Past vs Present: Manila landmarks then and now photos

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED June 23, 2017 04:25 pm | UPDATED June 24, 2018 08:37 am
Photos from (top) Wikipedia, Philippine Weddings, Faq.Ph, and Iligan Lodge (bottom) FilipiKnow and Malacañang Palace

(Inside Manila) Manila has long been standing as the capital of the Philippines. Every 24th of June the city of Manila celebrates its founding anniversary better known as "Manila Day". Alongside the celebration is the feast of Saint John the Baptist.

Going back, Manila has been a stage to a tremendous amount of change. Fortunately, some old photos have been resurfacing bearing the dramatic change Manila has gone through over the years. Here are some of them presenting Manila's famous landmarks then and now. 


Escolta is located in the old downtown district of Binondo. It’s also one the oldest streets in Manila today. Before the street was once the financial district of the city. Though still today few banks reside around the area.

Photos from Wikipedia and Logoupal

Quiapo Church

Saint John the Baptist Parish commonly known as Quiapo is a shrine to most famous image of Jesus Christ in the country, the Black Nazarene. Many claim the image is miraculous and has established devotees throughout the country.

Photo from FilipiKnow

Rizal Monument

The memorial built for National Hero Jose Rizal is located at Rizal Park in Metro Manila. It depicts the remarkable contributions of the National Hero to the country. Before civilians can come near the monument but today, visitors can come only near the perimeter being guarded by the Philippine Marines.

Photos from Faq.Ph and Iligan Lodge

Binondo Church

Binondo Church is one of the oldest churches in the country, established by the Dominican priests in 1596 before the church aims to convert Chinese and Filipino natives to Roman Catholicism.

Photos from Place Advice and Flickr/J.Tewell

Malacañang Palace

Malacañang is the official residence and workplace of the President of the Philippines. Today, in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, he renamed Malacañang as "People's Palace"

Photos from Malacañang Palace

Manila Cathedral

The Manila Cathedral is originally the "church of Manila" established in 1571 by secular priests. Today, the cathedral serves as the Episcopal See or houses ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Manila.

Photos from Wikipedia and Philippine Weddings



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