After 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!
4 thoughts on “Pap: San Vicente de Paul Parish – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947”
This was designed by the Filipino architect Andres Luna de San Pedro, son of the great Filipino painter Juan Luna. He served as the architect of the City of Manila from 1920 to 1924.
Hi Cesar! Thanks for the info! I need to get back to posting more of these pictures from Manila. Any additional history or info you can contribution is must appreciate it!