Then and Now: Uychaco Building – give this an award!

The Philippines has plenty of historical buildings still standing today.  To me, this particular building really stands out as it is one of the few that has survived the test of time and war.  I am going to make the photos speak for themselves.

Uychaco Building -- Circa 1910-1920

The Uychaco building (red arrow) was built in 1881, at Plaza Moraga in the financial district of Binondo, Manila.  The photo above was probably taken between 1910-1920 as you can see a few Ford Model T’s mixed in with kalesas on the street.

The Uychaco Building -- Circa 1941 (2 weeks before Pearl Harbor)

Seen here just two weeks before the outbreak of WWII.  Notice that Manila was right-hand drive back then.

The Uychaco Building -- Circa 1945 (WWII aftermath)

Shown here, war-torn but still standing, next to the Insular Life Building around 1945.

The Uychaco Building -- Circa 1968

Rebuilt and photographed here in the now busy streets in 1968.

The Uychaco Building -- Today

The Uychaco building still proudly stands today, gracing the entrance to Manila’s Chinatown.  I hope that people in power realize that preserving national treasures such as this should be on the list of top priorities.  It has survived through the years and we should make sure our children’s children will enjoy this irreplacable historical landmark.

Sabitan na ng medalya ito!

P.S. It is not clear whether it has always been called the Uychaco Building.  If you have any information, please leave a comment below.

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  • I saw this The Uychaco Building as Uy Chaco Building here athttp://img99.imageshack.us/img99/8418/d71aw.jpg and at http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=324626&page=12 location is Uy Chaco Building at the corner of Plaza Cervantes and Calle Rosario (now Quintin Paredes Street). A certain Pinoy from Hawaii even said: “I hope the UyChaco Bldg. can be restored to its former glory someday “

  • tatag ng building na yan ah, madami na siyang taong dinaanan pero andiyan pa rin. dapat ipreserve talaga nila yan. very historical building.

  • gil m. banares

    the National Historical Commission must look into this …thanks this is very informative & educational

  • jennette julian lozano

    nice documentation, saludo ako sa mga taong may magandang mata sa mga dapat pahalagahan at ma recognize. wow talaga ang building na yan. at ang galing mo dahil napansin mo. gusto ko cia ma tagged sa PROFILE ko pwede ba?

  • jerrex de leon

    kitang kita kung gano na katanda yung building pero ang nakaka bilib hanggang ngayon nakatayo pa rin sya…
    dapat mapansin ng gonyerno natin yan at bigyan ng importansya.. para mapangalagaan..

    salamat din po sa pag gawa ng blog na to.. maipapakita ko sa mga kaibigan ko, siguradong bibilib din sila..

    pwede po bang i re post to?

  • Lyn

    Very impressive, compared to the buildings today. This should be preserved for our future generation….

  • rowena

    di lang ito ang mga building na matagal ng taga sa panahon,na di ganu pihahalagahan ng gobyerno,isip kasi ng iba baduy daw,sabi ko nga kung baduy ang maging pinoy sana wala ng katulad nila…kulturang di atin ay minamahal,asa pa tayo na may tunay pang pinoy sa isip at dugo,nakakalungkot wala na ang tamang respeto ng mga nagsusulputang kabataan,,wala na ang konserbatibong mga kaugalian,sana may matira pa palala na ang maling pagbabalita,maling impormasyon,buhay natin ang taya ingatan naman natin ginugulo nila utak ng pinoy para makuha ng hindi halata ang bansa natin…mag isip ang iba kung pinoy kayo panindigan nyo

  • To the Author of this blog..thank you for the info and hoping that you will give us more, this is our NATIONAL TREASURE and i hope our present Government will look into this…ang galing mo kabayan SALUDO AKO SA EFFORT MO.

  • Keep going with the good work you’re doing. For a race to survive, it must know it’s roots and live out the positive values of its roots…. there are more to be preserved in the Philippines. Try visiting Bohol especially staying in Loboc for at least 10 days from Dec 25 to January 2 and check on it’s 400-year-old huge stone churches and socio-eco-cultural legacies… and you’ll appreciate what I mean!…

  • Christian Maristela

    Still standing tall and proud in the Binondo (tapat lang ng office ko). But the most impressive thing is, they still operate offering business to some offices.

    Bigyan ng halaga ang ganyan memorabilia, it is truly a landmark reminding us Filipinos how economically strong we were way back.

    Purihin ang arkitekto nyan, high grade construction aside from the fact na ilan na earthquake ang pumirma dyan pero hindi umubra.

    Philippines automobiles running under right hand drive? WOW, dito natin makikita kung gaano kabilis magbago ng panahon. In a snap, anything can change either for development and growth or a dying development .

    Binondo, madaming alaala dito na tunay na magpapatibay sa dangal at diwa ng Pilipino.

  • allan b. gonzales

    yah its one of the great treasure of our time. kailangan bigyang pansin at ipagmalaki, the problem now is kasama ba sa mga priority ang mga historic landmarks?

    napakayaman ng Pilipinas sa lahat ng aspeto pero kinakain ng maling paniniwala dahil sa kanya kanyang sistema ng korupsyon..

    sana naman magising na tayo para may maabutan pa ang mga susunod n henerasyon…

  • ohh i hardly notice this. halos araw-araw nadadaanan ko ito especially when we ate at yin ying. ganito na pala katagal ng building na yan. ang galing

  • ericson ren

    nakakatuwa…para akong nakapunta noong unang panahon….

  • kel

    dinadaanan ko lang yan nun dyan pa kami nkatira sa ongpin…d ko pansin yan tower…pero wow…1900’s pa sya halos WW1 plang…

  • damsel

    i hope the author will post more pics of the old Philippines… it was so peaceful at beautiful back then.. (sigh) :)

  • Wow this historical building stand still in a long time….
    Pnoy should see this building….

  • i agree, we have to preserve this beautiful landmarks for the next next and next generation. dito rin sa aming lugar marami ring mga building na itinayo noon pang 18th century an duntil now andito paring nakatayo, The Carrey building

  • glen

    i just want to ask where exactly is this location ???

  • Franklin

    wow captivating, I can’t believe Philippines with all glory and splendor.
    I hope I was living on those days. I think prices were cheap and all Filipinos were living decently.
    No shanties, no pollution, no traffic, he he he, paradise

  • oweng

    wow, the transition of time was clearly shown here, especially for the vehicles. This is great stuff, I’ve never imagined that Philippines kinda look nice way back 1960s. :D

  • elias

    galing mo naman!!!! halos dumadaan ako dyan araw araw pro di ko pansin na may ganun palang kwento yung building na yun nasa intramuros lng work ko

  • astig to boy…pupunta nga ako mamaya titignan ko!

  • please let us create awareness on such historical landmark. dont let this edifice suffer the fate of some famous landmark such as the metropolitan theater and the jai alai bldg.
    in bahrain where i used to work, there was a request then by catholic community to the bahrainI govt for them to renovate and expand the existing church. it was denied. the govt tell them to look for any place where you can build a bigger and better church. dont touch it coz they are preserving the existing catholic church because of cultural heritage…being the first catholic church erected at the state of BAHRAIN.

  • Nice archives Ben, i love the old photos especially first one with kalesas :D

  • hudz

    wow ang galing ilang dekada na ang nakakalipas naka tayo padin ang building na abutan pa nya ang p[alpak na pag reskonde sa hostage taking hahahaha….

  • i always love history especially when history features distinctive marks in our country.

    thank you to this blog. we should know who was the building’s contractor, too.

  • We have more to see in our country all of which are uniquely ours.If we have time let’s visit them, not necessarily to some other place in our country if we cannot afford. Just around the corner, we have lots of this historical place. I,m proud to be pinoy, more so that we have a President like P-NOY!

  • Julian

    1941 pa lang traffic na!

  • Bembi Senora Marinas

    HIgh School pa ako napansin ko na yan kasi madalas kaming kumain dyan sa malapit Savory Restaurant. now i’m 54 yrs old still, memorable sa akin yan lugar na yan and yet the building still nakatayo pa rin yan.

  • Astig tlg ang PILIPINAS mabuhay ang PILIPINAS…………..Love u Philippines

  • marie fevi

    Uychaco Bldg in Plaza Cervantes corner Quintin Paredes St. in Binondo were owned by Mariano Uychaco & Sons. They occupied the whole ground floor for their business- electrical and construction supplies. This place was very memorable for me. This is where we held office(2/f) in 1976, my first job.. That time Binondo was the business center (Ayala today) esp. in State Investment House (PSE and MSE now) in Juan Luna St. where big business man invest heavily in stocks. Escolta and Avenida (Rizal Ave.) was the shopping center. Good Earth Emporium was the first big mall…(flashback!!) Two thumbs up!!

  • biboy ablora

    uychaco pala ang ngalan ng building na yan… ang tanging tahimik na saksi sa makasaysayang tagpo sa BINONDO… mula noon hangang ngayon…

  • Wow! Iyan ang magaling.. Thru the test of time talaga.

    Pero the design changed, diba? It’s no longer the same when it was still in the 1900’s. Pero the form was still there..

  • I wonder if my friend feng shui artist par excellance LIZANNE UYCHACO and her family own this building. Great historical feature. Save the building indeed!

  • Nonoy Trono

    This reminds me of the old Philipines. Napakasagana ng buhay noong 60’s. Ginagalang ang Pilipinas ng ibang bansa. Ang Sec Gen ng UN was a Filipino- Si Sec Carlos P Romulo. Ang ating PhilCag (Civic action group) nagserve sa medical & engineering needs ng mga Vietnamese. Maaaring dito nakita ng Americans ang kabutihan ng Filipino kaya maraming hinire na doctors and Nurses at nag umpisa ang “Brain Drain”. so counting back the years from 60’s to 2010 mayroon na tayong about 50 years sa pagiging OFW. Ang housing project ng government tulad ng PHHC may lot size na di bumababa sa 300 sqm. Ang pagkain ay more fresh- gatas ng kalabaw, fresh fruits, fresh gulay atbp. Ang water di binibili. Ang school system effective. Di lang nagkaroon ng knowledge kundi ang ugali ng tao ay narefined. May respeto kasi sa mga matatanda at teachers at publice servants.

    Maria Clara ang Filipina. Maaring masabing baduy but i think this is the best in a woman. Ang kagandahan lang sa ating mga Pilipino – tayo’y God-fearing at family oriented. Ilan lang ang mga ito sa aking naalala. Tinitiyak kong mahaba pa ang listahang ito. Napakaganda ng ating lahi kaya tayo pinagpapala. Maraming milagro ang tuloy tuloy na nagaganap sa Pilipinas pati na ang pagbabago ng ating pamahalaan ngayon. Pasalamatan natin ang Poong Maykapal. Mabuha ang Pilipinas!

  • Ah!!! sa may savory… wow madalas kami nadaan doon dati never thought that building is too historic, grabe ang ganda ng pictures!!! OMG pictures of our countries from years ago makes us feel happy i dont know why. maybe its the science fiction time travel dreams we’ve been making up, me i want to live in the past!!! huhuhh..
    http://www.prettysexypinays.blogspot.com

  • ariel

    Uychaco bldg was built 1881, 2010 na tayo ngayon 129 yrs old na ang building na yan, ang tanong ko safe pa kaya sa mga taong gumagamit o nakatira sa Uychaco bldg na yan? ni review kaya ng city engineers office ang boung structures kung stable pa ba sa haba na ng panahon?
    any way author goodwork…

  • Leo

    The first two pictures fascinate me. I love old pictures of the early 1900s and compare them to today. During that era, there was a worldwide boom in construction, and a lot of photos taken for posterity. What amazes me is that the first two photos are so similar to those taken here in Vancouver, BC, Canada: traffic flowed at the left side of the street.
    Yes, we need to preserve these heritage buildings. I only wish there was a historian here who can talk about the original name and reason for the design.

    • Fnoy

      Traffic flowed on the left because Pinoys are such losers that we were under British rule at that time.
      Any nation that attempts to overcome and rule us, wins!
      Who knows Bangladesh might want to invade us soon, they’ll win of course.

  • wow! ang tibay ng building n yan. anu kya brand ng cement n ginamit jan?

    • Lourdes E. Ojeda

      The Engineers then were not corrupt this is why this building lasted that long!

  • dpat lng n ipreserve ng gobyerno ang uychaco bldg 4 d future generation. im sure marami p historical bldgs d2 sa pinas peru d lng nppansin…v

  • malou llamzon

    ako…personally natutuwa ako na makakita ng mga ganitong klaseng pictures,mahilig kase ako sa mga old pictures yung tipong 1800’s ang dating…kahit na ipinanganak ako noong 1980 talagang hilig ko na ang mga old pics…lalo na yung mga historic places here in the philippines gustong gusto ko yun,especially old churches,feeling ko nabuhay ako ng mga panahon na yun ganun ang feeling ko talaga…sana lang bigyan ng pansin ng gobyerno yung mga historic buildings at places na napapabayaan na,bahagi ng kultura nating mga pinoy yan at sana maalagaan ng mabuti….

    • Jhun cruise

      Tulad mo rin ako na interesado sa mga historical events & evidence. Kaya’t natutuwa rin ako na malaman ang tungkol sa Uy chaco building. Sana na preserve din ung barkong sinakyan ni Magellan nung dumaong sya sa Pinas noong 1521 at ung itak na ginamit ni Lapu-lapu sa pag-utas sa kanya.. :-)

  • Danilo S. Monteagudo

    Ang galing! Kudos!

  • rudy de guzman

    It is good to note that there are a lot of Filipinos who value our historical landmarks. Since these are part of our heritage we must take good care of them. i suggest that NGOs solicit the help of private corporations as part of their CSR to aid the National Historical Institute take care of our old buildings. We owe a lot to our forefathers.

  • panu un?

  • lyn ingonado

    wow malapit sa savory yan , di lang kami tumitingala kaya d namin napansin, tnx na may mga tao pang nag abala para maipakita sa madlang pipol kng gaano ang talino at husay ng mga pinoy nuon,sana ngayon magising ang sambayanan na ang mga gagawin nilang structures at materials na gagamitin ay yung mahuhusay at matibay tulad ng ginamit sa uychaco bldg.still proud to be a filipino kc no choice talagang pinoy ako.

  • vyenne

    to the author… tank you for the wonderful info… tank you for your love to our country… its not common now adays knowing there are still people like you who give a damn about our country… after d Mendoza hostage drama that put our country in a bad picture for his own personal benifit only, i thought filipinos doesnt care anymore but you prove me wrong… we will all make other nation respect again the Philippines and d Filipinos, together with our newly appointed President Aquino…

  • Becky G. Constante

    Wow, I never realized that Uy Chaco Bldg is that old! I worked in that building in the 70’s for six years. Seeing the building once more, even only in pictures, brought back memories. Thanks to the author.

  • rolando n arevalo

    this is really fascinating! i take my hats off to the author for preserving this piece of info, tenx for the share and more power!

  • rocky

    if i am not mistaken, this building is undergoing renovation.
    it is occupied by philtrust bank. a year ago, a slab fell-off
    and the building is considered dangerous.
    if this building is now owned by Mr. Emilio Yap, he will definitely
    preserved this. take note of all his buildings in the area (manila)

  • baka naman pag pinakialaman ng gobyerno, lalo lang masira

  • Lorenzo Ma. Guerrero III (Peewee)

    Yes, that this building still stands is outstanding. Very few are still remaining, and without Gov’t intervention may soon all disappear. That would be the saddest part of all. I think websites like this help remind us how fragile the buildings and places of our past history are and why we should all fight for them!

  • Donato Ladera, jr.

    just want to thank this author for creating this page and preserving what is left (records, photogs etc) in our philippine history…hope that the new govt headed by our beloved pnoy preserve what is all maybe left in our history espcly buildings and structures…MABUHAY KA MR. AUTHOR AND CREATOR OF THIS PAGE.

  • ellen dela rosa

    While it is true that these building still stand since pre-world war II, I think its no longer meant for humankind use any longer, it is very dangerous! Because of the wear and tear of the materials used in the construction! Now adays I believe that condominiums have a life span of 50 years becoz we Filipinos are used to extensions, so building code extended for 75 years before the buildings should be condemmed. How much more of these buildings before the world war pah? Tama sabitan na lang ng medalya mga ito but these should be condemmed na! Think of the dangers to people who are using or those passing by the building! There might be debris falling from them! To P-NOY sir, I guess you should condemm all these building that are no longer for human use. :shock:

  • Arjhon

    Totally awesome… NICE WORK..

  • olay

    tama…….. sana nga magcing ang mga taong madla….!!!!!!

  • juliet gujol

    :shock: Very impressive….the photographer (or researcher) must be awarded! Great! The building…if only it could talk…imagine generations have passed and it still standing strong and bright! :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

  • tama. preserve dapat ang building na yan… dyan makikita ang tatag, tibay, husay ng pag kakagawa..
    di gaya ng mga proyekto ngayun ki no-corrupt na binabawasan pa… iba kc engineer noon wala pang alam sa corruption eh ngayun, escular na ng gobyerno kino-corrupt pa budget ng bayan dahilan sa proyekto ng mga politico…

  • sheena

    hala ang galing namn :)
    jejeejejeje hahahahha jejemon kung yan ang nangyari sa 2010 :music:

    • yeah… so old na tlga:))

  • i was so amazed when i saw the fotograph. i felt i travelled back in time. ang ganda ng manila noon. and the uy chaco building serves as a very remarkable landmark. ie. the silent witness of a changing time. Pres. PNoy, please preserve this edifice. :cry:

  • MA. LOURDES REYES

    ANG TIBAY NAMAN NG BUILDING NA YAN. CAN YOU IMAGINE 120 YEARS OLD NA YAN.. HANGGANG NGAYON NAKATAYO PA RIN. :-) MINSAN NGA PAGNAGPUNTA AKO SA STA CRUZ DADAAN KO YAN…

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  • Wow! Did not know the history of this building. Parati ko pa naman nakikita siya kapag punta ako Divisoria. Buti na lang hindi napag initan ni Ex Mayor Atienza ito!

  • nakakatuwa na makiata lahat ng building na yan, lalo nat iisipin n itoy inaalagaan ng maayos, pero mas maganda po yata na mas tignan natin ang mga prob ng ating bayan, lalo na as jueteng, dito sa tarlac ay still meron pa din, alam po nyo isa ako sa naglakad sa ayala ng 5 friday tapos naglakad din po ako sa fun run from cubao to edsa monument, sumama rin po ako sa isang motorcade, bakit ako sumama sa mga ito? isa rin po ako sa susporta sa rh bill, for i do biliv that our president has plan for a better country, kaya lang pls, erradcate jueteng in tarlac, plssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    • Jhun cruise

      Mas luma pa sa Uy chaco building ang problema sa huweteng at di pa uso ang presidente ay nadiyan na ang huweteng. Lakarin nyo man ang buong mundo mananatili pa rin ang huweteng bahagi na ng bisyong pilipino ang sugal. Mananaya ang siyang tunay na problema, kung walang mananaya walang maghu huweteng. Ang nakikita kong solusyon dyan ay gawing legal na lang ito na siyang bagong mapagkukunan ng buwis. Mawawala na rin ang mga huweteng payola at makikinabang ang mas nakararaming mamamayan dahil ang buwis na makukuha sa huweteng ay maaaring magamit sa ibang mga proyekto ng ating pamahalaan tulad ng mga tulay bagong mga kalsada etc..Kahit anong higpit ng isang bansa lulusot at lulusot pa rin ang bisyo ng mga Pinoy tulad dito sa Saudi. Kung nasaan man ang problema andoon din ang solusyon…

  • Joseph

    Delikado na po tlaga ang building na yan para sa mga nagwowork ngaun. Sana kung i-preserve man natin yan ay hindi na natin patitirahan ng mga tao huh!Alam nman nating lahat ng magaling ang Pilipino, at alam din ng buong mundo. Thanks to the reasercher and author!

  • Jhun cruise

    ok. :-*

  • Ariel de Guzman

    YEZ! That, my friend, is a more amazing landmark, than any I know in Manila downtown. Another one is the old El Hogar bldg nearby. Where Toyota started its operations when they introduced Toyopet. Unfortunately, Filipinos are not so kind about these things. Look what we did to an Architectural marvel like The old Jai-Alai bldg that was famous world-wide for the “Rotunda of the thousand sunsets” known as The Skyroom…designed by one of the most famous architects globally.
    I write about history and still couldnt find the location of Macarthur grandstand, where all American Governor Generals were inaugurated and where Gov. Forbes paraded his motorcar. The very first in Philippine history to arrive on our shores. The very first that was driven up to Baguio. IT’S GONE. We cant find where the glorious first bldg of the Manila Polo Club is. All we know is that it used to be along Naia rd and Roxas blvd. IT’S GONE. Ang di lumingon sa pinanggalingan, Pag nasubsob, basag ang ulo. No one even knows why we were called Philippines if we were named after a Spanish King whose name could not have been “Philip” but maybe “Felipe” or “Chong.”

  • leunam selaor

    dati ksi noon, pride s trbaho ang driving force ng mga gumgwa ng ganyang buildings; ngaun, mkatipid ang goal para may mauwi p silang pera s pamilya nila. ksi naiubos n s SOP ng mga tao s gobyerno ang budget!! more power s author!!!!

  • Patrick

    Nakakatuwa at nakakalungkot din ang mga larawang it. Naipakita na napag-iwanan na tayo ng mga karatig bansa. Magagaling tayong mga Pilipino, 00, ngunit hindi nagagamit ang ating galing sa pag-unlad ng ating bansa. Magaling tayong mag-Inggles, oo, at pinagtatawanan natin ang mga dayuhan na baku-bako ang Inggles. Pero ngayon, tayo ang pinagtatawanan dahil mula sa pagiging una sa Timog-Silangang asya, isa na tayo sa mga nasa hulihan. Ano ba naman ang Hongkong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam nuong naitayo ang Uychaco Building… ? Bakit ngayon ay mas maunlad pa sila sa atin?

    Ngunit naniniwala ako na hindi pa huli ang lahat. Sa tulong ng mga blogs o sites na tulad nito ay naimumulat tayo sa ating taglay na yaman at galing. Sana nga lang ay hindi sa pananalita lang natin naipagmamalaki ang pagiging Pilipino. Sana ay huwag nating kalimutan ang ugali/asal ng isang tunay na Pilipino.

    • cheecha

      Talagang hindi pa huli ang lahat lalo na kung tayo ay magkakaisa patungo sa ating kaunlaran.
      All we need is to join our hands…kapit-bisig…tulungan…bayanihan..at pagsamasamahin natin ang “galing at talino” nating mga Pinoy. Mabuhay!

    • Julius Cesar Uychaco

      MABUHAY ka brod! Isa ka ngang tunay na Pilipino.

  • Arthur Tazal Manglicmot

    thank you for reminding us that we also have a glorious past. i was privilege once to go to Germany to attend a seminar and as part of it we were toured to Marieplatz in downtown Munich and i was so amazed on how they preserve their old and historical buildings. the plaza preserve the old building and built underneath it ultramodern ones where shops are located. i hope we do it here too. the problem is that we do not have much respect for what our past generations did good and try to obliterate them one by one. i hope this government realized that it needs to preserve also the legacy of the past. im proud to be a filipino, this is where God meant me to live and exist.

  • KRISTAL

    wow..ang ganda ng Arquetektura ng pilipinas bago p dumating ang digmaan…
    tanx to daniel burham who made the city planning of manila and baguio city..
    ang gandang pagmasdan ang mga litrato..
    gumgaan ang loob q, at ntutuwa!!!

  • Mea

    I really like this blog it’s so informative and educational. I want to read more articles regarding on our country and hopefully many filipino will spend their time more on these kind of blogs that will help open their minds. More power and GOD bless :)

  • alfredo donato r. roman

    I was an architecture student ,unfortunately I didn’t finish it, but when I see historical buildings , which had stand many years , needs to be preserve for the future generation to treasure and be their historical treasure.

  • rogen-e

    Wow naman…galing!

  • reading history is one of my pastime here in abroad, sa bakasyon ko dadaanan ko yan.

  • Samara

    Wow, Very interesting! Ilang beses na akong nagpadaan-daan hindi manlang ako aware na antique na pala yang building na yan! Di manlang nipreserve ng gov’t at i-consider as one of national treassure. Thank you for the info.

  • Alvin

    The photos are impressive! thanks for giving us a chance to glimpse upon the past. instant time travel.

  • joner

    sa picture 2 Filipinas tawag sa bansa natin

  • Julius Cesar Uychaco

    I’m one of the great grandson of Don Mariano UyChaco… sayang sana di naibenta nang mga lolo ko yan at ng magkakapatid… Ayaw nang lolo ko na si Don Vicente UyChaco kaso yung mga kapatid niya gusto. Bale 3 against 2 ang naging botohan and it was the highest sold building during that time.

  • Julius Cesar Uychaco

    B Totanes – Brod, thanks for posting those very rare pics. In behalf of the UyChaco Family we really appreciate it and for all those who appreciated it as well, MABUHAY kayong lahat!

  • Donn T

    Friendly FYI – ‘left hand drive’ refers to the location of the steering wheel, not the lane. Manila today is left hand drive, pre-war it was right-hand drive in the left lane.