Saturday, February 25, 2017

El Deposito Site Visit

Marker installed by the NHCP in  recognition of the old reservoir as a cultural property
 CE faculty members led by the department chair, Dr. Lessandro Garciano visited Pinaglaban, San Juan on Feb. 24, 2017 to meet the NHCP OIC and DLSU History Professor, Dr. Rene Escalante and his team and discuss the project on El Deposito, a 19th century waterworks system in Manila. The DLSU CE team includes Dr. Bernardo Lejano, Dr. Andres Oreta, Dr. Mario De Leon, Dr. Maricel Paringit and Dr. Manolo Alfaro, visiting professor from U. Manitoba, Canada.
The EL Deposito survey report of the UP Geology Team

Under this Pinaglabanan park is El Deposito, an undergraound 19th century reservoir and waterworks system

This is what how El Deposito may look like underground as illustrated by the NHCP

The only entrance to El Deposito
Part of the waterway of El Deposito
"The El Deposito was an old underground water reservoir in San Juan del Monte, now the city of San Juan in Metro Manila, Philippines. It was built by the Spanish authorities in 1880 with a capacity of 15 million gallons to provide the residents of Manila and its surrounding areas with an adequate water supply. The reservoir was historically known as the site where the onset of the Philippine Revolution through the Battle of San Juan del Monte took place in 1896.

On August 30, 1972, a marker was installed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in recognition of the old reservoir as a cultural property.  In commemoration of the first battle of the Philippine Revolution, the land along El Deposito was converted into a recreational park named the Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine and Park." -

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