via ABS-CBN News, 15 December 2020: Heritage advocates and local citizens express concern over the construction of a 31-storey condominum behind a 19th century basilica in Manila.
The call to save the San Sebastián Basilica in Quiapo, Manila is starting to gain traction again on social media as heritage advocates and concerned citizens voice out concerns over the looming threat faced by one of the country’s most important architectural treasures.
The construction of a 31-story condominium—the University Home Recto—right behind San Sebastian caught media attention three years ago. Interest over its adverse effect on the church’s structure was revived recently after reports that construction of the said high rise has been underway amid the pandemic. Photographs of the said development were shared to ANCX by the San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.