Historical photos link us to the past. They show us traditions that are almost forgotten. They demonstrate us how our ancestors live their lives back then. They let us know more about the lives of popular historical figures. And they remind us of the tragic moments that made our ancestors fought for our independence.
Here are 10 rare Filipino historical photos that we’ve found:
1. PRINSA DE PAA
Most people believe that Filipinos initially used the European charcoal flat-irons to press their baro and sayas. But no, they went more traditional with a crude equipment called “prinsa de paa”, also known in other provinces as “prinsa de mano”, “ligis”, pagligisan”, or “pagulong”. This equipment requires thorough force and sometimes combined energy of three persons (like in the photo above).
To use “prinsa de paa”, the clothes would be wrapped in a solid cylinder then be pressed manually multiple times, rolling back and forth until the clothes are crease-free. Quite an effort, right? So, let’s be thankful for our modern electric iron.
2. JOSE RIZAL AND COMPANY GETTING DRUNK
Jose Rizal and friends are having a good time in Juan Luna’s residence and atelier in Paris. Seated from left to right: Jose Rizal, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Trinidad H. Pardo de Tavera, and Juan Luna. The man behind Luna is Ramon Ramirez also their friend.
3. JOSE RIZAL AND COMPANY ALREADY DRUNK
Everybody are now drunk. Pardo de Tavera is unconscious on the floor and Rizal is about to throw an apple on him.
4. FILIPINO POW
Filipino insurgents are lined-up as prisoners of war (POW) by Americans in this rare 1899 photo near the San Miguel Cathedral in Manila.
5. MESTIZO WOMEN
Young Spanish mestizo women in elegant native dress inside a beautiful Filipino home at Erimita, Manila, Philippines in 1899.
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