Old Philippines Pictures (Photos/Images of Philippine History)

 


Aerial photo of Manila, Philippines Jan. 15, 1925, 4 PM

This is a very high definition aerial photo of Manila looking east down the Pasig River. Look at or download the “original” large size and zoom in to see lots of wonderful things. 


Binondo Church and old buildings around, Manila, Philippines, Jan. 15, 1925, 4 PM


Tondo Church, Manila, Philippines 1920s


Manila, Philippines before the Japanese invasion of 1941

 
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Santo Domingo church and convent was indiscriminately destroyed by Japanese bombs as they invaded in1941. Santo Tomas Plaza has been a public plaza since 1861 and is still there today. 


Walls of Intramuros and Sunken Garden, 1920s


Walls and surrounding moat of Intramuros, unknown date but probably 1800s


Santo Domingo church and convent, in the lower right is the old University of Santo Tomas on the left and the Colegio de Santa Rosa on the right side

 
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SANTA CRUZ BRIDGE MANILA PHILIPPINES c1920’s


SANTA CRUZ BRIDGE, FILIPINO CARRETELAS MANILA PHILIPPINES c1930


Bagumbayana, Rizal Park, Manila Philippines c1920’s


MAGALLANES MONUMENT MANILA PHILIPPINES c1920’s

Mangallanes Monument was erected in 1848 in honor of Ferdinand Magellan . It was made of stone with a marble pedestal. The column was decorated with anchors and laurel leaves, a cable, and another anchor with the inscription of the explorer’s name. Originally located at the center of the pasco, the monument was moved near the Aduana Building in 1904 as it was blocking the new Riverside Drive. It was toppled by artillery fire during the war and pushed into the river by US Army bulldozers during clearing up operations

 
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Dornier Wal Seaplane “Groenland-Wal” over Manila Bay Sept. 27, 1932, 2:50 PM

Wolfgang von Gronau and his three-man crew completed the first around the world flight in this seaplane. They departed Germany’s North Sea island of Sylt on July 21st. Heading westward, they stopped off in Iceland, Greenland, Canada, the United States, Siberia, Japan, China, the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, Malacca, Burma, India, Iran, Iraq, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, before finally touching down in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Gronau and his crew completed the 111 day journey in a Dornier Wal seaplane. 


Dornier Wal Seaplane Groenland-Wal over Manila Bay Sept. 27, 1932, 2.50 PM 3


Dornier Wal Seaplane Groenland-Wal over Manila Bay Sept. 27, 1932, 2.50 PM 4


squadron of american army aircorp biplanes over manila bay, oct. 24, 1933

 
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This is the Jones Bridge but look just behind it. There you will see some of the support columns of the Old Bridge of Spain (Puente de España) in the river. On either banks you can see the abutments in the process of being removed. This is important to show where the old bridge was compared to the new Jones Bridge.


Plaza Goiti Waiting Station, Manila, July 9, 1929


GATE AT FORT SANTIAGO MANILA c1920’s


FORT SANTIAGO MANILA PHILIPPINES c1920’s

 
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CALLE GRAL LUNA MANILA, PHILIPPINES c1920’s


Cemetery 1928 Manila, Philippines. That is the North Cemetery. The bottom of the picture with one small shed is the Chinese Cemetery.


A Japanese photo of their bombing of Rangoon, Burma on Dec 23, 1941 during WWII


The Cathedral Church of St. Mary and St. John, Manila

 
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Philippine family fleeing the area of conflict in World War 2


Philippines in 1940s


Philippines, boy on Carabou probably 1940s


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Philippines, probably 1940s 


Swimming in the Philippines 1940s


WALLED CITY FORT SANTIAGO MANILA


Filipina washing clothes in water filled shell crater 1945

 
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1918 Malate Church


Same church in 2008


Binondo Church early 1900s


19th Century Binondo Church

 
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Default Miss Philippines 1926


THE FIRST MISS PHILIPPINES. 20 year old Anita Agoncillo Noble of Lemery, Batangas, chosen at the 1st National Beauty Contest of 1926. Anita comes from a distinguished family of patriots and revolutionists.

The 1st National Beauty Contest search for the first Miss Philippines was launched with much fanfare and was met with resounding approval by provincial authorities. Quickly, municipalities conducted their own “Miss”, from among whom a provincial bet to the national contest was chosen. Batangas Governor Modesto Castillohowever, already had a perfect candidate in mind, so he scrapped the local tilt and named his beauty of choice. No one criticized this arbitrary move, as his decision was met with unanimous approval. Anita Noble y Agoncillo of Lemery was named as “Miss Batangas” and was sent off immediately to the national contest.

Anita was the middle child and only daughter of Leoncio Noble and Maria Agoncillo, who, in turn come from distinguished families of Lemery. Leoncio managed the family estate in the Lemery-Taal area, while Maria was directly related to patriots Felipe Agoncillo, diplomat of the 1st Philippine Republic, Maria, 2nd wife of Emilio Aguinaldo, and Marcela, maker of the 1st Philippine flag.

Anita had two other siblings: Froilan and Vicente. When it was time for their higher education, the boys were sent to San Juan de Letran, while Anita was accepted as an interna at the nearby Santa Rosa College. It was indeed a surprise, that given her strict upbringing, her parents allowed her to participate in the contest. But inasmuch as she was always in the company of other girls and their chaperones, she was allowed to participate in the contest activities.

During the contest proper, she stayed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Roa Sr., together with Remedios Santos (Miss Rizal) and Amparo Neri (Miss Misamis). Mrs. Conchita Zamora Roa was their official chaperone. One of the most memorable event was a tea dance party given by the Bachelors’ Club to the candidates at the Hotel de Francia along Avenida Rizal. The candidates were paraded in the evening in decorated automobiles that wended its way around Rizal, Escolta, Taft Avenue and ending at the Manila Grand Carnival auditorium at the Luneta. Alighting from the cars, the candidates boarded individual wheeled chariots bearing the name of their respective provinces. Before an adoring crowd and a panel of judges, the candidates were thus presented and voted on.

The selection of the regional winners—Misses Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao—proved to be easy. But the choice for the plum Miss Philippines title ended in a tie between Miss Zamboanga (Carmen Fargas) and Miss Batangas (Anita Noble). Not even a second voting could break the tie. As it was already past midnight,Madame Levy, one of the judges, suggested the postponement of the deliberation for another day. It was then that President Manuel L. Quezon made his appearance. Apprised of the situation, the President invited the contestants the next day at the Manila Hotel. He stipulated that they be dressed in simple baro’t sayaand wear no make-up, and that another judge be added to break the deadlock. The judging continued the next day—the girls were judged how they ate lunch!


NOBLE NOBILITY. Miss Philippines-elect Anita Noble, as she appeared in a large 1926 Carnival souvenir photo.

The stringent process finally yielded results with the breaking of the tie. Anita Noble, 20 year old Miss Batangas was chosen as the winner of the First National Beauty Contest. But so tight was the competition, that the Carnival officials decided to create another title for Zamboanga’s Carmen Fargas. She was named as“Miss Pearl of the Orient Seas”. Named as Miss Luzon was won by Rosario Genato (Manila), Miss Visayaswas Aurora Reyes (Samar) and Miss Mindanao was Bala Amai Miring (Lanao).

Our first Miss Philippines was proclaimed with much hoopla in the jampacked Carnival Auditorium. Batangas Assemblyman Antonio de las Alas escorted Anita, the pride of Batangas, to the throne. Leopoldo Kahnstood by as her King Consort. With the dancing ending at 5 a.m., everyone agreed that 1926 was “the liveliest and most successful night in the history of the Carnival”.

Accolades continued to pour in for Anita. Her school presented a musical program in her honor and when she went home to Batangas, her proud province mates gave her a rapturous welcome. She was besieged by admirers but it was not until 9 January 1927 that she met Paris-educated Architect Juan Nakpil, son of revolutionist Don Julio Nakpil and Gregoria de Jesus, the young widow of Andres Bonifacio.

As a graduate student of Harvard where he continued his studies after France, Juan had previously heard of Anita via Carnival news clippings sent to him. Upon his return to the Philippines, Juan met Anita on the feast of the Black Nazarene, in the Quiapo house of his uncle, Dr. Ariston Bautista Lin.

Smitten, Juan pursued Anita, often traveling to Lemery every Sunday to woo and visit her. He finally won her on 10 December 1927, and they were wed in the evening highlighted by a reception held at the house of the Batangas Governor. The union bore 5 accomplished children: Ariston, Francisco, Eulogio, Annie (who became Miss Batangas) and Edith (who, too, became Miss Philippines 1955 of the Boys’ Town Carnival).

In 1973, Arch. Juan Nakpil was conferred the National Artist Award for his valuable contribution to Philippine architecture.Our first Miss Philippines, the accomplished and beautiful Anita Noble, passed away on 14 August 1979, after a bout with cancer.

 
 
 
 
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