old philippine photos

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Old Photo’s from the Philippines
1.) Embroidery Class at Paco School, Manila
2.) Planting Rice
3.) Four Men on Stump, Mindoro
4.) Girls at the Kabayan School, Benguet, Luzon
5.) The Rice Terraces
6.) Princess Radja Putri, Wife of the Sultan Maguguina, Cotabato
7.) Datu Mandi and Wife, Zamboanga

Library of Congress Collection

The idea of Fort Drum was created after the Spanish–American War in 1898 when the Board of Fortifications decided that the United States needed to better fortify overseas territories, especially harbors. One of the primary areas that the Board of Fortification decided to focus on was Manila Bay in the Philippines. Originally, the fort was to be the control center for a mine network across the Bay. However, due to inadequate defenses in the area, a plan was devised to level the island and then build a massive fortification.

Calauit Island, Palawan, Philippines Hundreds of families were evicted to make way for animals—giraffes, antelopes, and other creatures native to Kenya. The island became a safari, a wildlife preserve far from the urban jungle of Manila. Supporters praised Marcos for his advocacy, though it was wildly believed that he went through all that effort just to give his only son, Ferdinand Jr., his own hunting grounds.

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Before there were photos, life and portraits were recorded down by paintings and illustrations and the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period was no different. Here are a few paintings and illustrations of scenes and portraits of Pilipin@s during this time period.

Photo Sources:

I. “Mestizos de Manila, Yslas Filipinas” (Mestizos from Manila, Philippine Islands). 1792. Pen and ink and colored goache on paper. 22.5 cm. x 18.5 cm. Museo de America (Madrid) Collection

II. “La India Viuda” (The Native Widow). Between 1820-1840. Watercolor on paper. 32 cm. X 23.5 cm. Private Collection.

III. “Casa de baños en Manila” (Bath houses in Manila). 1792. 24 cm x 35.5 cm. Pen and ink and sepia gouache on paper. Museo Naval (Madrid) Collection.

IV. "Un India Pescadora de Manila" (A Fish Vendor of Manila). Between 1827-1832. Colored gouache on rice paper. Approximately 20.5 cm. x 30.5 cm. Dr. Eleuterio Pascual Collection.

V. “Un Indio Labrador” (A Native Laborer). [Between 1827-1832]. Colored gouache on rice paper. Approximately 20.5 cm. x 30.5 cm. Dr. Eleuterio Pascual Collection.

VI. Untitled (Man with his Prized Cock). 1840s. Watercolor on wove paper. Approximately 30 cm. x 18 cm. Private Collection.   

VII. Untitled (Mestiza with Embroidered Pañuelo and Parasol). 1840s. Watercolor on wove paper. Approximately 30 cm. x 18 cm. Private Collection.

VIII. “Vista de la entrada de la Calzada de San Sebastian hasta la Yglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen” (View of the entrance from San Sebastian Street to the Our Lady of Carmen Church). 1867. Watercolor on paper. Approximately 36 cm. x 49 cm. Private Collection.