Below is a video uploaded by The Travel Film Archive in YouTube. It features a splendid prewar Manila (during the 1930s) in all its Castilian glory. And it’s ironic to note that Manila, as well as many parts of the Philippines, remained “Castilian” (or to be more appropriate, “Filhispanic”) despite the American interlude.
A few years later, Manila will be wiped out by bloodthirsty Japs and Yankees. The Pearl of the Orient was the second most devastated city after Warsaw, Poland in Europe.
The video was created by American William M. Pizor.