Friday, May 27, 2016

August 2, 1942: Manila Traffic Motorcycle Constabulary During Japanese Occupation of the Philippines!

August 2, 1942: Traffic Motorcycle Constabulary in Manila during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. Note the imposed speed limit during that time. 

General MacArthur and Marcos War Medal Photo Controversy- True or Fake?

It is alleged that the famous picture above of General MacArthur personally decorating a World War 2 War medal to then Filipino Soldier/Leader/War Hero Ferdinand Marcos Sr. is a FAKED reproduction of an actual picture for another Filipino soldier. 

It is claimed that the left is the real picture and the right one showing Marcos was "edited".... How true? You be the judge. 

1968: Volkswagen Beetle Police Cars in Manila!

In 1968 the Volkswagen Beetle was used as Mobile Cars in Metro Manila.

September 13,1907: Macario Sacay hanged by American Soldiers during the Phil-Am War!

On September 13,1907 Macario Sacay was hanged by American Soldiers during the Phil-Am War. Sacay was the leader of a Filipino rebel group during the Philippine-American War.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

1962: Quiapo Underpass Construction near Quiapo Church-Aerial View.

Aerial View of Quezon Boulevard, Quiapo, Manila, showing the on-going construction of Quiapo underpass (and overpass as well) near Quiapo Church. Circa 1962. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

1890s: Bullfighting in Manila!

Bullfighting in Manila in the 1890s.
There was Bullfighting in Manila in the 1890s and the bull ring was located in Paco district. An American writer who was in the Philippines in 1898-99, Joseph L. Stickney, described the state of the sport in the country: "Neither Spanish bull-fighters nor Spanish bulls are brought to the island, so that native talent has to be obtained to play both roles. The bulls are timid and lazy, the bull-fighters are little better, so that the traveler does not see bullfighting of the same sort that he would in Spain, Cuba or Mexico." 

During the 1953 Manila International Fair, bullfighting made a brief comeback. The event was held at the sunken gardens outside Intramuros and featured bulls and matadors from Spain.

Although it was a big hit, the bloody sports failed to return in 1999 after a group rallied to block its comeback.