Pap: San Vicente de Paul Parish – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

Thomas Alexander Piotrowski, Sr._1946-47_Manila, Philippines_17After conducting some online research and reaching out to my friend John Tewell, I believe that the  church in the background of this picture is San Vicente de Paul Parish, a Vincentian and Roman Catholic Church located along San Marcelino Street in Ermita, Manila.  (Remember: Ermita is the major business, commercial and cultural center of the city Manila and the greater Metro Manila region).

San Vicente de Paul Parish was originally built as a chapel in 1883.  Almost 30 years later, in 1912, a concrete church was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Vincentians and the Sisters of Charity in the Philippines.

Like many other buildings in Manila, San Vicente de Paul Parish has been the location of tragic historical events.  The church was almost razed during World War II and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.  In February 1945, the Japanese burned the interior of the church when America entered the Philippines.  Japanese soldiers occupied the church for almost seven months and also massacred scholars, professors and Vincentian Fathers who were living there.

After the war, the church was repaired.  In 2010, it underwent extensive interior and exterior renovations.

San Vicente de Paul Parish was located behind the Jai Alai Building, which was along Taft Avenue, and right next to Adamson University.  The L-shaped building to the left of the church is part of the university.

This photo was taken from the rooftop of the Jai Alai Building looking east-northeast.

As always, readers, please let me know if you have any additional information about this picture or if I’ve stated anything incorrectly!


Fall Catch-Up

Hello dear readers! It has been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but I  just wanted  to catch up.   I hope to be returning to posting my photos and updating my site on a more continual basis.

Beginning tomorrow I plan to post my family photos on a weekly basis as that wil give me more time for reseaching the history contained in them.  I still have a ton of photos from my grandfather to go through, so those should keep me supplied with posts for a long time! As always, please feel free to comment on these photos, especially with additional information or corrections.  Your input is much appreciated!

It has been a pretty crazy summer and beginning of fall, but I hope to get back to a variety of projects I have in the works.  Stay tuned!