1) Jones Bridge, the road going to Binondo in the background; yup, good 'ole Savory wasn't captured in the shot. Those cars on the right must be of clients; 2) Escolta, Manila's old CBD; shot taken from the Sta. Cruz Church side; 3) Escolta again; guy in center has a watchchain? Cool; 4) View of the Pasig River, apparently from Ayala? Bridge, the bridge leading to Quiapo Church; 5) Dewey (now Roxas) Boulevard leading to the North Harbor area.
1) Sta. Cruz Church, the entrance to Ongpin st. in Chinatown in the background; 2) Rizal Avenue, another pre-mall commercial center, shot taken from the Carriedo side; Old-school theater row (Ideal, State, etc); 3) Ayala Avenue, Makati, shot taken from the Buendia side; 4) Fort Santiago?
There's a FaceBook group called "Old Manila" if you guys are interested. The person running it has LOTS of vintage Manila pics.
The Makati shot is so familiar but I can't quite place it. Is it Ayala Ave taken from the area of Makati Medical? Is the tall building on the far left side the Insular Life building? Is that building in the middle where the light posts seem to lead to, Manila Penn Hotel?
I noticed the cleanliness too. It's still relatively crowded yet the streets and sidewalks are clean. Nice.
My mom worked in a bank on Ayala avenue and that's pretty much how I remember it from when I was a kid in the 70s. I remember my Dad would pick us up from school then head over to Ayala to pick up my mom...