November, 2003, I was then a second year high school student. I was asked by my Biology teacher to help her build small houses needed for the design of a mini-volcano. Maybe 3 to 5 small houses were enough. That night after I had built five small structures, I was decided to create other structures like lamp posts, signboards and welcome arc. I was amazed to look at those small things, lying on the floor, while eyeing at an angle. What I saw was like a mini-barrio or small barangay. I want to own what I had created that time, it was just unfortunate that those miniature structures had to be given to my teacher.
The next day, I created my own. A small house. Three small houses. The next day, I created a two-storey school building, and I called it the central elementary school. And then, there was a town hall. More houses. Shops. I had even created a wet and dry market. Days passed and another new structures were made.
During the vacation of December 2003, I officially named the town Lumbia. I had inconsistencies for naming the town that time. I also called the town Rouen, and Royk. I started to permanently plot the town blocks in a rectangular plane with about 40 structures.
On April 15, 2005, the town of Lumbia reached its cityhood. Wow. That time, the diorama had around 150 buildings. The town that became a city was renamed as the City of Minopolis. I created a new city hall. The old town hall was destroyed. The civic center where the present city hall is located was built together with other five government buildings. The first tertiary institution was founded, the Lumbia College, which eventaully became the College of Education of the National university of Minopolis which was created late 2005.
My Minopolis became a commercial city. By 2006, there were two malls created, the Eastern Atrium Mall and the Minopolis Town Shopping Center. Two hospitals also were founded together with other structures like a museum, transport terminal, business park, billboards, road markers and signages, and a sports complex (including a grand stand and a track oval) that occupies about one-fourth of the city’s land area. The first 5-star hotel was created, the Minopolis InterCon. Miniature trees was implanted from boiled foam in heavy green solution.
Another notable event during those times was the construction of the dome of the Cathedral, that was on the 25th of December, 2005. After that was the creation of flyovers to divert the imaginary heavy traffic along the city’s main roads, the Centennial Avenue and Minopolis Avenue during rush hour. A rail line was created and passes above Heroes’ Boulevard. The Centennial Business District became known for high-rise office buildings and became the city’s crowning glory. The Minopolis Stock Exchange was founded outside the Centennial Business District seated in a 30-storey Stock Exchange Center. At the middle of the financial ground is an open park with monument, lines of flags, and a tower clock. This park was initially planned to be a military base but eventually turned to a busy financial center because military bases is boring to look at.
During 2008, the whole area of the sports complex was converted to a financial district named Hy-rant. Hy-rant financial ground currently has the latest skyscrapers within the city limit. Public transport terminal expanded. The second 5-star hotel was built, Shangri-la Hotel Minopolis. SM City Minopolis was constructed and occupies about a fourth of the Hy-rant financial ground. The old Minopolis Town Shopping Center was demolished and gave way for the construction of another high-rise skyscraper (West 3A Tower) and an annex building for SM City Minopolis.
No significant development was done uring the following years until the fourth quarter of 2012.
On October 2012, a full blown renovation and rehabilitation was planned to save the diorama from a total lost brought about by aging and degradation of materials. The plan was to relocate the whole diorama in to a new platform with same dimension, and to replace the “flooring” with new materials.
The renovation started the following month, November. The new platform was created with additional dimensions making the area of the diorama expand from 0.31 to 0.56 square meters. The new platform is made from a plywood cut by my father while I was in Makati for work. The following day, the original street maps of Minopolis was plotted on the new platform with road extensions to occupy the additional area. The 2012 Minopolis Development Plan was established. The project featured additional infrastructures to be developed before the end of 2012.
The following were some of the infrastructures that were constructed for the 2012 Minopolis Development Plan:
- Relocation of some buildings like the GTX-48 Tower from Hy-rant Ground to Centennial Financial District
- Central Grand Minopolis International Airport
- Expansion of SM City Minopolis to SM Minopolis Premier
- Reconstruction of Centennial Interchange to 4-level flyovers
- Small office builings in Hy-rant Ground
- World Trade Center Tower 3
- World Development Bank Headquarters
- Metropolitan Museum of Arts
- Michael A. Jaurigue Gallery of Arts
- The Concept and Design Center
- C1 South Road Tower
- Minopolis International Convention Center
- Centennial Central Park
- Government Buildings
- trees and greens of the city
- Department of State Defense Headquarters
- V. P. Avenido Defense Advance Research Facility
- The Terminal City
- Trump Financial Tower
Minopolis gained several structures and some replacements to a number of old items in the city in the first three months of 2013.
On June 2013, the diorama was damaged by roaches and rats while placed on the ceiling. It was observed that water droplets from the roof also damaged several structures at leads to fast aging. To counteract these problems, my parents created a removable plastic frame covering the whole city.
State of Minopolis
In the imagination of the creator of the diorama, the State of Minopolis encompasses the whole area of the house (where Lon live). The creator is considering the urban area to be at the center of the state. The state is divided into five districts and the City of Minopolis is the fifth and administrative district.
City of Minopolis
The City of Minopolis is a 0.56 square meter highly urbanized area. It is the administrative and the premier district of the State. The city is compost of more than 300 structures primarily of buildings making it to be one of the largest urban diorama. A number of places and landmarks are notable in the city including the modern area of Centennial Business Park, Hy-rant Business Park, the Cathedral, the main gate of the University of Minopolis, the Ground Spire which is the tallest self supporting tower in the city and the busy intersection of roads and flyovers at the heart of the urban. The city is also known as the Science City since it homes a number of state and international research centers.