The name Escolta was inspired by the Spanish word “escortar,” meaning to escort. The British commanding general passed through this street under heavy escort on his way to hand over Manila back to the Spaniards after
Prior to these art deco buildings which we are seeing today, several magnificent European-Style structures were already built in Escolta. The street was paved using cobblestones which were even imported from Hongkong. There were also magnificent street lights installed to lighten up the narrow street.During those days, only European shops were allowed to sell products in Escolta. All Filipino and Chinese Mestizos merchants were only allowed to trade in nearby streets such as Rosario, and Nueva in Binondo.
When Americans came to the
There was a bustling banking and financial community which included international insurance companies, banks, foreign embassies and other financial institutions from
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Manila Circa 1930s