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.
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.
Seen here just two weeks before the outbreak of WWII. Notice that Manila was right-hand drive back then.
Shown here, war-torn but still standing, next to the Insular Life Building around 1945.
Rebuilt and photographed here in the now busy streets in 1968.
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.