Philippine / USA History: Stories and Photos from the American Era.
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Dear Readers interested in Philippine History. This site focuses on the American Colonial Era (1898 Spanish-American War to 1946 Independence). Most material relates to the interwar period between the end of WW1 and the beginning of WW2 (1920-1941). From readings and photos readers will feel what life in the Philippines was like in what is widely recognized as an idyllically happy and peaceful time. This ended dramatically in December 1941 with Japans attack and invasion.

We look at Manila today and say “Ugly”,Chaotic,”Noisy”. Then we see photos of the past and think “Pretty”, Peaceful, Romantic”. We might wonder. Who took that photo? Why? Who are the people in the photo? Where was that man crossing the Jones Bridge going? Was he on his way to the National City Bank of New York and then to meet friends at Plaza Lunch? The people? Now all dead, the cars, buses, trams all part of history of another era. Most of the buildings gone. We imagine a Golden Era when life was simpler. Was it? The reader will decide.

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Old Manila: The Plaza Lunch Plaza Goite, Escolta – ( Fred Harden Proprietor)

October 3, 2020

The Plaza Lunch was one of a small number of popular pre-WW2 eating places. Location was Plaza Goiti, the bustling transportation hub of Manila. Electric street cars (Travias) met there coming from north and south. Commuters wanting a quick snack or refreshment dropped into the conveniently located American style counter lunch and soda fountain..…

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