Old Manila

In his column today in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Dr. Michael Tan writes about two videos, titled “Castillian Memoirs” and “Queen City of the Pacific”, that feature rare footage of Manila in the ’30s.

We are sharing them with you to supplement our history teachers’ lack of teaching aid when they were discussing how the Philippines of yore looked like. Sabi nga, huli man daw at magaling, naihahabol din. 8)

“The films are entertaining but they can be educational as well. History and geography classes could come alive as students get to see moving pictures of life in Manila before World War II,” writes Dr. Tan, who is also teaching at the University of the Philippines.


To read more about these films, please read Dr. Tan’s column here.

One thought on “Old Manila

  1. Ria Balmaceda

    I felt goosebumps while watching these videos. My first time to see moving images of the old Manila. Though narrated from the point of view of our American occupiers, the films give us concrete glimpse of the past.

    Did you notice that traffic was on the left lane during that time?

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