MANILA — The world’s largest Chinatown arch was unveiled yesterday at the foot of Jones Bridge, adding to the numerous attractions in the historical city of Manila.
The arch stands at 63.8 feet high and 74 feet wide and was constructed at a cost of P28 million.
The new attraction, which surpassed Washington’s Chinese friendship arch (60 feet tall and 74 feet wide), was funded by businessmen in China and solicited by the Philippine-Chinese Amity Club.
District 3 Councilor Bernardito Ang, vice chairman of the Manila Chinatown Development Council also spearheaded the solicitation of funds for the project.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua led the unveiling of the arch yesterday.
Despite the project being funded by the private sector, Estrada said that the new friendship gate is part of the city government’s effort to restore Chinatown.