MANILA, Philippines – A video of a visionary commercial business district (CBD) located in the heart of Manila is making the rounds online. Dubbed as a city within a city, the “New Manila Bay City of Pearl” will revolutionize self-sustaining smart community.
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The “The City of Pearl” was conceptualized by UAA Kinming Group Development Corporation together with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) a few years ago. The said project allegedly got its blessings from President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the former’s visit to Beijing last year.
Manila.gov.ph website also reported that former president and current Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada has given his approval to this project.
“This important event will usher in a new era of prosperity for the great city of Manila. It will bring our city a step closer to recapturing its old glory, and being recognized once again as the Pearl of the Orient,” Estrada said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last February.
“New Manila Bay City of Pearl is a visionary new integrated CBD in the heart of Manila. A city within a city, a revolutionary self-sustaining smart community beyond any international benchmark today,” said Nicholas Ho, deputy managing director of Ho & Partners Architects.
The report revealed that the project will take up to 407 hectares of reclaimed land which will be connected directly to Roxas Boulevard. The city is described to be connected via a main boulevard with a loop road network that will utilize advanced driverless railway system circulating throughout the whole district.
The first of its kind development will feature residential, commercial, convention, education, healthcare, tourism and sports hubs suitable for an international community. A central park with a 3-km themed riverside shopping street and an 18-hole golf course will be featured in the inner ring of the city while a 10-km water promenade will surround the entire island.
The project will also showcase iconic skyscrapers, low to high rise residential units, large scale 5-star health care, international education institutions as well as retail properties. An all-weather multi-function sports stadium called Pacman Stadium named after Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will also be built in the City of Pearl.
Travelling in the City of Pearl will depend less on car usage as water taxis and an elevated rail system will provide multi-transportation channels reducing traffic congestions. Moreover, City of Pearl guarantees 20 minutes targeted travel time.
If the project pushes through, City of Pearl will be the first smart city in Southeast Asiawhich will use renewable energy like solar and tidal power to ensure effective energy production and consumption.
Ho revealed that the development, which is expected to generate 50,000 jobs for Filipinos will probably take 20 years. It is estimated that the reclamation works, which will reportedly begin in August this year, will take about four years. Meanwhile, residential towers are targeted to be built in the next seven years.