June 8, 2008

Nielson Tower

The Nielson Airport was built by Laurie Reuben Nielson, a businessman born in New Zealand, on a 42-hectare piece of land owned by Spanish-Filipino Enrique Zobel during the American colonial period. It was inaugurated in 1937 and soon became the primary gateway between Manila and the rest of the Philippines, and between the country and the rest of the world. During World War II, commercial flights were relocated so that Nielson could serve the U.S. Army Air Corps. In the 1960s, the vast track of land in Makati of which the airport was a part, became a premier commercial and financial hub. Nielson stopped being an airport but the terminal building remained, to be put to different uses. When I was a child, it was a fine-dining restaurant. Now, it is The Filipinas Heritage Library, and the home of an extensive collection of rare Filipiniana. For those of you who read my When bookworms wed post in Happy at Home, this was the venue of that lovely wedding.

Nielson Tower, Makati City

3 comments:

USelaine said...

Really interesting background on this, and interesting that they retain the painted name as well.

iBlowfish said...

Interesting building and it's interesting more with story behind it. Cool post. Thank you for visited my blog.

Kat Manalo said...

I just did a research on the History of Nielson Airfield, and while Googling I stumbled upon your blog.

Tower itself look like an airplane from an aerial view! And it only took 6 months to build the entire Airfield! :-) trivia lang. Hehehe.

I love your blog, by the way. :-)

I love My Manila too. :-)

-Kat