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Pap: Finance Building Ruins – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

Here is yet another piece of Filipino architecture ravaged by war.  It is truly sad and unbelievable to see just how  much culture, art and history that the city of Manila lost during World War II. I had a little bit of difficulty researching this building and trying to figure out whether it was the Finance… Continue reading Pap: Finance Building Ruins – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

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Pap: Legislative Building Ruins – Ermita, Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

I'm not sure who this serviceman and woman are, but they are posed in front of the ruins of the Legislative Building located on Padre Burgos Avenue in Ermita, which is considered the financial, cultural and commercial district of Manila.  This view looks north-northwest down Taft Avenue.   If this shot were wider, we would be able… Continue reading Pap: Legislative Building Ruins – Ermita, Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

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Pap: San Agustin Church and Convent – Intramuros, Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

My pap only drank alcohol once during his time in Manila.  That was after a Christmas Eve mass at a Catholic church.  Remember Red, the head cook from a few pictures ago?  Well, Red served pap a nice cocktail of grapefruit juice and gin.  His friends had to carry him, drunk, back to his bunk.… Continue reading Pap: San Agustin Church and Convent – Intramuros, Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

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Pap: University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

The University of Santo Tomas was orginally located within the walled Intramuros district of Manila before the current campus with main building pictured here was built in the Sampaloc district in 1927. During World War II, the Japanese occupied Manila and converted UST into an internment camp for enemy aliens living in the Philippines, mainly Americans,… Continue reading Pap: University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

American History, My Genealogy, Photo

Pap: University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947

The building in this photograph is the main building at the University of Santo Tomas. Thanks to funding and  a donation of his personal library from Bishop Miguel de Benavides, O.P. in 1605, UST was originally established as a seminary-college for aspiring priests, but it eventually grew into a full-fledged university offering academic degrees and… Continue reading Pap: University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines c. 1946/1947