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Roxas City Watertank

Posted by admin on September 26, 2007

The whitewashed museum building in Roxas City, Capiz, once a circular water tank, is a good example of intelligent architectural reuse. Built in 1910, it provided water to the Kapisnon during the dry months. Water flowed from the roof of the two-story municipal building to the tank. The municipio was destroyed during World War II, but the water tank was spared. After the War, offices were built around the tank completely hiding it from view. In 1993, the offices were demolished and the water tank was seen. The old water tank looked quite imposing, like a lady, grown serene, strong yet gracious and to demolish it would be like cutting the umbilical cord to the past. However, the water tank had outlived its usefulness as Roxas City had a new water system. The city government and other citizens came up with the idea of converting it into the Roxas City Museum. Panublion, a Hiligaynon term meaning guardian of precious things is the official name of the museum.

2 Responses to “Roxas City Watertank”

  1. What a great example of common sense conservation. Our town had some old grain silos that were decommissioned. There were ideas to turn them into hotels but the idea was quickly dismissed in favor of rebuilding. Now stands 2 ugly apartment buildings. I would have loved to see some innovative reuse like the museum.

  2. rene javellana said

    Pastor Acazar, third president of the town of Capiz (1908-12) constructed the water tank

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