Manila in the 1800s


My friend Diego and I always take time to discuss history whenever we meet and one of our favourite moments in our local past is the Spanish era wherein lots of things happened in the Philippines, mostly bad (these friars and Spanish officials literally enslaved our people) though there are some good things that happened (the slavery awakened the nationalist spirit of the people and declared the 1896 revolution: the first revolution against Western colonizers in Asia). In this picture, Diego drew the landscape of Manila in 1890s and I provided the colours. It’s a flat land and one can easily see the Intramuros through the waters of Manila Bay.


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