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Roxas Boulevard : Then and Now

Oh Nostalgia! Looking back on the way things were can sometimes be a pastime for the old as well as the young. These days because of the internet, films, and the complete and total archiving of all the information that ever existed it’s even easy for five year old kids to get nostalgic- even about times when they didn’t exist.

Dewey Boulevard Manila Circa 1974 (Photo Courtesy of

There is a place for nostalgia though and one place where you might experience it is in looking at the capital of the Philippines and how it has changed through the years. In fact, there isn’t much that is more iconic and picturesque than Manila with it’s historical background and diverse population.

Old Dewey Boulevard
Old Dewey Boulevard Photos

The architecture alone can bring back memories of times when you may not have been there, but you heard the stories from the old aunties and uncles.

Roxas Boulevard Today
Roxas Boulevard Today

One place you’ve surely heard about or experienced is Roxas Boulevard. This famous road in the heart of the city was once called Dewey Boulevard. It wasn’t always 8 lanes and filled with huge amounts of traffic. The main function of the road is to connect the central Manila area with Pasay City, Paranaque City and the outer regions such as Cavite.

Manila Bay - Fishermans Friend
Manila Bay – Fishermans Friend

This gorgeous road is not only named for the former president Manuel Roxas but also offers some amazing sunsets for those who care to take the time to look. Roxas Boulevard is famed for the high life of yachting,  great food and clubs. The road is the place to see when you come to Manila and it has also been the place to be seen for a long time. Look at pictures of famous Filipinos and you will find pictures of them here. 

Manila's Famous Bay Walk
Manila’s Famous Bay Walk

Running from north to south  from Luneta to Paranaque City the road covers the past and the future as it also leads to SM Mall of Asia which has been built on reclamation land to the east you find the Ninoy Aquino International Airport leading to the rest of the world.

Beggars Cant be Choosers
Beggars Cant be Choosers

Even when Roxas Boulevard ends, it keeps going by becoming the Coastal Road that leads to Las Pinas City. From the Bay of Manila to Rizal Park, the Roxas Boulevard leads to the must see sights of Manila. Ah, the memories of Roxas Boulevard – from the political to the scandalous as in 2004 when the famous Baywalk Bodies scandal caused nine pretty girls to be jailed. 

If you’ve never partied on Malate District near Roxas Boulevard, chances are that you’ve never partied in the Philippines.  Now is your chance to get down there and enjoy it – leave the nostalgia for tomorrow!

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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