history of mankind recreation is fundamentally a large part of their existence as eventually proven by close examination

of the lives of previous society. Man has always had a propensity or natural bent for physical activities. Such innate urge was visibly carried upon subsequent generations, though only deferred in temper and passion, depending on prevailing culture, location and daily pursuit necessary for survival. Primitive as it may, they engaged in routine war-like or religious practice kind of recreation and sports of which hunting and dancing were held favoritely where they used to placate the gods for divine intercession. Therefore, as early as the dawning of civilization, recreation was regarded basic to man. This was true to the Greeks when they laid the philosophy behind the initial Olympics that strengthened their city-state ideals. The Spanish lengthy colonial rule of this island didn t do much on the native recreational affairs, they even utilized it to prop-up and promote their implanted religion where fiestas were rooted. Such celebrations were impregnated with competitive ethnic sports as part of merriment for the elaborate observance, but only to accustom and weld the populace deeper into the Catholic faith. Towards the close of the days of empires in 1898, the Americans reached our shores as the next colonial master. Manila s cold reception over their scheming and victorious showing was reciprocated positively by the Yankees prodigious effort at motivating the city folks to a new way of lifestyle, much different from the antiquated acquiescence we grew with. The Americans introduced systematically democratic percepts through mode of education, health and hygiene, a brand of gospel and new recreational experiences. As such, supplanted a wholly alien culture that filtered in every phase of Filipino life, the purveyors Thomasites did not only taught the 3 r s but acculturated us with their sporty nature. These pioneers initiated the calisthenics to condition the minds and bodies of their brown pupils and made them understand how essential recreation to them. The move took the auspicious precedence in developing well-rounded and physically fit citizenry to populate their Asian possession. Unlike the Spandiars that left their Indo subjects with little access to literacy, frivolity and recreation, relegated them only to the feudal life, labor and pious sacrifices, sungka and sabong to engross with. Sports and amusement were considered commodities and properties of the wealthy few who bet on bullfights, horse races and matches in fencing and chess. The sportsminded Americans afforded the Filipinos the needed leisure time and recreational diversions, thus paved the groundwork and enthusiasm for sports. They opened opportunities to enjoy a fuller life while galvanizing co-existence and unity with the inhabitants. Manilas found themselves spellbound by the great white ways. The early American authorities picked bright Columbus among the native boys as Pensionados to the United States. Upon returning, the batch established the Philippine Columbian Association hand in hand with the YMCA helped nurtured local interests in recreation aside from patriotic aspirations, Supt. Frederick England workout for the massive sporting program tapping government personnel and students. For three decades of sporting under the American flag, homegrown sports great were produced, molded and brought to international fame, the likes of first Filipino Olympian weightlifter Regino Ylanan, world boxing champ Pancho Villa, basketball cager Jacinto Ciria Cruz to name a few and made basketball our national pastime. Characterized with the period of prosperity, the Americanzed Manila was blessed with City Mayors credited with catalogs of recreational achievements such as Justo Lucban who purchased the modern sports equipment for Manilans in 1918, Mayor Felix Roxas with a dozen of Parks and Playgrounds he constructed in 1922 and Miguel Romualdez in 1925 started the ball rolling for the realization of Rizal Memorial Stadium that added to Manila s stature as far as east first world-class city.

Global events afterwards drove the Philippines into the Second World War being a U.S. Satellite. Japanese occupation struck fear among citizenry and recreation was banned for a year (1942) with only basketball and the compulsory Taiso calesthenics permissible. Manila became a war arena in 1944 with the rage of the Japanese rampage at the end of those godless years, ensuing atrocities and unprecedented devastation that left the once prosperous Manila in ruins. Government adifices including our service facilities were obliterated, rendering recreation impossible in such desperate situation and practically retarded the impetus of progress. But like the legendary Phoenix the city raises and fleshes out from its ashes. By 1950, post war recovery accelerated with foreign aid that helped transform the squalled Manila into a throbbing metropolis again, the focal point renewed and recovery effort was once more a scene of all cosmopolitan trapping, modern amenities, lively citizenry, reverberating amusement centers and sporting fervor, all resurrected. However, the city government was confronted with enormous problems of juvenile delinquency and gangsterism that were commonly associated with the hate and repressiveness of the war. Such phenomena aggravated other inherent predicaments like slums, poverty and psychological trauma requiring urgent addressing. On reinstated Mayor Nolasco s shoulder, the burden of infrastructural and human rehabilitation fell. Recognizing the logic of reconstructing recreational facilities, Dr. Nolasco acted with dispatch to curb the war-rooted malefactors. He, thus, redirected wayward energies of youngsters, revived their appetite for sports and contained excessive time to wholesome leisure. Sustaining the move of his predecessor Mayor Fugoso went on further into tending the war displaced youth. He instituted a Boys Home to reform youth offenders. The prevalent problems continued to bug the exemplar Mayor Dela Fuente who was a believer in sports. As a solution, he refurbished antiquated play apparatuses and pursued more aggressively by putting up the Manila Boystown and worked out for the construction of more playgrounds. Being a former athlete and police chief, the mayor was quite obsessed with the task, he ordered the use of end roads and encouraged a vacant lots be converted to basketball courts. When visionary Arsenio Lacson took over the rein, he initiated merger of City Engineering s Public Recreation Division with the Public Welfare s Youth Service Division into Youth and Public Recreations Bureau. On his instance, the Manila Zoo and Botanical Garden was realized in 1956 (the first public zoo in Asia) to the delight of the country. Hewing from the blueprint of Lacson, innovative Antonio Villegas came up with a novelty project called Paraiso ng Batang Maynila aimed at following up the good result of consecutive efforts of Hizzoners before him. The initial ten paraisos featured and ultra modern playgrounds with complete amenities colored and designed to attract appeal among children, sparking their imagination, creativity and health progress. The Paraiso eventually became additional landmark and gave vibrance the visual image of Manila. Manifesting sincere concern, Mayor Yeba (as Villegas fondly called) envigorated the Public Recreations Bureau into full swing to competently manage his pet projects and to implement to the fullest the mandate stipulated in Republic Act 5264 that officially created the Bureau. Subsequent administrations contributed their piece in the demand of building better constituency. The stewardship of Mayor Bagatsing maintained and reconditioned the decade depreciated paraisos to suffice the beautification agenda of then First Lady Imelda R. Marcos. His athletic programs resulted records of excellence of Manila in the Palarong Pambansa . The Marcos years prove a benison to traditional and native games with Manila as rebirth place of sipa , patintero , arnis etc. Mayor Mel Lopez for his part built significant infrastructures like the Tondo and San Andres Sports Complexes while Mayor Alfredo S. Lim embarked intensively on grassroots with the barangays and NGOs involvement in his recreational programs during his term. Mayor Lito Atienza made a rundown of remodeling the facilities, glossed over and refurbished additional structures as exemplified by the Sentro ng Malikhaing Manileño . Today, the advocacy continues with five (5) sports complexes, 36 covered courts, 36 open courts, 4 swimming pools, 6 tennis courts, 1 softball field, 4 handball courts, 2 gateball courts, 9

De Vega. sound body and helps cultivate well-rounded personalities. and latest sports hero Pacquiao who shared the country with international limelight). disciple. two (2) coliseums and a stadium (operated presently by the national government were rosters of celebrated athletes trained and attained glories like Elorde. Buhain. Ultimately the Public Recreations Bureau fulfills its avowed objectives and establishes its primordial role as an important institution in our midst.paraisos /playgrounds. The bureau dispenses peculiar services of putting the city residence in top shape. sociable and productive stock of Manilaños. today and beyond .

10 PARAISOS BUILT BY MAYOR ANTONIO J. VILLEGAS .

.. 4. 3. 8. 9. Villegas thru City Ordinances appropriating certain amounts be made available for the construction/rehabilitation. Vitas Paraiso Patricia Paraiso Delpan Paraiso Andalucia Dakota Paraiso San Andres Paraiso Bagong Buhay Paraiso Leyte-Bataan Paraiso Abad Santos Paraiso Union Public Playground not existing now BLISS at Quirino Ave. Union Sts. 5.The following 10 Paraisos were built by Mayor Antonio J. 2. 7. purchase of equipments of playgrounds in the City of Manila: 1. 10. installation of electrical lightings. 6.

HISTORY OF MANILA S SPORTS COMPLEXES. Hombrebueno Trinidad M. Acantilado Erwin V. Sore . BASKETBALL COURTS AND PLAYGROUNDS By: Oliver D.

VITAS BASKETBALL COURT (TENEMENT) Vitas Sports facility is an open space for breathing relief of the crowded erstwhile Tenement housing in the coastal tip of Tondo. then a gazebo. These include a beautiful parcel of land accentuated by backdrop of Spanish period houses and century trees. In the 70 s. the playground serves well as its purpose as deterrent against potential juvenile delinquent and other malefactors. near the shoreline that was once the people s park on market day. it is the favorite leisure site for the denizens of Tondo s laboring folks. a police precinct in 1960 when a scarcity of leisure outlets bred callousness and gangsterism among youngsters that turned Tondo into a hotbed of crimes and lawlessness. well equipped modern structure with outdoor swimming pool and present day s provision that befits it come into existence. thereon the place became the venue for practically all sort of event.TONDO SPORTS COMPLEX Progress by the turn of the 19th Century is viewed from the elevated location of the Tondo Church. sport-culture and religious activities of the Tondeños. It was Mayor Justo Lucban who initially developed the playground. The remaining greeneries and playing apparatus vanished gradually.. but otherwise. whose location is adjacent the Vitas Slaughterhouses and few meters away from the previous site of the infamous smokey mountain. VITAS PARAISO NG BATANG MAYNILA Among the Paraisos put up by the then Mayor Antonio Villegas is the Vitas Paraiso ng Batang Maynila. Though not modest it may be. What used to be a playground of yesteryears has become a neglected and stinking area for quite sometime. he worked out for two big recreational complexes that Manilans can be proud of. At times. cockfighting (sabong) fare and moro-moro staging ground. not always for the betterment. Decades of transformation followed at every change of administration since then. like in 1935. Thus. remodeled it into a plaza cum playground facility. There is a plaza nestled between the Tondo Primary School (todays Isabelo de los Reyes). in Tondo. in line with his Linisin at Ikarangal ang Maynila Program. a facelifting came along with the cosmetics of the New Society which is beautification was in order. MAHARLIKA PLAYGROUND 1 Located in the interior part of the Maharlika St. But as always. the Tondo playground was resurrected into life and refurbished to merely a passing fed then it was left forlorn. until it was totally resurrected into a nice recreational facility for children s enjoyment. This facility has a basketball and a volleyball court compactly located within a confine of the phased out Tenement building and the PMC refinery. seasonal cheap carnival used to occupy it. under the jurisdiction of barangay 85 is a mini covered basketball facility known in the community as Maharlika I. In 1920. Lim. Manila. aside from promoting physical fitness and generating community goodwill. which is novelty at that time. the massive church structure and reclaimed land that would be the Mary Johnston Hospital. through the effort of His Honor Mayor Alfredo S. The total land area of the facility does not conform with the standard measurements of an official size regular . the American authorities noticed the potential of the site for a recreational diversion. the Tondo Sports Complex. It is an alternative site for the close Vitas Paraiso. later a public artisan well in 1940. When sports minded Mayor Mel Lopez assumed the city s top post. a permanent stage was installed.

Lately. Maharlika 2 is also a covered court where everyone could enjoy the use of the same in any weather condition. Fugoso playground. Today. In the succeeding years with the prevailing air of goodwill in the place. The improved look of the unit attracted more following and goaded carefree teens to the playground to engrossed their leisure time to positive sporting skills outlet. The area was only maximized to accommodate two Basketball goals for athletes to play regular basketball games. in Dagupan area. The facility conform with the standard size of a regular Basketball Court and like the Maharlika I. PATRICIA SPORTS COMPLEX (Sentro ng Malikhaing Manileño) One of the remarkable public edifice erected in Tondo in recent years is the Patricia Sports Complex (Sentro ng Malikhaing Manileño). Due to wear and tear. It can boast of its big indoor court. I MERCADO PLAYGROUND The dire need for recreational activity after the World War II paved the way for the use of dead end road for recreation space as the case of Mercado St. The structure took over the one Paraiso ng Batang Maynila that use to cater for the recreational cares of the District. it nominally acquired the name Sentro ng Malikahaing Manileño that ascribed . a scene of Inter-Barangay basketball league that builds social network among the populous neighborhood in Dagupan. MAHARLIKA PLAYGROUND 2 Few blocks away form the Maharlika Playground 1 is a much bigger and better Basketball Court. where sports enthusiasts especially the less fortunate residents frequent thereat for their daily physical and recreational activity. 3763 for the installation of electric lighting facilities thereat. The site was place into the attendant care of Mr.. Bo. registered in the PRB list as the Maharlika Playground 2. He sought for the approval of City Ordinance 3308 s 1949 and implement it with dispatch thus paving and lighting were done with essential game apparatus installed to the satisfaction of the blighted residence area. As a result it has helped mitigate problem in the trouble hidden place. For over five decades. indoor gaming and social hall under one roof and a setting conducive to recreational environment.basketball court. The Fugoso recreational facility has in many ways help reduced gripping social problem in the 60 s when the area was vexed by delinquent youth from the slums dweller after the war. As such.. gymnasium. BO FUGOSO PLAYGROUND Tondo The conversion to basketball court of a vacant space behind the Fugoso Health Center in 1948 was a mutual project of the Manila Health Department and City Engineering-Recreation Division. the facility afforded service and still extant today sustaining the recreational requirements of the turf. well meaning residents of the area help in improving its crude state to a more serviceable one. the auspicious beginning of the Bo. It is a daytime a convergence of densely playful urchins and at night. Permanent pavement replaced the asphalt and concrete fence stall. Fugoso is a covered Basketball Court found in between Padre Rada and Matimtiman Sts. Now it is where healthy sporting is being held constantly and zest for life strongly charge the place. This is ordered by then Mayor Dela Fuente to address the growing problem of juvenile delinquency. another measure was sought by then Mayor Arsenio Lacson for the approval of City Ordinance no. Jose Maniago who was absorbed in the government service.

Tondo) A typical neighborhood basketball court conveniently located at a dead end of A. The designated hard court became a favorite haunt after the dark but gradually notoriously creeps in within the decadence of the period. asphalting and installation of board and ring illumination following by the year end face lifted playground attracted more client and became a source of joying the turf as sear of year round cage match on the populous vicinity. Having a knack for infrastructure. the site became a friendship ground for Filipino Tsinoy. In the 60 s.. Tondo) Manilans old timers recalled it as peacetime boxing and tennis venue where the great Pancho Villa and tennis star mighty Mite Ampon trained. The place was favorite tennis venue when the game was hailed as a novelty until the Japanese occupations curtailed the amusement and suspend all sporting activities. It offers comely surroundings and a range of leisurely activities that envisioned to draw positivism. Manila) From industrial parcel of land of lumber yard and warehouses. Thus. the mayor workout for the immediate implementation of RA 119 s 49 allocating a budget for the development of the crude court. players and peers of the place and overlaying area where the Bo. Tondo) Just off the bustling Divisoria and Tutuban. the Kabataang Barangay compellingly petitioned then Mayor Bagatsing who give in to their request thus. This play court caught the attention of Mayor Manuel Dela Fuente in 1948. it was turned into Paraiso ng Batang Maynila serving the San Nicolas Binondo area. Menu recreational ground since 1970.m. depress community. it is delegated to barangay officials.. It delighted the tykes and teens that were kept out of street and got involved in sports and wholesome play for a decade of sheer enjoyment. The Bo. floor area but renders a big amount of service. BARRIO MENU COVERED COURT (Dagupan St. Tennis buffs led by then Sportsman Manuel Elizalde clear the Old Maiesic Playground of war waste. It s where the working class in that corner of the city meet draw with their recreational drive there until the construction of the Del Pan Bridge in 1960 that left lying excess swath of land purposely for traffic exigent that has yet to come. In 1980. Obrero youth and athletic association had a legion of following. the court is popular known as BOYAA among the youngsters. REIGNA REGENTE TENNIS COURT (Jose Abad Santos Ave.. Herrera St. The project spiced up the urban leaving in the otherwise. During the villegas Mayorship. OBRERO BASKETBALL COURT (R.. basketball avid animated the facility that helps condition the physical stamina and muscles of the young hands that helps run commerce in Divisoria as most of the users of this facility are engage in small scale trade and vending. Binondo. Menu playground is small with only 252 sq. of Bo. This Reigna Regente Playground as it known is regarded among the oldest and well kept recreational facilities of the City. while Don Andres Soriano donated sports materials and boxing ring. Almost from dawn to dusk. Obrero. DELPAN SPORTS COMPLEX (Delpan St.not only for sports buff but also a workplace for creative artisans. So populous the area was that scheduling of games is reasonably a problem. bonding and productive Tondeños. Papa. It took shape impressively to meet the standard of Tennis games that enable Manila to host the 1955 Asian Open Pacipic Open. After the repressive rule. The nearby neighborhood converted it into a soft ball tract. the Delpan facility took shape. It is a covered court surrounded by compact residence with all esquinitas leading and passing through the covered court. lies Bo. a bid indoor playcourt structure was . Obrero.

Ignatius De Loyola Athletic and Sports Court is nestled in the residential blocks of barangay between Bambang and Alvarez in Sta. The medical student of Chinese General Hospital often made use of it shared effort to enhance the sport venue. The place was enliven with games again by 1950 s as a old timer Manilans could only but recall that the Laloma Recreational Unit is the setting of then soapbox carting.. tennis lawn and a clubhouse to boost of. Sta. Cruz. The Tecson playground incessantly generate dynamism and excitement that space and extent that spice the community life in that part of Blumentritt area.. M HIZON PLAYGROUND This sport venue is otherwise known as SILAS that stand for St. Dating back in 1935 the front portion of wooded old Campo Santo was cleared for weekend softball matching between Laloma. This recreational facility is servicing the residence of Blumentritt area in Sta. when the newly created. Zosima Yap in 1977 to turn down the dilapidated sanitary facility that once occupying the parcel of lot. It was an act of the first Barangay Council led by Capt. etc. Laloma Tennis Court and Basketball Court was named Blumentritt Playground . Months later after the concerted effort it became operational. The crematorium and chapel came lately with the Drug Rehabilitation Center took over its remaining lying area with only the tennis court left. The vast area was reduced during the Martial Law days. the vacated land was converted into Barangay Hall and playground complex. Park De. It has been in existence for number of decades. is the standard size neighborhood playcourt familiary called Tecson basketball court. As more discreet middle class community surrounds it that benefits from its space as social nucleus aside from sports and physical fitness line of service it offer. Today. Bahay Pare and Rizal Subd. Consecutive administration refurbish the complex with new sports equipments. who petitioned Mayor Bagatsing. Cruz. it received a face-lifting to recondition and to update it meet the trend as all weather court having a roof.constructed. it is where youthful quality time is worthily spend thru sporting thus ensuring them in great shape. Cruz. Manila. still existing paraiso. LALOMA TENNIS COURT AND BASKETBALL COURT It could be presume that the Laloma Playground was established at the entrance of the century old Manila North Cemetery to give a lighter view of the other. (now streets are reference to Rizal like Blumentritt. Currently. Improvements were gradually introduced by a Sport Club in the 60 s. Elias. A barangay center stand behind the covered court helped maintain and managed it. Authority move in and was diminished further in the 80 s by the Cemetery Office. Blumentritt Tennis Club (BLUTEC) managed the said Tennis Court and later the name of the club was changed to Manila Baseline Tennis Club. Calamba. upgraded the existing apparatus and remodeling the building to catch up with the demands of time. Responding to the Kabataang Barangay of Sta. and an open basketball court. otherwise gloom sight of life. .) until temporary convert as junkyard of the phase out tram via after the pacific Japanese aggression. TECSON-NATIVIDAD PLAYGROUND (Tecson Natividad Sts. Park Subdivision. Cruz. Now. The modest sport center today has amenities of a gym. Manila) Conspicuously located at the junction of Tecson and Natividad Sts.

Jose Rizal was installed during its opening and dedication in 1910. A model among numerous service unit of Public Recreations Bureau. today s Kaunlaran Student Hostel. that has a references of the Horse Racing Hippodrome that once stood next to it the montionless figure seem watching what future holds for the place. Today the covered court well paved and lighted is maintained by the tasks Barangay authorities led by long time Chairman Alexander Bomber Pamilosa who fenced his nickname Bomber as informal name for the said sporting place. With its appealing play. C. the Andalucia Playground is virtually a heaven for the lively tykes of the place until the emergence of Metro Manila Commission during the martial rule in 1975 that used the space as depot of its Environment Sanitation Dept. Sampaloc. and a boxing training gym at Paredes St. It was reverted to its original purpose by the district Congressman Fugoso. Bomber himself is a retired government recreation personnel and sports aficionado himself. now Se.. Additional improvements were made in recent past. the complex was first constructed in 1948 and completed a year after. the Isabelo Delos Reyes facility started as a handball court in the 1948 that was expanded during the term and effort of Mayor Dela Fuente thry R#355 s 49 that converted it into a regular size basketball court. later thru his effort the playground was remodeled to include the covered court that it is today. Instrucction Sts. a whole scale development that matches its present highly urban setting. The same was inaugurated on March 4. Manila Life in Sampaloc District would have never been fuller should residence within the vicinity of Dapitan Sports Complex.ANDALUCIA PLAYGROUND It s location seems carefully considered to serve two districts of Manila lying between Sta. Cruz and Sampaloc in Andalucia St. Arturo Tolentino Sports Complex had not any chance spent their leisure time in the facility. M. Its reconstruction into a covered court by the sportstar turned solon Freddie Webb and Mayor Alfredo S. RASAC COVERED COURT Undoubtedly the most popular recreational facility of the Third District of Manila is the Rizal Avenue Sports Athletics Complex (RASAC) located conveniently at the centermost point of Sta. which was turned over by the Department of Engineering and Public Works to the City Health Officer for it s custody under Dr. The facility have a prototype pre-cast concrete horse among its permanent fixture. Students from colleges its proximity matches their basketball prowess in the venue during daytime while as evening draw closer to the community. Recreation Division field office and a stage reconditioning of the handball. It was turned into a Batang Maynila as one among Villegas fondest project for generation of children to benefit from. amenities for kids. Police outpost.. erecting a big multipurpose building that accommodate a City Hall Satellite Office. Icasiano. tennis court and secured by high look thru fencing. youth take over the court to relish their excitement as they prepare for the seasonal playoffs in the parochial league that climax at the Fiesta celebration. The place used to be a parcel of the prewar Washington Primary School. Manuel Dela Fuente. Lim in 1995 made the complex an all weather venue for sports and other collective public affairs. SEN. ARTURO TOLENTINO SPORTS COMPLEX (DAPITAN SPORTS COMPLEX) Dapitan. Cruz where the first bust of the national hero Dr. 1950 by the then Mayor Hon. ISABELO DELOS REYES COVERED COURT Equally hemmed between the old Wilson Student Home.. predecessor of today s Juan Sumulong Elementary School. .

. Today. near Estero de San Antonio Abad. Plaza Asuncion was part of the DAKOTA Paraiso ng Batang Maynila. the recreational center who dedicated to the memory of the late Senator Arturo Tolentino whose valuable effort help realized the sports center and whose figure last a big shadow in Manila and the Philippine politics during his lifetime. LORETO COVERED COURT (Loreto St.. m. Seldom if ever the venue is not animated by leisure seeker. Sampaloc. It has since undergone number of improvements of which the latest is the covered court. today. Adriatico St. which was made through legislative action by then Municipal Board on December 12. the Del Paso Playground is always teemed with hardcourters and otherwise.. Malate. availing its indoor basketball court. Recently. . De Guzman St. Guzman Institute and other schools in the periphery who also frequent this place to do away with bore doom or just while off vacant time. the ground still serviceable to Manileños with its covered courts with elevated bleachers for vantage viewing. colorful play fixtures replaced the antiquated and in decrepit condition apparatus installed during the 60 s. DEL PASO PLAYGROUND (Z. in order that children playing in said place may be safeguard from falling into the estero was already removed. Manila) A relatively small recreational outlet that begun as a handball court in the 50 s. tennis court and a nice swimming pool which is the most attended attraction within the complex. the court is one among the place where our youthful cage protagonist had the opportunity to wage their worth thru sports and draw fascinated crowd to witness their achievements. A gateball for elderly residents along with the softball track was recently installed. sponsoring an expropriating amount to effect the purchase of the property and developing the site to a regular basketball court for the Loreto area residents especially the adolescents who are learning the rudiment of games. the monument of PLARIDEL stood proud in the hub of the playground. 1952. Manila) Located almost in the center of the city being in Quiapo. It is famous for it s FISH GATE entrance facing along M. Adriatico St. It occupies the biggest parcel among the city playgrounds with a land area consisting of 10. Villegas Paraisos . Recently. Additional land area was acquired this by then Congressman Ramon Bagatsing and its City Council partner Councilor Vicente Cruz.700 sq. it became the activity center of sporty people.Through the years. that appeals to children s sheer physical exertion. it has survived many consequential changes in the area and still extant. Since its establishment by resolution 3814 in 1956. one of the major recreational facilities in Manila. Manila) Located across the Manila Zoo is the Dakota Triangle Playground. now known as the DAKOTA PARAISO NG BATANG MAYNILA .. it is a scene of euphoric excitement particularly every summer nights when enthusiasm for basketball is high rendering a free entertainment in that rather commercialized Quiapo area. student from nearby MLQU. A fence used to be constructed at the end of Leveriza st. It used to be the initial among then Mayor Antonio J. Successive administration took turn in putting additional improvement to bring about a sports landmark that it is today. DAKOTA PARAISO PLAYGROUND (M. Quiapo.

BORJA COVERED COURT (Perlita St. Nevertheless the track of land still utilized for the periods penchant for sporting like calisthenics.. The place conjure charm and nostalgia of the by gone American Era where the site use to be baseball field of which portion gave away to the Tomasites Jefferson Primary School (todays Celedonio Salvador Elem. became the site of Paraiso ng Batang Maynila .SAN ANDRES SPORTS COMPLEX (San Andres St. library and elevated public swimming pool where bonafide card bearing Manila s avail of. then incumbent Mayor Tomas Earnshaw order the construction of a typical Ameridan period leisure park and recreational facility. Manila) Among the oldest sport facility of Manila is the Canonigo Covered Court. Gil St. the relative spacious quite and greeny setting has gone smaller with the encroachment of new building surrounding it. impressive viewing space. insufficient water supply caused the untimely closure of its swimming pool. CANONIGO COVERED COURT (Canonigo St. Paco. With the rehabilitation effort. 1932. that dates back during the turn of the century. one among the innovative playground infrastructure of Villegas Administration. thus. decade after the war. School). It. San Andres Bukid. showers and a range of sports amenities that will help envigorate the City constituent. Paco. Having the most contemporary public venue for indoor ball games with the convenience of air-condition. softball and basketball.. BAGONG BUHAY SPORTS COMPLEX (P. 1964 by Mayor Villegas and Congressman Pablo Ocampo whose effort was rendered valuable in the land purchase and realization of the significant project that will be called Bagong Buhay Sports Complex. served generation of Manilans and prove that the City is a sports lover. parking. The facility through the years.. Malate. Manila) The playground has been in existence since 1943. By the decade 70. hence fort the Malate Playground become into existence for a decade until shelling and bombing that rendered it a waste after the World War II. It passed through stages of improvement and transformation over the years. The playground is hazard free being hemmed by array of American vintage structures like Essco Shoes building. Today. In no sooner time. Feb. the old venue seem have passed its prime but with its ideal look is still a sanctuary of youngsters who enjoy their ball games there while achieving fitness and productive leisurely indulgence. Manila) The ever surging population compounded. that event the facility adopted it . It was inaugurated in September 26. San Jose was designated for recreational purpose. The already complicated problem of the City decade after the war drove Mayor Antonio Villegas pursuing his urban land Reform with the Fabie Estate for housing settlement and service provision which parcel of Bo. Philippine Refinery and CocaCola Bottling Corp. the sport facility was resurrected with additional improvement that include an elevated swimming pool that attracted an attendant hoards of kids making it a weekend Mecca for water lover youngsters. The present cutting edge architecture structure was erected by Mayor Mel Lopez. As it were then the site serves as converging place of the surroundings community hence it host an active woman civic circle known as SASES. Within the Complex is a Health Center. the San Andres Sports Complex metamorphosed into a modern service to City folks. It also proudly house the Recreation Division of Public Recreations Bureau of the Cit of Manila which serves as the new center of sporting officers and manage the network of recreation services of the city. Manila) Gleaming over the City s municipal record. the vast of informal settlers close in to the facility that became a setback on its operation..

) This sport facility could be historically traced from the land donation made by Senior Torres de Vera consisting of 3. market. The play center today. Sta. was even reduce to a size of typical basketball court areas lying about it as occupied by a library in 1960 and in 1970 a Police Precinct took over the other end. in 1942. the playground was shared generations of young Manilans. More play apparatus stalled and pavement made to recondition it under the Public Recreation supervision.057 sq. greening of all residential area including subdivision inside the perimeter of the City became the order of the day by the mid 50 s the place became a shady playground frequented even by the non subdivision residents who joined. Sta. Ana. politician like Congressman Augusto Francisco and wife Marina who in the late 60 s also turned Congresswoman developed the site.64 sq. a covered court and new apparatus were incorporated to enhance this park further more. this old TERVALAC playcourt as it was fondly called then got it s roofing and still bustling with year round activities. SARMIENTO SPORTS COMPLEX (Old Sta. serves not only gaming pleasure but to some extent of . during their term as this more profound expression of service to the people of San Andres. At present. sport challenges and those who simply enjoy time with their peers under the overhead covered court. school and other urban services agencies. prior to the hearted kind act of the donor. Then Mayor Felix Roxas apportioned a part of which for playground while the nearby elongated portion he convert into a park. For years. Teresa St. a sizeable track of lot is being used by the neighborhood for their leisure games during the peace time period. It became a hive once more of leisure seeker playing ball games.. In 1962. continuously existing as a reminder of history. expand and paved. It was developed by Mayor Villegas as one of among his vaunted Paraiso ng Batang Maynila . Realizing its strategical location. Manila) This site is a part of the vastly area that faces the ancient Sta. and was developed thru Resolution 4148 s 1950. A health center was constructed in the 60 s and a stage followed by other improvisation one after another. it is still replete with action notably the youth who savor outdoor action.as other nomenclature. Ana Church. Some of its familiar structure are still extant and preserved to the fascination of today s genre. from the place as well as these young at heart.m. survived the time. it became a Patrimonial Property. the health buffs and the sporty. The Pacific war curtailed all recreational activities with only basketball as permissible game. still serving us open space where the health conscious Manila can simply breath and heartily play the day. After the troubled years.m. The playground assumed the name Hugo from an illustrious lawyer in the American Era who helped the formative stages of its development. Consecutive offices thereafter made their share enhancing the facility. their peer inside the private enclave that gradually turned the play park into public recreational facility. the Leyte-Bataan Playground. Mesa ) From a recreational center of the defunct Riverside Subdivision that once the place was called. the Plaza playground remain as the districts focal point for public gatherings and recreational activities due to it s proximately to the church. However. post war rehab effort turned the playground into a regular city facility. Today. At present the 959. Mesa cor. PLAZA HUGO (Lamayan St. It is a favorite of children of all ages because of its secured location and a pleasant setting. Thru City Ordinance #3349. As such it was developed into a beautiful play park that caters youngsters of the 60 s. gambling children and traditional sporting. As of late. LEYTE-BATAAN PLAYGROUND & COVERED COURT (Bacood.

Mesa Tennis Court shared their ground. it evoke contenders and contagious appeal to players and even to non-players who habituates the place. J. Manila) The F. The court gets a sprucing during vacation when ball league is being called where new talent demonstrates their sport gift in every possible light. It is good to note that this sport facility also serve the crucial role of fostering goodwill among the folks of Singalong. It is the place for developing collective competence and other positive indulgence. Muñoz playcourt is a typified compact neighborhood recreational site.m. JOSE ABAD SANTOS PLAYGROUND This playground came into being thru R#199 s 1957 by then Congressman Ramon Bagatsing as petitioned by the Araneta Subdivision Youth Club of the said place. JACINTO CIRIA CRUZ SPORTS COMPLEX (Selya cor. Presently. it is not only a spirit monopoly but also a barangay activity center. Posadas St. Sta. One of the frequently use recreational court. PUNTA PLAYGROUND Punta Tenement. by the mid 50 s the conductively confronting site became a well appointed place among leisure lover and health conscious people of Pandacan as well as other adjoining districts. The Punta Playground seems a barometer of the temper and mode in the tenement and clustered community that immediately surround it. The Araullio Playground is a premier recreational spot in Sta. This is not only servicing the housing resident but the vicinity area as well.. Manila) While Manila is on the road to recovery from World War II. then. Today. The playground became one the noted Villegas Paraisos that had seen better days. The auspicious plan brought about the expansion of its land area to accommodate a public swimming pool thereafter. sporting and staging of cultural event and presentations. the venue is a result of successive improvement made by spirited barangay officials and civic leaders. incumbent Mayor Lacson deem of improving the crude basketball court in the inner core of Pandacan to compliment the renewed zest for life of the constituents in the districts. Manila Well hemmed at the mid ground of the Punta Tenement. Punta. . As a basic provision in tenement living this facility has been there since 1962 where occupants use to hold every communal undertaking in it. The basketball court is convertible to volleyball court and other activities the habituates deem using it. remnants of then Paraiso still intact as a reminder of the lighter days that were the Sta. Ana. It also became the outdoor activity center for the parochial church nearby that led the competitive gaming yearly that culminated the fiesta season. Mesa District. The City thru the Recreational Division of the City Engineering Department installed the initial play apparatuses and other recreational provisions. The area of 700 sq.social inter-action among the diversified people of the turf. was made available by the Araneta landholdings that is spacious for a modest playground. Osmalek Sts. The Ciria Cruz playground was upgraded to catch up with the existing standard of a basketball court. henceforth. mass.. F MUÑOZ COVERED COURT (Singalong. tiange. Pandacan. such as meeting. Later it was dedicated to exalt a Manila born 1930 s Olympian Jacinto Ciria Cruz known in sports world as Jumping Jack deserving of such a name for the sports venue on glowing account that it is the home turf of the basketball hero who also made a heroic in feats defending our freedom during World War II.

the stadium was not spared from wholescale war destruction. Today. Under the city auspices. an American city planner in 1922 to be part of his commissioned project to build an Americanized Manila. This stately stadium interestingly has a historical background spanning almost a century old. Henceforth. with complete range of amenities attuned with the world s standard. the magnificent stadium evoked nostalgia and exude an ambiance of pride and dignity. The histories edifice continued to reverberates with rousing crowd and sporting excitements that dominates the prestigious sport center. The wooded playfield was included by Architect Daniel Burnham. its vast ground turned battlefield by Allied Combatant flushing out. The stadium deservingly herald as the touch stone of almost all the famous. a spanky stadium was inaugurated in 1925 much modern than its time. Incessantly since establishment it became very much part of the City s metropolitan existence that bears testimony to the government dynamism and primacy of Manila as the world class capital city. still vibrantly existing amid the City ultra modern sky line. above all the Rizal Memorial Stadium stands for the legacy of service and sports excellence not only for Manilans but for all Filipinos. Years there after. holding Japanese in the stadium. the best and the greatest athletes the country ever own.RIZAL MEMORIAL STADIUM (Operated by the Philippine Sports Commission) The imposing presence of the country s pioneer and premier recreational venue in Manila is an onerous source of pride being located in Manila s Tourist belt. The first of its kind in Asia where the most significant sporting events local and international takes place. The huge infrastructure was largely funded by the coppers and was sustained by the following administrations until its completion. when the American colonial governor Francis Bolton Harrison used the site as his outdoor respite. With no less than Manila Mayor Miguel Romualdez who initially made the ball rolling for the realization of such ambitious undertaking. Rehabilitation of the war ruined facility came only decade after the atrocities but the reconstruction aftermath was not a benison for the city since the National Government took over its management. the forest dense was cleared to give way for a sport stadium. the Rizal Memorial Stadium over then years serves not only for sporting spectacles but also cultural extravaganzas and hosting big attendant activities. . When the hollocost of the costly liberation of Manila came about. dating back in 1913.

CITY OF MANILA COMPLEXES BASKETBALL COURTS PLAYGROUNDS SPORTS COMPLEXES BASKETBALL COURTS COVERED COURT BASKETBALL COURTS OPEN COURT SWIMMING POOLS HANDBALL COURTS GATEBALL COURTS SOFTBALL FIELD PARAISO TENNIS COURT - 5 36 37 4 4 2+2 1 9+4 6 .

C. Tenement 3. Plaza Morga Playground New constructed 3. Zone 9 Basketball Court 10.DISTRICT I AMENITIES: Sports Complex 1. Mercado Basketball Court 8.S. Vitas Tenement Basketball Court 10. NHA Samahang Magkakapitbahay New constructed 1 3 Gateball Courts 1. R. Tondo Sports Complex 8. Menu Basketball Court 5. Maharlika II Basketball Court 9. Bo. Nepomuceno Basketball Court 5. Tondo Swimming Pool Tondo Sports Complex Paraiso 1. Vitas Playground 2. Basketball Court 1 10 Basketball Court Open Court 10 1. Asuncion Moriones Basketball Court 6. Inocencio Basketball Court 3. Vitas B.U. Wagas Basketball Court 7. Genaro Basketball Court 6. Francisco Varona Basketball Court 2. NHA Samahang Magkakapitbahay Basketball Court New constructed Swimming Pool 1. Bo. Maharlika I Basketball Court 2. Paraiso Basketball Court 4. Angustia Basketball Court 9. Rodriguez Basketball Court 7. I. Tondo Sports Complex Basketball Courts Covered Court 1. Fugoso Basketball Court 4. Plaza Morga Gateball Area New constructed 1 .T.

Gapan Basketball Court Basketball Court Open Court 1. Patricia 5 - 9 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 . Torres-Bugallon Basketball Court Handball Court 1. Almeda Laguna Basketball Court 3. Patricia 2. Ipil-Cavite Basketball Court 6. Maria-Guizon Handball Court 3. Pamana Basketball Court 5. Bo. Molave Batangas Basketball Court 4. Obrero Basketball Court 8. Paraiso 1. Almeda Basketball Court 2. Old Torres Basketball Court 4. Benita Basketball Court 9. Pag-asa Handball Court 2. Cavite Basketball Court 3. Reigna Regente Tennis Court Gateball Court 1. Raxa Bago Basketball Court 7.DISTRICT II AMENITIES: Basketball Courts Covered Court 1. Patricia Tennis Court 1. Maria Guizon Basketball Court 5.

Delpan Sports Complex 3. Rasac Basketball Court 4. Rasac Tennis Court 2. Leonora-Rivera Basketball Court Handball Court 1. Hizon (half court) Basketball Court 2. Andalucia Playground Tennis Court 1. Del Paso Basketball Court 6. Delpan Tennis Court 3 1 6 - 3 - 2 - 2 . Rasac Handball Court 2. Andalucia Playground Basketball Court Open Court 1. Tecson-Natividad Basketball Court 3. M.DISTRICT III AMENITIES: Sports Complex 1. Delpan Sports Complex Basketball Courts Covered Court 1. Blumentritt Tennis Court 3. Delpan Sports Complex 2. Pampanga-Huertas Basketball Court 2. Leonora-Rivera Handball Court Paraiso 1. Delpan Sports Complex 5.

Dapitan Tennis Court 6 - 1 - 1 . Delos Reyes Basketball Court 3. Craig Basketball Court 4. Sen. I.DISTRICT IV AMENITIES: Sports Complex 1 1. Calabash Basketball Court Swimming Pool 1. Arturo Tolentino Sports Complex (Dapitan Sports Complex) Basketball Courts Covered Court 3 1. Cebu Basketball Court 5. Leyte Basketball Court 6. Dapitan Swimming Pool Tennis Courts 1. Loreto Basketball Court Basketball Court Open Court 1. Plaza Arellano 2. Sen. Batanes Basketball Court 3. Arturo Tolentino Sports Complex (Dapitan Sports Complex) 2.

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