Monday, April 21, 2008

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...





WHEE! WHEE! WHEE!
W.C., rest rooms, bathrooms, comfort rooms, latrines, public toilets. Whatever you call it, allow me to introduce you to the spanking new ones over at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros.

Thanks to the tickets you have all paid for my tours, plus the help and assistance of Mrs. Caress Banson, the SALEX Foundation, and Arch. RG Roa, we took away the pink and baby blue nastiness that was the old one (below) and created ones befitting of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (above). Architecture/layout was by J. Anton Mendoza (same guy who did People's Palace and Sala) and interior design detailing was by yours truly. The tiles are classic Machuca, the fixtures are from American Standard, the Venetian mirrors are from Balikbayan Handicraft, and the chandelier is well, plastic. This was my first real attempt into architecture/interior and I'm quite proud of it if I may say so myself.





We still need a couple of side tables next to the sinks for the soap, and some nice classy trash bins. Would be great if someone out there could donate them? Hint hint. Hint hint.

23 comments:

glennkil said...

Congratulations!
That's exactly what tourist and public places need in the Philippines... nice and clean washrooms. We just fix these, and our tourism would probably be 100% better.

Anonymous said...

What a difference! We badly need clean public toilets (preferably with toilet paper and non-wet counters and dripping taps).

gracing said...

Oh wow! What a huge improvement! But did the ladies' get a similar make-over? I agree, the Philippines needs better toilet facilities. Maybe you can help with the ones at NAIA?

Jego said...

I hope you didnt take away the tabo. Although an enamel, pewter, or wooden one would be more fitting than the old plastic one.

Anonymous said...

good job! :)

may i suggest that you go (window) shopping at Dapitan Arcade (near Welcome Rotonda) for items that would go nice with this theme. if you're looking for a table (or if a donor is) there are nice iron side tables there with marble tops - sturdy and easy to clean - and affordable! :)

- riz

Senor Enrique said...

Cool!

RoRo said...

Carlos, can I? Lol.

Nopy, nope. For me, it's still, you know. Sorry though.

But darn yeah, it looks better than that arguably girly comfor room. Lol.

Wow Carlos, I hope I could visit Intramuros too. Tour me around. That'd surely be a nice experience. **Wink**

carlosceldran said...

Yeah. Of course both restrooms got the makeover.

The chandelier is in the ladies. The men's has a more "macho" wrought iron lantern.

The men's tiles are with blue tones, the ladies have reddish tones

And I wish I could help out at the NAIA, but the San Agustin renovations were easier because there was no red tape, I knew exactly where all the funding went, and I was in full control of the aesthetic choices.

Somehow, I won't be given be given that much freedom I'm sure at the airport.

Anonymous said...

I like the title: WHEE WHEE WHEE!! Was that pun intended??

Anonymous said...

nice job! hey, who supplied the tiles?

Anonymous said...

How apt the title - pero it should he Wee! Wee! Wee! :)

Carlos naman, kitang-kita ka sa mirror - really concentrating and making sure the shot is perfect. I love it!

IndioBravo said...

Galing Carlos!Well done!

Anonymous said...

http://www.inquirer.net/vdo/player.php?vid=586

That's you Carlos

Socky said...

Hi, Carlos.

Well done! Someone asked about the tabo. Well, banish the tabo forever. We can install water hose type bidets (like the ones I have at home and I think Greenbelt Makati toilets have them too) I use the Grohe brand which is very good and not prone to leaks and they cost well under P1000 each. Hose types are more sanitary than those installed IN the bowls. I just hope there's water!

Anyway, I take your hint and let me donate these. Tesa has my number.

carlosceldran said...

SOCKY!!!

So nice of you to drop in my dear. Ha ha. Yes, the hose is the most sanitary choice. The metal spout type bidets that are stuck to the toilets AAAALways gross me out. Especially when there is wet toilet paper hanging from them... Shuuuuddder.

There is lots of water in San Agustin. They have a deep well under the cathedral where they have been getting water for centuries... Sometimes their water table gets so full they have to dump it in the garden.

I also got them a pump to make sure the water flow is even.

lll get your number from Tesa. You are a doll, Socky. A DOLL.

BIG HUG.

And someone was asking where I got the tiles. Machuca Tiles. Manila's oldest tile manufacturer near Malacanang. They gave a discount since it was for a church. Nice guys.

And I'm so glad I use moderation now. Someone sent a nasty comment about Filipinos being pathetic and dirty and smelly and I was able to nip the hate and sensless negativity in the bud.

VIVA comment moderation.

Jego said...

A hose-type bidet! Of course! Pardon me. Being from Paranaque, which was until recently a veritable desert, the water pressure in the pipes wasnt enough to make the hoses effective.

(A part of me doesnt want to see the tabo go, though. It was such a part of us Pinoys. Besides, wiping with paper? Yuk.)

Jesus Pernas said...

I'm so curious and giddy...
Where did you find a plastic chandelier!?! I'll probably go to San Agustin to see that particular one, but I'm so intrigued to see more.

carlosceldran said...

Plastic chandeliers are everywhere man.

Cheap way to add class to any situation. Chandeliers in the garage, bathroom, chicken coop, piggery add irony and distiction to any room for sure.

Jesus Pernas said...

Hh my...I've been blind or looking in the wrong places. Seems I'll be making "pitik" every chandelier I see from now on.

bidet seat said...

The pictures that show the bidet seat are kinda clean in someway but try to clean thoroughly as possible, just an advice

Anna said...

Hi there! Can you pls pls help me. Where do I find that plastic chandelier. Hope you reply. Thanks

carlosceldran said...

A and S Lamps. They are everywhere.

Anna said...

Thank you very much Carlos! Much appreciated. Bless you.