Posted by Jhun Nonato on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Further south of Plaza Militar was the Manila Naval Station. Bounded on the north by Quirino Avenue, on the south by Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street (formerly Vito Cruz Street), on the west by Roxas Blvd, and on the east by Mabini Street, it was right across the Philippine Navy Headquarters, separated only by Roxas Blvd (then known as Dewey Blvd). See Maps for the exact location.
MNS had already a golf driving range at that time. It was here that Dad, when he was the Commanding Officer of the station, would relax and kill time, over a few bottles of beer with other officers, to avoid the after office hours traffic before going home to our place in Cavite.
MNS was transferred to Fort Bonifacio and was renamed Bonifacio Naval Station (BNS). The southern part of the former site of MNS is now occupied by The Central Bank of the Philippines. The northern portion is now the site of the Ospital ng Maynila, a government hospital run by the City of Manila. The middle part hosts the Department of Finance Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.