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

51 thoughts on “Old Manila Photos

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ?

  7. 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.

  8. 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 …

  9. 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

  10. @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.

  11. @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.

  12. 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! 🙂

  13. 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.

  14. 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…..

  15. 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!!!

    1. 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.

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

  17. Capital city was established in 1571 by Spanish governor Miguel Lopez de Legazpi during the 15th century became the capital of the Philippines in Southeast Asia history from ancient times to the 21st century & becomes the largest cities in the world compares to New York Paris Berlin Tokyo Beijing & others well renowned metropolis in world history. Thanks for the information. From:Wayne

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