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Information about the Don Roman Santos Building in Escolta, Manila

Requested from NHCP by E. Borja at 05:42 AM on May 02, 2023.
Purpose: Research Study
Date of Coverage: 05/02/2023 - 05/02/2023
Tracking no: #NHCP-975092636436

Borja 05:42 AM, May 02, 2023

Hi! I am a 4th year architecture student from the Technological Institute of the Philippines - Quezon City. As part of my research study, I would like to know information about the following:

1. Does the Don Roman Santos Building already have a designated architect for its restoration? Who is the Architect assigned?
2. Current owner of Don Roman Santos Building (BPI)
3. Historical information about the Don Roman Santos Building (BPI)
4. Complete Architectural plans of the building (if possible)

Thank you for providing these information.

Officer 09:14 AM, May 02, 2023

May 2, 2023

Dear Ms. Borja,


Thank you for your request dated May 02, 2023 05:42:01 AM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your Request

You asked for Information about the Don Roman Santos Building in Escolta, Manila.

Response to Request

Please note that the NHCP cannot grant requests with the nature of historical research since the NHCP has its own research agenda and publications program. Please also note that the Don Roman Santos Building is privately owned. Hence, we do not have a copy of its plans, nor can we disclose anything about its current owner due to compliance with the Data Privacy Act. However, you may visit the NHCP Library to use our resources for your research. You may also view our marker text regarding the "GUSALING ROMAN R. SANTOS", unveiled in 1977,  on our National Registry of Historic Sites and Structures at this link:

Further, you may also contact the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila of the City of Manila LGU through the following for more information:

Rm. 140, Ground Floor, Manila City Hall
A. Villegas St., Manila, Philippines.
Tel. Nos.: 5310-2048, 5310-5224, 5310-5158 .

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Thank you.


FOI Receiving Officer

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