Blast From the Past: Remember how these locations looked before?

For our last trip down memory lane, we wanted to feel the full extent of nostalgia. We’ve already looked back at the kinds of cars that were used back in the day, and the long & clear roads they drove on. Now we’ve tracked down photos of familiar locations around Metro Manila, some of which may or may not be as recognizable today.

Join The Good Life once again as we dive down back into the past and look through vintage photos of popular Manila locations. Fair warning though, not that you need it, but you’ll still be amazed these are what familiar places looked in in a time way back when.

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We wanted to start off our list with a couple more roads that we missed in our previous throwback piece. These include two photos of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (or EDSA), relatively free of heavy traffic. One shows the intersection at Ortigas Avenue, absent of all the flyovers, and the crossing of North and West Avenue – with the absence of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) making a big difference.

The other photo is one we assume was taken atop Manila City Hall, by the fork of Padre Burgos and Taft Avenue. Where the arc in the middle is standing is currently where you will find the Lagusnilad underpass. You can just make out Manila Bay at the top of the photo, and if you moved the camera to the right you will find Intramuros (where Manila Bulletin is!)

Speaking of Manila Bay, there was really a time when people could actually wade into the clean and garbage-free water without any fear of getting sick or contaminated. The photo above is of Breakwaters located behind the CPP Complex, taken in 1977. As you can see a lot of people would wade in the water to beat the hot sun.

This more recent photo of the Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard, around the 1990s, shows that the area was still well-maintained and children could still splash around in the water. It really makes you wonder how much difference twenty years can make, doesn’t it?

Makati has always been the business district of Metro Manila, with so many headquarters of companies and corporations found across the many buildings and skyscrapers. Amidst all those tall buildings, one venue has stood the test of the time – in fact it’s been there since the early ’70s!

That’s right, Rustan’s Makati has been around longer than you think. It would be around twenty years before Greenbelt and Glorietta would pop up near Rustan’s, and over the years it still stands strong despite heavy competition in the area. Talk about commitment and endurance.

This is probably the most unbelievable photo we’ve unearthed. This is what the Araneta Center in Cubao looked like in the early ’60s, with The Big Dome itself the Araneta Coliseum standing in the middle (and still stands today!) That means the road across the main entrance is EDSA, again free of traffic.

Over the years the likes of Farmers Plaza, Gateway Mall, and Ali Mall will pop up in the Araneta Center, EDSA will be full of cars and buses, which will prompt the construction of the MRT line. We still can’t believe how much has changed!

Do you remember when cars were allowed inside Luneta Park? And we don’t just mean in the middle where Maria Orosa St. cuts through, we mean around the Teodoro Valencia Circle where you can find the National Museum. As you may recall bus fares were only 10 centavos during 1960 (when the photo was taken), and the park was less strict about vehicles in the area.

Today in the middle of the Teodoro Valencia Circle, where joggers run around it instead of cars and buses, you’ll find a statue of Lapu-Lapu or the Sentinel of Freedom as replaced the fountain. Though the years have passed, Luneta Park is still the fresh green area where you can relax and enjoy nature with your loved ones.

We hope this last throwback piece full of vintage photos flushed you with immense nostalgia, because it filled us more with surprise and awe. Hopefully we’ll find some more old pictures, but until then we will settle with these photos, and the images in our memories.

Photos from Philippine History and Architecture Facebook Page.

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