On October 2012, a full blown renovation and rehabilitation was planned to save Minopolis from a total lost brought about by aging and degradation of materials (lahat talaga tumatanda, kahit ang laruan ko 😐 ). The plan was to relocate the whole diorama in to a new platform with same dimension, and to replace the “flooring” with new materials.
(Related article: My Minoan History panget pa ang images ko dati, wala pa ako maayos na camera)
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 (ang bait nga ni dadi eh, siya pa ang nagvolunteer na igawa ako). 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 Ground-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
- a number of 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 is devoted to the appreciation and continuity of arts in modern society. There are two buildings in the city that are home for arts museums and galleries; the Michael Anico Jaurigue Gallery of Arts (na ipinangalan sa kapatid ko) and the Minopolis Metropolitan Museum of Arts.
The Minopolis Cathedral celebrated its 7th year of existence in the city on December 25, 2012 maintaining its original structure since 2005 (Pasko ko talaga tinapos yung cathedral noon). By the implemented law of the State, there should no other structure within the block that is higher than the cathedral’s dome (gaya-gaya sa Rome).
A number of buildings were constructed for government offices. One of these is the building of the Department of State Defense.
Part of the 2012 Minopolis Development Program is the expansion of some major roads and restoration of flyovers. The roads are now colored in black (black quality cartolina) with mostly white road marks. The main interchange within the city was restructured to four-level (masyado nga lang daw matarik yung isang ramp sabi ng dadi ko). Two flyovers were built along the newly constructed Circumferencial Road.
The Minopolis International Convention Center (MICC) was constructed to promote the city’s global competency (hala, gumaganun). The MICC maybe not that big compared to the Philippine International Convention Center but it features green architecture and creates aesthetic entity in the cityscape (san ka pa, tinubuan ng damo ang bubong).
The 2012 Minopolis Development Project reshape the city’s skylines. A number of skyscrapers were built mostly in the Centennial Financial District (pano dun lang pede, bawal sa Central Ground kasi malapit sa aiport, bawal din naman malapit sa simbahan). One of those is the Minopolis Stock Exchange Center, the latest high-rise structure as of January 2013 designed by my friend Ranier Sarmiento (may mga nagreact dito, nakakatakot daw).
The Greenwalk block is the new name of the then Centennial Park. This greenery is located at the heart of the Centennial Financial District.
The plan for the new Minopolis Medical Center (MMC) was part of the 2012 Minopolis Development Plan. However, the hospital was not constructed before the end of 2012 due to lack of time. Instead it opened on February 2013. Today, the Minopolis Medical Center is one of the most advanced state-owned hospital in the region (syempre, sa imahinasyon lang). The old building of the hospital is now hosting the MMC Cancer Institute.
Several international agencies and institutions are seated in the city. Some of those are the Asia-Pacific headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and the headquarters of the World Development Bank.
The Central Ground-Minopolis International Airport is part of the 2012 development project. It has one 3,000-meter long runway (Imagination din yun. Wala nang space sa bahay namin para lagyan ko pa ng tatlong metrong runway). This is the main avaition gateway of the State of Minoa.
Alam kong wala patutunguhan ito at masisira lang sa future. Pero ewan ko ba. Masaya ako titigan ang ilang taon ko nang laruan na ito.