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Manila’s iconic clock tower has undergone a makeover. Its dome and clock faces have been painted gold, a bright change from the original red.

The transformation is part of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s idea of giving the city a new look. In fact, he described the structure as the Golden Manila City Hall Clock Tower, likening it to London’s Big Ben.

The mayor ordered the change to gold so that the tower sparkles brightly during daytime and exudes a calming effect at nighttime.

Warm, uniform white lights illuminate the said clock in a stationary fashion at night, while the brightness of the gold-colored dome reflects white rays when the sun is up and sunlight hits it.

The huge clock is checked from time to time to ensure it gives the right time and all faces are synchronized.

Without going into details, Domagoso bared that more improvements will be introduced to the now Golden Manila City Hall Clock Tower to make it worthy of being the foremost attraction in Manila.

In many countries around the world, clock towers are famous landmarks. Apart from Big Ben, other famous structures include the tower of Philadelphia City Hall, the Rajabai Tower in Mumbai, the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin, the Torre dell’Orologio in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, and the Zytglogge clock tower in the Old City of Bern, Switzerland.

Some feng shui experts say the color gold brings good luck, but for the mayor, it is a beacon of hope and pride for Manilans despite the pandemic.

The new Golden Manila City Hall Clock Tower is the biggest of its kind in the country. Standing at 100 feet, it was designed by Antonio Toledo and was completed during the 1930s.

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