Through THE YEARS
Taking a second glance at the historic neighborhood of New Manila.
MAKATI CITY, BONIFACIO Global City, and Quezon City might be the urbanized centers that are often top of mind, but before Makati grew into the bustling business district it is today, before Quezon City attracted its share of residences and commercial landscapes, and before Bonifacio Global City’s evolution from a military fort, there was the peaceful, well-heeled community of New Manila, long established as one of the oldest settlements of the country’s wealthiest and most aristocratic families.
With its convenient proximity to both Quezon City and the capital of Manila, New Manila quietly evolved from a hacienda owned by Doña Magdalena Hemady to a residential neighborhood. When World War II hit the Philippines, with the Japanese and American military forces going head to head, much of the once glorious city of Manila was reduced to ruins. The aftermath of the war ushered in a time of discontent for its residents. The once beautiful capital originally built for only 800,000 people had quickly fallen from grace. For a time, the noise, pollution, and overpopulation, coupled with the disarray brought about by colonial occupation made Manila less desirable for the country’s elite, and they sought other settlements to turn into their home. New Manila then became the priciest and most coveted piece of land in Metro Manila.