Gota De Leche Building
The The Gota de Leche Building (Drop of Milk Building) was designed by Architects, Juan Arellano and Arcadio Arellano. It was established as a clinic to impede sickness cause by malnutrition by the La Proteccion de la Infancia, Inc., an outreach organization for the protection of infants from sickness, that was founded by philanthropist Teodoro R. Yangco in 1907.This project was awarded the 2003 Heritage Award of the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation.
The building is located at 859 S. Loyola St., between Recto Avenue and R. Papa Street in Sampaloc, Manila.
The inspiration of the two architects in making the design of the building is the Osepedale Degli Innocenti an orphanage in Florence, Italy, which was the first renaissance building in Europe. The semi-circular arches on round columns and medallions on the spandrels were some of the features that was incorporated to the Gota de Leche Building. The cross-vaulted arcaded loggia provides shaded veranda for the windows of the clinic and is very appropriate of the tropical climate. The restoration of the building was supervised by restoration architect Augusto Villalon and was completed in 2002.
The Gota de Leche building follows a two-storey rectangular plan and is constructed of brick masonry. the hallway faces the front yard of the building. The wall above the entrance was adorned by decorative reliefs and a statue is placed on the apex of the pediment. There was a tall arched portal that serves as the main entrance to the building. Images of robust images of infants were used as decorative motifs.
Thursday is the consultation day of Gota de Leche. It receives over 250 children beneficiaries of the nutrition program. Beneficiaries are monitored by a resident physician to determine who will receive free weekly rations of milk. They are continuously examined until they “graduate” with a clean bill of health and they will be replaced by new beneficiaries.
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- Villalon, Augusto F. “Grateful drop of milk, memory and history”.Philippine Daily Inquirer.