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Here’s how they lived truly rich lives according to their own rules and standards.
With influence and legacies lasting way beyond their years, the dashing debonaires of Old Manila continue to inspire generations thereafter to live their lives to the fullest: rich in experience, seeking the best of what the world can offer, and most of ...
 
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Imagine a time with a lot less traffic and a lot more trees.
Metro Manila has changed drastically over the decades, with new buildings and sights being built here and there. The old calles and esquinitas have made way for more spacious highways and avenues. On the downside, traffic has worsened the wear and tear of these thoroughfares. Nowadays, ...
 
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There's definitely a character to our capital.
There’s never a quiet day in Metro Manila, even back in its early years as what we refer to now as Old Manila. There’s a story around every corner and something new happening every day. The city’s seen good times and hard ...
 
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All-white sharkskin suits, luxury cars, and a grand mansion.
From what life was like in the glory days of Intramuros to photos from when the Philippines was called the "Paris of the East," details from the past have always been a source of fascination for many. With our track record of keeping history, however, photos ...
 
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It was hip and happening back in the day.
Manila’s many prominent and most affluent families began settling in the neighboring districts of Malate and Ermita during the first decades of the 20th Century. The twin residential districts were strategically located facing the scenic bay, and, early on, were also centers ...
 
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A look back through pictures of Manila the way it used to be.
The Metro Manila we know now is busy, crowded, and often suffering from trafficarmageddon. Although sometimes hard to believe, Manila was once praised for its opulence and decadence, earning the label "The Pearl of the Orient."While most of its architecture was destroyed ...
 
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There are ghosts in MiraNila, but not the sort that cause nightmares.
At the top of MiraNila, a heritage house owned by the Benitez family, is a tower that overlooks the city from one of the highest points of the New Manila area. Long before condominiums and townhouses obstructed the view, and before urbanization ...
 
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Get to know the families who built Manila as we know it today.
On February 16, 1892, social arbiter Ward McAllister published a list of 400 names which, by his definition, were the crème de la crème of New York society. The famed list was based on wealth, and included prominent members of the city’s ...
 
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Once upon a time when couture was standard, these fashion masters were the ones trusted by Manila's elite.
In the golden days of Manila, privileged women of this city’s elite opted to be dressed by a handful of these famous dressmakers, entrusting them with stitching their impeccably classic yet fashionable gowns. Back in the day, the elegant and fashionable society ...
 
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Though the elite lived in luxury, the poor lived outside the walls.
The walled city of Intramuros, Latin for “within the walls,” was the precursor of modern-day Manila. During its heyday, the city was the center of life: business, politics, religion, education, and everything in between.Intramuros’ residents were mostly made up of Spanish officials ...
 
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While some social clubs were not spared by the war, others were remodeled and managed to still stand strong today.
Before World War II, the inhabitants of Old Manila took extended time-outs at now historical recreational spots. High society indulged in leisurely activities such as balls, regattas, and polo matches.Manila Polo ClubAptly dubbed the “sport of kings” for its rich history dating ...
 
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These renovated landmarks are proof that historic sites are worth saving.
Many of Manila’s heritage structures have sadly been demolished to give way to modern use. In September 2014 alone, two historic landmarks—the Art Deco Michel Apartments and the Admiral Hotel— both met the wrecking ball. While the future of Manila’s few heritage ...
 
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Have a look at the stately mansions from Manila’s bygone era of opulence.
Towering condominiums may be popular as of late, but nothing quite compares to the grandeur of Manila’s historic houses.These mansions were a common sight in pre-war Manila, and were the chosen residences of the city’s landed families (most were part of Manila’s ...
 
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Back when #FilipinoPride wasn’t just a hashtag but a way of life.
From the late 19th Century until shortly before the war, Manila was called the “Paris of the East” and the “Pearl of the Orient.” Under the Spanish rule, the city thrived as the gateway of European nations to their trading partners in Asia. ...
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