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“Then and Now” Series

Old and new, then and now (Photo taken on October 4, 2008)

Old and new, then and now (Photo taken on October 4, 2008)

This serves as an index page to the “Then and Now” series which ran on this blog from September 29 to October 30, 2008.

As its title implies, the series is about comparisons… comparisons of past and present through the use of photographs, particularly of (selected) streets, structures, and plazas (and/or their vicinities) in Manila, more specifically in Binondo, Santa Cruz, and Intramuros.

Although much care and effort were given in matching the vantage point and composition of the new photographs with those of the old ones, getting an exact match was near impossible (or in some cases, down right impossible) due to several factors, e.g., cameras used and accessibility of locations.

Nevertheless, I had tons of fun doing this series… even if I had to touch and step on rat feces and climb up dizzying heights (via a ridiculously steep ladder) to reach the top of Binondo Church’s bell tower (that of Santa Cruz church is a whole lot tidier but its height was quite similar)… even if I had to travel several kilometers on foot (no less than ten kilometers is my estimate, I’m no athlete you know)… even if it caused my sweat to turn to fine grains of salt under the heat of the sun… even if it caused my legs to hurt for several days afterwards… in spite of all those, it has become one of the most exciting and unforgettable experiences/journeys I’ve had in my entire life.

Following is a list of all the posts/entries that comprise the series.

Note: To come back to this page, just click on the “Then and Now Series” tab on the navigation bar.

Hotel de Oriente in Binondo

View from Hotel de Oriente

La Insular Cigar and Cigarette Factory

Binondo Church (Part 1 of 2)

Binondo Church (Part 2 of 2)

Plaza Binondo

Binondo Canal

Calle Rosario

Plaza Moraga

Plaza de Cervantes

Escolta

Approach to the Bridge of Spain (Puente de España)

Puente de España

Santa Cruz Church

View of the Santa Cruz Church from Calle Escolta

Calle Escolta as Viewed from the Santa Cruz Church

Santa Cruz Bridge

Puente Colgante

Puente Colgante (Another Look)

Puente de Ayala

Puerta del Parian

Puerta de Santa Lucia

Puerta de Isabel II

Calle Real

Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral (Another View)

Plaza de España

“Pacific Motors”

The Legislatura Building

The Ayuntamiento

Lawton Residence

Binondo Canal Lift Bridge

Related post:

Breakfast and Lunch Menus of Hotel de Oriente

5 Responses to ““Then and Now” Series”

  1. good job said

    ang galing talaga!

  2. elsie said

    Hi!

    I’m Elsie from USI, a show on TV5. We’re doing a story on Metro Manila sewerage to be aired on August 1, and we need old photos of Pasig river and other waterways. We stumbled upon your blog, and saw some great photos we could use for the show.

    In this regard, I’d like to ask permission from you to include the photos in our episode. You will be properly cited as the source of the photos.

    Please feel free to contact me at elsie.cansino@gmail.com for your concerns. We hope to hear from you soon. Thank you very much!

    Best,
    Elsie

  3. wil said

    Hi ang galing talaga sa mayroon k rin mga image noon sa masangkay,benavidrz,gandara,dasmarinas,rosario,juan luna,soler,tomas mapua,tomas pinpin,salazar at ongpin yung old store noong 1800 t0 1900’s up na years at sana then and now mga store nila sarap kc balikan yun dati maraming salat tanawin wordpress sana ma post dito inform me liams_t@yahoo.com

  4. Divine said

    Hi, your blog is very wonderful. I like the “Then and Now” series because I am very interested in our history.

    I am currently doing research on a building near Jones Bridge, in Juan Luna. It is an American building with Greek columns next to El Hogar Filipino. It used to be the office of The First National City Bank of New York (now Citibank) and Pacific Commercial. I am interested in a building near Jones Bridge, in Juan Luna. It is an American building with Greek columns in front of El Hogar Filipino. It used to be the office of The First National City Bank of New York (now Citibank) and Pacific Commercial. It seems abandoned nowadays. I would like to know more about it. You have mentioned Anson Yu’s article which I already read.

    I am wondering if you might have old photos of the said building, both of the interior and the exterior.

    Hoping for your favorable response.

    Thank you very much.

    All the best,

    Divine

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