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Manila’s “Hidden Garden’

IF impoverished people in urban centers, like Metropolitan Manila, spend their Sundays gambling in the neighborhood, blame it partly on the lack of parks, plazas and other public spaces.

Admittedly, this lack of “green spaces” is one of the greatest challenges of local government units (LGUs) in many urban areas across this natural resources-rich and graft-prone country.

But in Manila, city government authorities, led by Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Vice Mayor Dr. Honey Lacuna, are committed to pursue their “greening” program.

A few days ago, the “Dynamic Duo” led the inauguration of the new “Hidden Garden” of Manila, which will serve as another promenade for those in search of an open air, green space.

With no entrance fee, the “Hidden Garden” is located a few meters away from the historic Manila City Hall.

If Nebuchadnezzar II, the greatest king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, built the “Hanging Garden” in honor of his wife Amytis, Moreno constructed the “Hidden Garden” in honor of Manilenos.

World history books described Nebuchanezzar’s “Hanging Garden” of Babylon as the most captivating of all the Seven Wonders,” including the “Great Pyramid” of Egypt, of the ancient world.

The site of the “Hidden Garden,” which boosts of about a hectare of horizontal and vertical gardens, used to be a vacant area where junk vehicles, heaps of trash and fallen trees were found.

Kumpara sa maraming lingkod-bayan, talagang ibang-iba si Mayor kung ang pag-uusapan ay ang kapakanan ng taumbayan, lalong-lalo na ang mga mahihirap,” said an avid fan of Sir Isko.

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