Must-See Historic Photos of the Philippines
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The Philippines is definitely one of the most diverse countries in Asia. With its incredibly diverse language, religion, ethnicity and also geography, The Philippines also has its own share of colorful past. Check out these photos and learn a little bit of Philippine history from this vintage photo collection:
Old Street in Cavite
Cavite, Land of Heroes, is where the Philippine Independence was declared on June 12, 1898. The first President of the Philippines was born in Kawit Cavite.
Binondo Church pre-war Photo
This photo shows an old bridge leading to Binondo Church with an old panciteria on the left and a traditional bahay na Bato surrounding the church. A lot of people are just traveling on foot the main mode of transport are horse and carabao drawn carriages.
Fort Santiago Pre-war photo
A beautiful view of Fort Santiago from the Pasig River – a center for trading in Manila during the pre-war period. Today, the building seen on the photo was already gone but the walls are still there to remind us of Manila’s glorious past.
Two Filipino Mestiza’s Circa 1899
Photo of Two young Filipino – Spanish mestizas wearing Filipiniana inside a beautiful house in Ermita Manila. Circa 1899
Flood in Manila Circa 1905
Photo above shows Street flooding in Manila after a Typhoon. Circa 1905
Vintage Bird’s eye view photo of Beautiful Manila Circa 1941
Bird’s eye view of Manila before the Japanese Bombers devastated the beautiful city.
Manila Cathedral Circa 1929
In December 11-15, 1929, the first National Eucharistic Congress was held in the cathedral. Manila Cathedral became a Basilica through Saint John Paul II when he visited the Philippines in 1981.
Manila after World War II
Photo of Manila after a massive bombing. According to General Douglas MacArthur, Manila was the second most devastated city in the world, next to Warsaw, when he saw the city after the long battle.
Native Beautiful Filipina circa 1899
A beautiful native Filipina wearing Filipiniana Dress. Circa 1899
Battle of Manila circa 1945
During the Battle of Manila, The Japanese soldiers set Manila on fire circa February 2, 1945. Thousands of innocent citizens caught in the fight have nothing but luck to survive. This photo was taken along Gandara, now Sabino Padilla Street.
Manila Post Office Pre-war photo
The first known location of the Manila Post Office was on the business district of Escolta. In 1936, this new building was constructed but was later on destroyed during the Battle of Manila.
Minor Basilica of St. Michael Archangel in Tayabas Circa 1901
Filipino Chinese Banana Street Vendors circa 1900’s
Photo of Tsinoy Banana street vendors circa 1900 – 1902.
Typical Market Day in Ermita Manila
Early 20th Century photo of a typical market day in Ermita Manila.
Escolta Street Vintage Photo
Before Ayala in Makati and other shopping districts in Manila, Escolta is the shopping center of Manila.
San Agustin Church in Manila circa 1945
War damaged San Agustin Church and convent in Intramuros. Circa 1945.