09/28/12

The residences of New Manila

During the American colonial period in the Philippines, particularly during the 1920’s-1930’s, the country’s capital city Manila was experiencing unprecedented progress and commercial expansion. Along with it came the creeping problems brought about by such progress, though back then, they were as grave as they are today.

New Manila

Quezon City’s New Manila district roughly encompasses the barangays of Mariana, Valencia, Damayang Lagi, Kristong Hari, Kalusugan, and portion of Kaunlaran, the residential enclave centered in the barangays of Mariana (where most of the houses featured here are located) and Valencia

For Manila’s upper and middle class families, these changes brought out much stress that they consider moving to Manila’s outskirts or suburbs instead. This was not left unnoticed by the property developers of the time as they scrambled to develop what was then a vast wilderness found a few kilometers outside the city limits.

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