Retrato: Filipinas Photo Collection
It looks like that picture was taken from the bell tower of Santa Cruz church. That picture looks down Escolta. If you turn to your right, you will see the...
The battle for Manila was the first and fiercest urban fighting in the entire Pacific War, from the time MacArthur started his leapfrogging campaign from New Guinea in 1942, leading to the invasion of Japan in 1945. Few battles in the closing months of World War II exceeded the destruction and the brutality of the massacres and savagery of the fighting in Manila.
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Spanish colonial soldiers in Cuba & the Philippines wear the "Rayadillo" tropical uniform. The photo shows the "Los Últimos de Filipinas", the survivors of the last Spanish Garrison in the Philippines in Baler, Tayabas (now Quezon). It held out for 11 months before surrendering, beyond the cessation of hostilities between Spain & US and during the Philippine-American War. Then Philippine President Emilio Aguinaldo decreed that the survivors be treated "Not as prisoners of war but as…
President Ramon Magsaysay was known as the "man of the masses" and was very popular among the Filipino people. During World War II, he survived the Fall of Bataan and fought as a guerrilla leader in Western Luzon.