51 Old Colorized Photos Reveal The Fascinating Filipino Life Between 1900 – 1960

When we think about the late 19th century or early 20th century, we often imagine people who rarely smile and lived through a “black-and-white” era far more boring than ours. This is partly because old photographs lack the visual element that is now ubiquitous in our generation–color.

Thankfully, the sudden unprecedented growth in social media usage also paved the way for a ‘new breed’ of historical photographs. With the help of modern tools such as Photoshop, one can easily give life to old portraits and make them more visually appealing to Filipino netizens with limited attention span.

Colorized photographs provide us with a portal to our past, an incredible view of our ancestors’ daily life as if they’re just arm’s length away. After all, that is exactly the purpose of old photos: To tell stories, satisfy our curiosity and make history come alive.

 

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Table of Contents


1. Quiapo, Manila (1949)

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Photograph by Jack Birns. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

2. A classroom in the Philippines (1945)

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Photograph by Carl Mydans. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

3. Quiapo, Manila (1949)

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Photo from “Pearl of the Orient: Discover Old Philippines” and colorized by Mr. Homer Fernandez.

4. University of the Philippines-Manila (1949)

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Photograph from John Tewell. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

5. “Bayanihan” (1945)

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Photograph from Carl Mydans/LIFE Photo Collection. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

6. Filipino boy with pet dog (1949)

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Photograph by Jack Birns. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

7. Manila Cathedral (1908)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

8. Calesas in Cebu (circa 1940s)

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LIFE Photos. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

9. “Helping Mama Iron the Clothes the Old Filipino Way, Island of Luzon, Philippines (early 20th Century)

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Photograph from Keystone View Company/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

10. Old Quiapo Church (late 19th century)

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Photo from Keystone-Mast Collection/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

11. Two young Filipinos enjoying music from a portable RCA Victor 78 RPM phonograph player (circa 1940s)

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Photo from “Pearl of the Orient: Discover Old Philippines” and colorized by Ian-James R. Andres.

12. Students of the Philippine Normal School (1914)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

13. Americans meet Filipina girls at J.P. Rizal Avenue (circa 1940s)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

14. A carabao milk peddler in Manila (early 1900s)

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Photo from U.S. Library of Congress and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

15. “Busy traffic with cars, carriages, and street car in Manila” (circa 1930s)

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Photo from University of Wisconsin/”Pearl of the Orient: Discover Old Philippines” and colorized by Ian-James R. Andres.

16. Whiskey for Sale (circa 1940s)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

17. A horse-drawn tranvia in Escolta (1910)

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Photograph from Keystone-Mast Collection. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

18. A scene in a Manila marketplace (1954)

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Photo from “Pearl of the Orient: Discover Old Philippines.”

19. Young survivors of WWII in Manila (1945)

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Photograph by Carl Mydans. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

20. Filipino women hulling rice for breakfast (1905)

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Photo from Keystone View Company/”Pearl of the Orient: Discover Old Philippines” and colorized by Ian-James R. Andres.

21. A typical Filipino “sari-sari” store (circa 1940s or 1950s)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

22. Vehicles in Manila (1949)

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Photograph by Jack Birns. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

23. “A Trio of Tagalog Girls on the Street, Ermita, Manila” (early 20th century)

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Photo from Underwood & Underwood/John Tewell. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

24. Americans, Chinese, and Filipinos in the Philippines (circa 1900s)

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Photo from University of Michigan Library/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

25. Manila schoolgirls in native dress (early 20th century)

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Photo from H. C. White Company/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

26. A street in Manila (circa 1940s)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

27. Rizal Monument (1946)

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Photograph by Jack Birns/Life Magazine. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

28. Boating in the Philippines (circa 1920s)

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Photograph from John Tewell. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

29. Preparation for a cockfight (1904)

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Photo from Kerncollectie Fotografie Collections /”Pearl of the Orient: Discover Old Philippines” and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

30. Pre-war Filipino movie stars (circa 1930s)

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Photo from “Pearl of the Orient: Discover Old Philippines” and colorized by Ian-James R. Andres.

31. Manila Post Office (circa 1950s)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

32. A blind Filipino street musician in Manila (early 20th century)

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Photo from Underwood & Underwood/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

33. Manila billboards and jeepneys (1950s)

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Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

34. “Canlubang Club Party – Phillippines” (1941)

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Photo from Carl Mydans/LIFE Magazine. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

35. Filipino boys watching a war artist sketch in the field (circa 1900s)

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Photo from Keystone-Mast Collection and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

36. An old Spanish church at Cavite (1929)

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Photograph from C. H. Graves Company. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

37. Alemar’s (1949)

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Photograph by Jack Birns. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

38. “Spreading Hemp To Dry, Manila Hemp Industry, Philippines.” (early 20th century)

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Photo from Keystone View Company/John Tewell. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

39. Manila jeepneys (circa 1940s)

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Photograph from LIFE Magazine. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

40. “On The Way To A Filipino Christening” (circa 1900 – 1902)

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Photo from University of Michigan Library/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

41. A maiden of Pandacan, Manila (1929)

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Photograph from C.H.Graves Company/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

42. Philippine market (1930s)

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Photograph from John Tewell. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

43. Native method of propelling canal boats on Escolta Canal, Manila (early 1900s)

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Photo from Keystone-Mast Collection and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

44. Filipino folk dancers (1930s)

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Photograph from University of Southern California/John Tewell. Colorized by Homer Fernandez.

45. Filipino washerwomen in Manila (circa 1890s – 1900s)

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Photo from Keystone-Mast Collection/John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

46. A captured dugong in Zamboanga (1933)

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Photograph from American Geographical Society Library. Colorized by Perlas ng Silangan.

47. “Indias dela Provincia dela Pampanga” (circa late 19th century to early 20th century)

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Photograph from Biblioteca Nacional de España. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

48. “Fish Trap, Philippines” (1929)

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Photograph from Keystone View Company. Colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

49. Crowd in a Manila marketplace (1901)

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Photo from University of Chicago Library, Special Collections and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

50. Children in a Manila marketplace (1901)

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Photo from University of Chicago Library and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

51. “A neighborly talk, a nipa house is under construction behind them, in the outskirts of Manila, Philippines” (early 20th century)

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Photograph from Underwood & Underwood /John Tewell and colorized by E.S. Sison of “Kinulayang Kasaysayan.”

 

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