Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Vintage Manila - Part 2

To continue our tour of the old Manila, here is a General Elwell Stephen Otis in 1898. He was the one leading the U.S. army during the Battle of Manila. Otis's response when Emilio Aguinaldo tried to stop the war by sending an emissary to General Otis to appeal for an end to the fighting in the Battle of Manila was, "fighting, having begun, must go on to the grim end.".

We now turn to a more domestic scene. Two daughters help their mother wash clothes by balancing on a block of wood!

A fairytale sight was Luneta Park in the 1900s with ladies in dresses up to the ground and huge buildings in the horizon.

This is Pasig in the 1900s when the river was still clean. Today the Pasig river is still scarred from the traumas of the war. It is said that all of what was left of Manila when it was burned down by the Japanese and bombed by the Americans, they shoved into the Pasig river. Bodies and buildings were piled on top of each other and the river was never the same again.

Sampaloc, Manila does not have a nipa hut anymore. Concrete structures have long ago replaced these charming little huts.

The San Sebastian Church, shown here is the only all-steel church in Asia. It is near Hidalgo St. The church has a Gothic style and has been here since 1621.

Unfortunately, this tram has long been extinct replaced by buses and jeepneys littered all over the city.

Finally here is MalacaƱang when it had no need of a gate or guards.
I hope you enjoyed our little adventures here!

Vintage Manila

Manila is my city. It is a bustling, vibrant city and much like the Big Apple, it never sleeps! During the 1800-1900s it was the place to be and had the highest standard of living! Here are some glimpses of vintage Manila!

Binondo used to look this way like a rural community! It is now one of the busiest commercial places in Manila where a lot of stores are and not a square meter of space is vacant. Escolta Street, 1884, had European architecture adapted to the Philippine climate. People dressed up quite elegantly on the streets and I suppose the weather was not as humid otherwise attired with long sleeves and maria claras, fainting would have been rampant. In the late 1800s, the gate to Intramuros still looks as it does now. We have kept the kalesas going for the tourists only now there is a golf course surrounding the gate. Here is the gate to Fort Santiago. It curiously holds up a Freemason symbol. What is that all about? Incidentally, this is where my hero uncle has been laid to rest. He was beheaded along with others who wrote insurgent material against the Japanese government. You rock Uncle Dever Alejandro!

I'll post more Vintage Manila when I have more time.


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