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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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Manila Falls to the Imperial Japanese Army – January 1942

July 12, 2021

Source: The American Historical Collection – Bulletin 2009 An article included in the 2009 American Historical Bulletin (by Mr. Saul Hofileña) gives an excellent summary of events in the Philippines at the start of WW2. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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