Facelift pushed for old PNR station in Angeles

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Ian Ocampo Flora

ANGELES CITY -- The old Philippine National Railways (PNR) station here will soon get much needed rehabilitation as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David are proposing to transform the ruins into a museum.

Pamintuan said the move will give due attention to the historic facility that has been a silent witness to the once sleepy town, which has now transformed into an urban center.

Plans for the station include restorations and transformation of its surrounding perimeter into a park. The old station will then be transformed into a museum showcasing the history of the railway system in Pampanga and Angeles City.

"We are now currently constructing pocket parks in the city. The location and historical significance of the rail station makes it an ideal project for development," Pamintuan said, adding that they have written the PNR management of the plan.

Pamintuan said that the development of the museum will be in coordination and partnership with the private sector. He added that the station will also be an added tourist destination for people visiting the city.

Currently, the City Government of Angeles City has initiated the construction of the Plaza Angel -- Angeles's first-ever city center which is also a pocket park. A highlight of the soon to be Plaza Angel will be the "Hawkers Paradise," one in the likes of Singapore’s, where Kapampangan cuisine, food, specialty and curio shops will be offered on weekends in what is envisioned as another "walking area" in this part of the city.

Pamintuan said that the old PNR station will likely be included in the pocket park projects for the city.

Another "sister" PNR station in the City of San Fernando has been restored through the initiative of the San Fernando Heritage Foundation and undertaken by the Tourism Infrastructure and Zone Authority (Tieza) through a public bidding. The station is now a World War II museum.

Pamintuan said they plan to visit the museum to get ideas for the restoration of the old Angeles station.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 12, 2014.

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