08 February 2009

Manila Before WW II | A Documentary Video

I do not have the slightest idea on how Manila, the Philippines' premier capital, looked like sometime more than 70 years ago…but I often wonder how.

Written stories, documented history and images were not enough to quench my thirst for the same.

Finally, I chanced upon a “motion picture” that somehow satisfied my curiosity. It acted as a window and showed me the soul I was yearning to visualize.

See it for yourself and be inspired…



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28 comments:

  1. A very interesting piece of history preserved in cinematography. Although wobbly, I thank you for sharing this with us. It makes us wonder the more what could be life like during that era.

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  2. Yes it is, Papaleng.

    Thanks much for the comment and the visit.

    Cheers!

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  3. You are very much welcome, Alex.

    I am trying to find other PH vid docs from various era. Maybe you can help find some. Let me know so we can share them here at StitcheS™.

    Thanks!

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  4. I once have seen a video of the Fort and some pictures from a museum and I was enthralled at how pretty it was. Now it's ravished by time and the modern development. We just lost a lot of history because of our own neglect. Sad thing.

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  5. Yeah, I agree with you, Maricris. Despite availability of modern infrastructural engineering and technology, urban development in greater Manila seems to be going in a “different” direction.

    Although I read elsewhere that there are many programs being undertaken to avoid further regression, I believe it would not be that hard to reconstruct or even make Manila look a lot better than it used to be if everyone would participate and take part in all these efforts.

    It is possible…but it is all up to us.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

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  6. My mom and dad had many stories about the old Manila that stirred up my imagination...it was nice finding your blog!

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  7. Glad you enjoyed reading Stitches™, Rachel.

    Thanks much for the visit and comment. I hope you can one day share those stories your mom and dad have shared with you.

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  8. WOW, amazing video.... "Somewhere back in TIME" ang setting.. I really LOVE it! Good work friend and thanks for sharing that beautiful video.. BRAVO!!!

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  9. You are much welcome, Ronald.

    Glad you enjoyed the vid.

    Thanks for the visit and the comment.

    Hope to see you here more often and keep your comments coming.

    Ingat!

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  10. wow manila in the old days looks good than today

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  11. It only looked “good”, I believe, because it was cleaner back then, Health Assistant.

    There are, apparently, many plans leading to the rehabilitation of Manila, which we all should be looking forward. Perhaps, if personal time and resources allow, we, Filipinos, should also participate in our own “little way” to make all these efforts workable. With this picture in mind, I guess, nothing is impossible. We can make Manila look better and great, again.

    What do you think?

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  12. hey i was wondering the same thing before and wish could see how it looks like,thank you for posting this!incredible!

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  13. Thanks much, Mac. Glad you liked it.

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  14. I have finished a review of your blog... finally... here is the link http://todaysblogreview.blogspot.com/2009/07/stitches-for-everyday-people.html

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  15. Well, what can I say? I am so pleased with the review you made on my blog.

    Your commendations, tips, suggestions and encouragement will always serve as my guide as I continue with my untiring journey here at StitcheS.

    Again, thank you very much, Shen.

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  16. Hopping here..Hope you can visit me back..God Bless!!

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  17. Thanks, Vicy. Heading now to your site.

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  18. Hi VD,

    I hope you can come one time to the Philippines and further discover what Manila has to offer.

    Thanks for droppin’ by

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  19. I wish I lived in that times... The life pace was very slow and measured... Thank you for video. And music is awesome!

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  20. You are very much welcome, Katya. Many thanks for posting your comment, as well.

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  21. A very interesting post, different perspective but still catchy and informative. Overall its very nicely put, I haven't seen very much quality work on public blogs.

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  22. I am pretty much glad to found this blog thanks for sharing

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  23. Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well. This was actually what I was looking for, and I am glad to came here! Thanks for sharing the such information with us.

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  24. This is a very great idea. Thank you for this insightful and useful article.

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  26. An interesting point of view. I like to read your blog post because it is well written and intersting

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