Manila, Queen of the Pacific 1938
A look back in the past where Filipinos lived a simple life. Manila is the capital of the beautiful Philippines.
The Spanish City of Manila was founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi, which was regarded as the official foundation date of the city.
It was the first chartered City by virtue of the Philippine Commission Act 183 on July 31, 1901 and gained autonomy with the passage of Republic Act No. 409 or the “Revised Charter of the City of Manila” on June 18, 1949. It is home to many of the Philippines’ firsts, including the first university (1590), water system (1878), hotel (1889), electricity (1895), oceanarium (1913), stock exchange (1927), flyover (1930s), zoo (1959), pedestrian underpass (1960), science high school (1963), city-run university(1965), city-run hospital (1969), and light rail transit system (1984; also considered as the first LRT system in Southeast Asia).