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20 Old Manila Photos That Have Been Colorized and Brought to Life

See the best photos of Manila before, well, now.
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Nothing compares to Manila back in its heyday. For now, the only way that we can travel back in time to see what Manila looked like when it was called the Paris of the East is through digital colorized photos. From lost structures and better-dressed citizens, here's a glimpse into life in old Manila.

1890s: Old Quiapo Church

1898: The Puente de España or the Bridge of Spain

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1900s: A Binondo scene

1900s: A group of children next to the Pasig River

1900: Two fruit vendors

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1901: A Manila shopping district

1904: Filipino men ahead of a cockfight

1908: A scene outside the Manila Cathedral

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1911: Vendors on a Manila street

1923: Children receiving child welfare work

1930s: A group of folk dancers

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1930s: Paco Railway Station

More: There's Art Hidden Inside the Abandoned Paco Railway Station

1935: Cars parked outside the San Augustine Church

1945: Filipino school children in class

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1945: Community members practicing bayanihan

1949: A busy street in Quiapo, Manila

1949: War-damaged University of the Philippines Manila

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1949: Filipino boy and a dog

1950s: Jeepneys parked in front of billboards

1954: A marketplace in Manila

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