November 13, 2006

The Manila Hotel: Pre/Post War Photos

Sift through this magic chest of amazing vintage photographs! Take a peek and let them transport you back to a time almost lost forever. Discover places you've never been, or revisit the places you always thought you knew; that is until you see what these places used to look like! Travel back in time and rediscover the Philippines.


A pre-war Manila Hotel.
Manila Hotel after World War II.

Before the new wing was built.
Manila Hotel in the 70s.



Many thanks to everyone at www.skyscrapercity.com, and the www.pinoyexchange.com forums.

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9 comments:

VJ said...

It is so sad that the present state of the Manila Hotel is nothing like its old grandeur self.

Its rooms look as cheap (if not cheaper) than many of the rooms in Victoria Court.

The interior is gaudy and the nostalgia has been broken by commercialism and promos.

This is the reason why many have left Manila for Makati as the prime hotel belt in the Philippines

Anonymous said...

For VJ...Mismo! Yung mga signages nila parang ginamitan ng palara and red cartolina. Tapos sa lobby, may kupas na Pearl and Dean aerial picture ng hotel. Service? Hay naku.. Iba talaga ang priority ng owners nila ngayon.

sasha said...

Wow! I've been seeing u around, bloghoppin and all... ngaun lang ako nakadalaw dito sa bahay mo. I love the pics!

Nakakatuwa naman ang iyong reminiscence of old Manila ;)

ellygears said...

very nice place and soooo "makabayan." i took my oath here when i passed the board...

nona said...

great pics!! parang may something na nararamdaman seeing old pictures in black and white...
good job NM...:)

kneeko said...

wheew ayos ah...

Senor Enrique said...

I have many fond memories of attending debutant balls of cousins in this hotel when I was a kid.

Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

Rick M. said...

sayang, hindi na maganda ang manila hotel ngayon :(

Anonymous said...

blame the present owners if the interiors of this once-stately hotel now resemble what one will typically find inside a third-rate pansiteria.



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