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Got a spam email from one of my Yahoo! groups. Can't help but get amazed with the pictures of an old Manila. 

Sino ba namang mag-aakalang ito ang dating Lulubel?
Eto pa ang Ilog Pasig, na siguro tolerable pa na gawing pang-sipilyo ang tubig. 
And who would have thought that this used to be Villalobos and Carriedo?! Whenever I drive through these now-dirty-and-filthy streets I can't help but wonder how I am going to go through the hellhole alive. 
Eto pa Jones Bridge. Bago muntikan nang maguho sa ihi ng mga taga-Maynila nung late 70s.
At Roxas Boulevard…
And here's Recto, without the shadow of the LRT.
O diba? Parang set sa Casablanca? Sinong magsasabing sa Maynila yan?!
And here's another aerial shot of Manila. Luneta, the Manila City Hall and I have to include, my Alma Mater the Philippine Normal University at the upper-right. 

  
And of course, Avenida.
Is this Greece or Fort Santiago? Tanda ko pa, dito kami nagdate minsan ni 'be. Pero hindi ganito. Ang daming estudyante at ang daming snatchers. 
Ayala Avenue. Wala pa ang mga nagta-taasang building at siksikang sasakyan at mga tao. Kung ganito pa rin hanggang ngayon, paniguradong walang eRep na ma-le-late sa shift n'ya. 
Kapag susundo ako kay 'be at Taft Avenue ang daan ko, lagi akong tumatawag kay 'be para itanong kung saang tulay ako dadaan para derecho akong Carriedo. Ang lagi lang n'yang sinasabi, "sa gitna ka dumaan. Ung sa gitna ang pa-Carriedo."
Pero kung ganito pa rin ang ayos ng kalsada, hindi ko makakalimutan ang direksyon. Hindi ko na kelangang tumawag kay 'be. 
And did I forget to mention, it is the great Metropolitan Theater on the right side of the picture?
Haaay…Manila…my Manila…

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Orly S. Agawin

The author Orly S. Agawin

Orly has been writing for The Jellicle Blog since 2008. He is a training and development consultant by day and an art enthusiast by night. He lives in Parañaque with his mom.

4 Comments

  1. lumaki ako sa maynila
    hindi ito ang maynila na naging kaibigan ko
    ang kilala kong maynila,
    magulo, mabaho, marumi, delikado.
    sa maynilang ito ako na "in-love"
    pero hindi naman siguro masamang mangarap,
    sana nakilala ko ang maynilang inilarawan sa itaas…
    sigguro mas magiging masaya ang relasyon namin…

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