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This collection of videos includes history footage and photographs. I hope this educates and inspires you as you work on your genealogy projects.  Click on image to view the video.

  “Aguinaldo’s Navy” American Mutoscope and Biograph (1900) was filmed by Raymond Ackerman, an American military photographer and videographer who captured life in the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century. This clip, which does not have audio, was filmed along Pasig River and shows off boats busily running the length of the river. (0:41)
  “The Escolta, Manila” American Mutoscope and Biograph (1903) was filmed by the Renovare Company for the film archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences. This clip, which does not have audio, captures the busy street of Escolta (the on-screen title was misspelled) at the turn of the century with its small horse-drawn carriages (kalesas) and larger public conveyance. (0:46)
  “Castilian Memoirs, Manila” (1930s) by Deane H. Dickason is a travelogue of the city of Manila. The commentary discusses Intramuros, Hospicio de San Jose, Escolta, the tobacco industry, Bilibid Prison, and Tondo.
  “Manila, Queen of the Pacific” (1938) was narrated by Paul Devlin.  This glimpse into pre-war Manila speaks of the contrast between the developments ushered by the American and Spanish colonialists. (10:53)
  “Old Manila” (1940s) is a montage of random sceneries around Manila before World War II.  Many of the structures have since been destroyed by war and neglect.  In the background are popular songs of that decade, “Maybe” (1940) by the Ink Spots , “Together” (1944) by Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” (1943) by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
  “First Pictures, Manila Drive” (January 1945) by Ed Erlihy shows MacArthur’s amphibious forces landing on Luzon.
  “Yanks Close in on Manila” (February 1945) by Ed Erlihy shows how the American forces liberated San Fabian and Dagupan.
  “Manila Conquest!” (February 1945) by Ed Erlihy shows vivid images from the final stages of General MacArthur campaign to liberate Luzon, more dramatically, the city of Manila.
  “Manila Free of Japanese Domination” (1945) by Ed Erlihy is a visual recounting of the Battle of Manila with images of the widescale destruction of infrastructure, including the Rizal Stadium, the Manila City Hall, manufacturing plants along the Pasig River, the Post Office building.
“Los Ultimos de Filipinas” (1945) is a Spanish biographical war film directed by Antonio Román. “The Last Ones of the Philippines”, in English, this film tells the tale of the Spanish soldiers who fought in the Siege of Baler against the supporters of independence and against the US Army. This moment in history is referred to as “The Disaster of ’98” in Spain. While predominantly in Spanish, lines for Filipino were in Tagalog. (1:28:21)
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