This will be the third and probably the final set of my articles about the wonderful photographs of Manila then and now. I hope you will enjoy this as much as you enjoyed the first and second parts.
Again we will journey back in time and see the amazing places in Manila through old photographs and compare it with its present condition. We will also know a little bit of history of each places or structures. Hopefully, this will encourage each of us to preserve and give importance on what we have now so that they may still be available for generations to come.
Let’s now take a look at these Wonderful Photographs of Manila Then and Now and be amazed again on the marvels for the past.
Sto Domingo Church (National Shrine of the Holy Rosary)
For almost four centuries Santo Domingo de Manila, the church and motherhouse of the Dominican Order, stood within the walls of Intramuros. It was severely damaged during World War II. After the war, a new church was built in Quezon City. It was inaugurated on October 10, 1954 during the La Naval feast and procession. The La Naval image was taken to this church and Santo Domingo was canonically erected as the National Shrine of the Holy Rosary in the Philippines.1907 Intramuros, Manila
Santo Domingo is best known as the home of a beautiful and richly robed image of the Virgin Mary called 'Nuestra Senora de La Naval' (Our Lady of La Naval). The centuries-old image is credited for having saved the Manila from an invasion by a Dutch armada in 1646.
Present Day, Quezon City
La Insular Cigar & Cigarette Factory
The building of La Insular was built in 1888 at Plaza Calderon de la Barca with Juan Jose Hervas, then Manila's Municipal Architect as designer. Designed along Moorish lines, the building became a notable landmark in Binondo's major plaza, together with the old Hotel de Oriente. As a business, La Insular continued to be an economic presence in the Philippines until the prewar years.c1900s
La Insular exported cigars and tobacco to different countries abroad, with the majority going to the United States and England. Its Tres Coronas were especially favored by the English. One of the best customers of La Insular was King Alfonso XIII of Spain. He gave the company royal authority to name a cigar, "King Alfonso XIII" with his own signature.
Manila Cathedral (Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception)
The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica (also known as the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and informally as Manila Cathedral) is a prominent Latin Rite Roman Catholic basilica located in Manila, Philippines, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of the Philippines. Located in the Intramuros district of Manila in the Philippines. Originally a parish church owned by the diocese of Mexico in 1571, it became a separate diocese with its own bishop. The cathedral serves both as the Prime Basilica of the Philippines and highest seat of Archbishop in the country. The cathedral has been damaged and destroyed several times since the original cathedral was built in 1581; the sixth and current incarnation of the cathedral was completed in 1958 and was consecrated as a minor basilica in 1981. It is the highest seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Philippines, the current Archpriest of the Cathedral is Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales.c1860
c1900s after the earthquake that damaged the bell tower
Rizal Avenue corner Carriedo Streetc1930
Ermita Church (Archdiocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de Guia)
Nuestra Señora de Guia is the patron of Ermita Church and the parish named after her. Her image is the oldest in the Philippines having been discovered on May 19, 1571 around the seashore which is now the site of the Ermita Church by soldiers of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi after he took over possession of the city in honor of King Felipe II of Spain.c1900s
According to historical accounts the soldiers witnessed natives rendering pagan worship to a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary placed on top of a trunk surrounded by pandan trees. Since that time it was said that the “Virgen de Guia began to shed rays of charity in ever so many miracles she wrought in behalf of the people, especially the navigators. It is in this light that she was given the title Guia (guide)” (Anales dela Cathedral de Manila).
It is said that the image must have been one of those brought to the country by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521 and must have been sent by the Cebu native chiefs as a gift to one of the rajahs in Manila.
In a Royal Decree dated August 9, 1578, the King of Spain declared Nuestra Señora de Guia as the “Sworn Patroness” of Manila by reason of the continual favors that she lavished on the city.
Bilibid Viejoc1900s Flooded a century ago
Sta. Ana Church
The Church of Santa Ana stands on the site of the first Franciscan mission established outside Manila in 1578. The church was built under the supervision of Fr. Vicente Ingles, OFM. The cornerstone of the present church was laid on September 12, 1720 by Francisco dela Cuesta, then Archbishop of Manila and Acting Governor General of the Philippines.c1900s
On October 1966, the inner patio and surrounding areas of this centuries-old church were excavated by the archaeologist team of the National Museum headed by Doctor Robert Fox. The project yielded rich materials on pre-Spanish Manila. The oldest artifact found in the inner patio of Santa Ana Church dates back to the late 11th century A.D. – a beautiful blue and white Chinese bowl with floral designs. The rest are potteries and Chinese artifacts which date back to the 12th and 13th centuries A.D.
Escolta is a famous street in Manila, Philippines. During the Spanish and American occupation of the Philippines, Escolta was known as the commercial district of Manila.1899
The name is said to have originated from the mid 19th century when Spanish Captain Generals paraded the street with heavy escorts--and people shouting "Escorts"--which later became Escolta.
Some of the luxury shops and bazaars in Manila of the olden days were located in Escolta such as Botica Boie, Beck's, La Estrella del Norte, Squires & Bingham, Erlanger and Galinger, and Oceanic.
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