Old Manila Photos

These are old photos of Manila, the time when the Philippines was still not born. Some photos date back as far as 1884!

I got these photos from a group in Facebook.

Lighthouse Anda Monument Intramuros

Market in Ermita

More photos:

Malacanang Entrance

Escolta bridge

Escolta street, this used to be Manila’s affluent business center.

Escolta 1884

Escolta 1920s

Escolta Street.

Calle Nozaleda Ermita

Malacanang 1926
Malacanang 1926

Manila Cathedral 1900s
Manila Cathedral 1900s

Manila Cathedral 1900s
Manila Cathedral 1900s

Pasig River 1900s
Pasig River 1900s

Plaza Miranda Quiapo 1930s
Plaza Miranda Quiapo 1930s

Puente de Espana 1900s
Puente de Espana 1900s

Quiapo Church 1930s
Quiapo Church 1930s

Quiapo Church 1930s
Quiapo Church

Sto Domingo Gate, the Western Entrance of Intramuros.

Quiapo Church 1930s

Sampaloc Street 1900s
Sampaloc Street 1900s

Tutuban Railway 1900s
Tutuban Railway 1900s


  1. sweetgiftsphilippines August 10, 2009 10:58 pm Reply

    Wow that is old manila? i cant believe it…. unlike now….


  2. Dennis August 20, 2009 10:00 am Reply

    its lovely to see the old days in the philippines..great pictures!

  3. Manilaboy August 21, 2009 6:28 am Reply

    I’m planning to take photos in Escolta and post it side by side with the old photos.


  4. Star Villanueva September 2, 2009 11:04 pm Reply

    It’s nice to see how MNL look like before…


  5. meloh salazar September 8, 2009 12:57 pm Reply

    tnx for giving me a chance to see the old manila…wow hope to see more of the old manila photos.

  6. green eagle October 26, 2009 2:50 am Reply

    notice in the pictures were vehicles – whether cars or horse-driven – are present that they used to traverse the road from the left, meaning that unlike today where “keep right” is the law, in those days we followed a “keep left” policy on the road. this used to be the norm up until 1945.

  7. James Jiongco March 28, 2010 8:27 am Reply

    Wish I could travel back in time and go on to these places in the photos.

  8. Roland April 29, 2010 8:23 pm Reply

    pansin ko lang, keep left pla mga sasakyan noon. great pix

  9. Manilaboy April 30, 2010 3:07 pm Reply

    Roland-Hhhmmm, probably got this during the Japanese occupation?


  10. rayven June 19, 2010 8:43 am Reply

    tungkol sa bakit nasa left side and mga sasakyan noon. this is probably due to the british being the superpower at that time. Post 1945 the Americans became the powerful country thus changing the rules and introducing/polluting english language and spelling against tje original language og the English people from England which is United Kingdom now.

  11. pau July 25, 2010 10:04 am Reply

    very historical and full of memories. i love the old picture of manila…

  12. Peegee August 13, 2010 3:32 am Reply

    please correct….the photos which states Quiapo 1930’s is actually from the 1950’s because of the jeepneys on the streets. Jeepneys were made after the WWII from surplus WWII willies jeeps.

  13. Peegee August 13, 2010 3:36 am Reply

    and also another pic that states quiapo 1930’s is actually sta. cruz church 19??

  14. sangangdaan August 29, 2010 10:18 am Reply

    i love those pics,im very much inclined with the past.i usually go to sta.cruz church where they had exhibits some old scenes in manila,dating back to the spanish era i love it.many thanks

    • Manilaboy September 3, 2010 2:40 am Reply

      Will try to go to Sta Cruz church and take photos of the old Manila. Thanks for giving me an idea.


  15. jpqt December 24, 2010 10:15 pm Reply

    thanks for postin old manila pictures. how i wish i saw the beauty o manila then…

  16. Rashina April 13, 2011 3:19 pm Reply

    Seeing those pictures, I almost cried.


  17. explore April 19, 2011 4:52 am Reply

    how i wish i was there then…

  18. zane May 15, 2011 12:13 pm Reply

    hi, may i was ask the name of the facebook group which you got the pictures from? thanks!

    • Manilaboy May 15, 2011 3:58 pm Reply

      Hi Zane, sorry forgot the name, but just search “Old Manila” in Facebook, you surely find similar photos.


  19. sheryl June 11, 2011 12:16 pm Reply

    nice seeing those old photos of manila. glad that theres photos like this atleast we can get back from where our grand parents live and their lifestyle.

  20. melissa g. erive June 28, 2011 4:07 am Reply

    nice pictures of “old manila”..kakaiyak lang kasi di na ganyan ngayon.

  21. Andrew Cook July 6, 2011 4:21 pm Reply

    Its a shame there’s not a book with lots of pictures of ‘old Manila’….. there seems to be a number of old pictures floating around, lots of pictures on old postcards and original photo’s from the early 1900’s, web-pictures etc….but not a compilation in an affordable book….or am I wrong ? How well dressed the people in the early part of the century were…strolling in their white jackets and beautiful hats…and how peaceful and tranquil the roads with the calesa’s, carabao carts, trams (tranvia’s) and the first motor vehicles….. now compare with the clogged streets, pollution, jeepneys and belching buses, tricycles, vendors and beggars…… oh for the days of Escolta in the 1920’s compared to Edsa in 2011 ! Will manila ever be a ‘pearl’ again ?

    • Manilaboy July 9, 2011 4:13 pm Reply

      Andrew Cook, I’m sure there are photo books about old Manila, just search it intensely.


  22. eugenio July 7, 2011 6:16 pm Reply

    Los cuadros más finos que he visto. especialmente la iglesia de Quiapo. sus más de 15 años en el futuro porque salí de Manila 1905 para ir a 1984 entonces yo dejaron agosto para ir a 2029 entonces que volví al pasado (su año en curso) en 2011. Cuadros agradables i don’ t sabe cuando i volverá a mi tiempo.

  23. renato July 10, 2011 10:46 pm Reply

    nice pictures of “old manila” in my inspire and wonderful in historical and full of memories. i want to see the old picture of manila..

    ask where is calle mercado ermita manila… i cannot found the place … maybe i think of replace – United Nation Ave. or Padre Faura? pls reply …


    • Manilaboy July 11, 2011 3:28 am Reply

      I never heard of Calle Mercado Ermita, but I searched it on the Google, and I think that’s in the area of Luneta.


  24. Renato July 17, 2011 10:49 am Reply

    ask … where is former calle mercado, ermita manila…. the replace of new street – san marcelino st. ermita manila? or Ayala blvd, ermita manila near Philippine Normal University

  25. whitegraypoppy July 20, 2011 12:22 am Reply

    @peegee: the bottom captions are for the pictures on top, so the 1930s is right for that frame, given the era clothes the church-goers are wearing. the bottom picture is the 1950s because of the jeepneys.

  26. whitegraypoppy July 20, 2011 1:18 am Reply

    @renato. United Nations used to be Isaac Peral and Faura has always been that. Mercado? I forgot what it is now. If you want a more or less complete mental diagram of Manila street names pre and a little post-war, you can buy or refer to the book “By Sword and Fire” by Alfonso Aluit vividly detailing the institutions, streets, people and events in the areas of South and North Manila during the Japanese occupation.

  27. Chesca August 11, 2011 9:03 am Reply

    Hi, Im Chesca, a researcher from a TV network. I am currently working on a documentary that focuses on Sta. Cruz and within it. I would like to ask your permission if we can use the videos and photos in your website about the said topic. Here is my email address: fmseneres@yahoo.com. I am looking forward to your favorable response.
    Thank you! 🙂

  28. Eric Ramirez September 8, 2011 11:55 pm Reply

    There should be a initiative from the Government and Academe to compile all these historical records of Manila (with emphasis on photos) as well with nearby provinces (Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Bulacan). The sad thing is Pinoys nowadays does not care about their past anymore. I am not a pure Pinoy but I am very passionate to learn about your History.

    Part of becoming a good citizen of your country, and to bring progress to your economy is by looking at your past and aligning these elements with the present and future.

    To the Author of this Blog, job well done! I salute you, keep it up.

  29. maui maurillo October 3, 2011 5:45 pm Reply

    ang gara pala ng old Quiapo Church! Ibinalik mo ang koneksyon ko sa Maynila. San ba nakakabili ng time machine? uunahin kong balikan ang Maynila mid-1800s. Nakakalungkot lang na ang masalimuot na lansangan at gusali ngyon sa Maynila ay bunga ng hindi pagsaalang-alang sa katagang “Urban Planning” na sa pagkakaalam ko ay alam na ng mga pinuno at arkitekto kahit noong 1st century BC pa. sadness…..

  30. Manolito B. San Juan November 6, 2011 4:22 am Reply

    Nice to see how manila was back then. Thanks for the photos, hope we could upload more to see how life was before.

    Thanks to the Author/s of this site… Good Job!!!

  31. arnold geronimo November 29, 2011 2:12 pm Reply

    nice photo… very classic.. i would like to paint some pics. on canvas.. can i?


  32. malu February 29, 2012 4:39 am Reply

    how about echague? this is part of my research, anything you can say about the place.

  33. Raul Batungbakal March 27, 2012 9:51 am Reply

    Nice to see old picture of Manila.

  34. Michael Edwards April 18, 2012 1:37 am Reply

    I couldn’t help but notice that during the Spanish era natives go around barefooted

    • Manilaboy April 18, 2012 2:28 am Reply

      It depends on the economic class, poor people go barefooted, even today. Poor people especially in the rural areas or in the remote mountains, some have no footwear.


  35. tes soriano May 27, 2012 10:28 am Reply

    great pictures of the past something to be treasured… very vintage the cars are so fantastic….priceless..thanks for the info…

  36. bernie February 6, 2013 10:41 am Reply

    my daughter is looking for images during the Japanese occupation. Will you try to help us out?

  37. Ariel December 19, 2013 3:59 am Reply

    Nice pics collection..back in time…. thanks for giving us a chance to see Old Manila through times….

Leave a Reply