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    17 Photos That Show How Different Manila Was Then Vs. Now

    This is what change looks like.

    1. This is what EDSA, a.k.a. the bane of our existence, looked like in the 80's and early 90's.

    2. In the 50's, EDSA was called Highway 54, because of the misconception that the road was 54 km long (but we all know it sure feels like a thousand).

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    Later on, it was renamed after the Rizaleño and scholar Epifanio de los Santos y Cristóbal.

    And this is what EDSA looks like now.

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    3. This is what Manila City Hall looked like in the 1900's to the 1930's before it became...

    The coffin shaped building it is now.

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    4. Here's an aerial view of Luneta in the 60's.

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    Free of photobombers and unwanted buildings.

    This is Luneta now.

    5. Roxas Boulevard in 1945, then known as Dewey Boulevard.

    And this is Roxas Boulevard now.

    6. In the 1900's, the busy streets of Binondo looked like this.

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    On the left side is the Pansiteria De Macanista Y Buen Gusto, a restaurant mentioned in Jose Rizal's El Filibusterismo.

    7. Here it is now.

    Escolta was a central business district in the 19th century.

    The street was lined with businesses by immigrant merchants from China, Europe, and Latin America.


    It flourished until the 1960's, when the center of business shifted in Makati. Here's Escolta now.

    9. There was a time Filipinos were able to wash clothes in the Pasig River.

    Now, you can't even wash away your sins in here.

    10. This is what Taft Avenue looked like after the war.

    And here's what it looks like now. Sometimes. When it rains.

    11. Believe it or not, this was Aurora Boulevard cor. Yale, Cubao in 1978

    Well, here it is now.

    12. Here's a photo of a traffic-free Quezon Boulevard in the late 1900's.

    And here's a photo of it now, just to keep it real.

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    And to remind you that we can't have nice things.

    13. Ayala Avenue at Christmas time in the 1960's with very light traffic.

    Here what it looks like now with tolerable flow of traffic (since we've lowered our standards when it comes to these things).

    14. This is what Rizal Avenue used to look like in the 1900. It was called Avenida back then.

    This is Rizal Avenue now.

    15. If you're wondering what Jones Bridge looked like before it was rebuilt in 1945, here you go.

    16. And this is what the present design looks like.

    17. And in the 70's, the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Tandang Sora looked like what today's provinces look like.

    And now it's as urbanized as ever.

    So, when do you want to live?

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