Last Updated: December 6th, 2017
Miramar Hotel located along Roxas Boulevard corner UN Avenue is one of the remaining structures that still stands as a reminder of the beauty of Old Manila. While much of Manila was destroyed by the aerial bombardment during the Battle of Manila in 1945, this 40-room boutique hotel remained unscathed.
1. Built in the 30s, it is one of the few remaining Art Deco-style buildings that survived the Battle of Manila in 1945.
Art Deco is a style of visual arts and design that first appeared in France before World War I. Not only did it influence designs of buildings, but also furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, trains, and objects that we use every day, such as radios and vacuum cleaners.
In the Philippines, examples of this architectural style include the famous Manila Metropolitan Theater in Ermita, Capitol Theater in Escolta, Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan, Afable Building in Sampaloc, Gaiety Theater in Ermita, and the Cebu Provincial Capitol in Cebu.
Skyscrapers built in the 1920s and 1930s are also living monuments of Art Deco Style. Some of the most famous structures that incorporate Art Deco in its design include the Chrysler Building in New York, the Fisher Building in Detroit, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels, and the Éden Theater in Lisbon.
2. The hotel was formerly owned by the Littons before it was sold to the Pe family.
Before establishing businesses and acquiring properties in the Philippines, the Litton clan traces its roots in France before migrating to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The patriarch of Manila’s Litton family, George Litton Sr., moved to the Philippines after serving in the consulate of Britain in China. He later became a Filipino citizen in the 20s and married Rosa Tulod, a Filipina.
The Litton family later established the Litton Knitting Mills in Mandaluyong and Pasig. Back in the 50s and 70s, the Philippines was the fabric capital of the Far East, and one of the biggest manufacturers at that time was Litton Knitting Mills. The family’s P40 million plant in Rosario, Pasig, was one of the largest and most expensive factories back in the day.
3. The hotel is currently owned by the family of Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Michelle C. Pe, current president of the Ermita-Malate Business Owners Association Inc. (EMBOA), and General Manager of Miramar Hotel.
4. It is also said that the historic hotel houses the country’s very first and oldest-running elevator, although this feat is also claimed by the Burke Building in Escolta.
– The Manila Project
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Special thanks to Michelle Ortigas for providing her brief and valuable insight for this article.
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