Posts Tagged ‘WW2 in manila’

Meandering Thoughts on Wordless Wednesday

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Sorry I haven’t been reading your blogs.  I’m busy doing some spring – cleaning chores, and you know, I can only do these tasks in the morning, which is my blog reading time.   There’s really not much to talk about anyway. All is quiet on the western front.  After the events of the past weeks, I guess that’s a good thing, right ?

 

So, with nothing on my mind at the moment, what do I do?  Post random pictures, of course. Photos below were taken in the Philippines.

 

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Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

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Statue of King Charles, right across from the Cathedral

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The gentleman in the photo wears an old policeman uniform  of  Spanish era.  * stares at my pic….. whoa ! That’s proof right there !  I really did pack in 15 lbs. during my vacation in the Philippines !  ( too much eating at eat-all you can buffets ) *

 

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Old , well – preserved buildings, Spanish era Philippine architecture

 

 

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Entrance, Fort Santiago

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Fort Santiago….. oh,look ! There’s a moat! Cool!

It’s a pity there’s very little left of the old, Spanish colonial city of Manila.  The city used to be the  most beautiful in Asia , (  called the Paris of Asia ) , with wide , cobbled stone avenues and streets,   European style fountains everywhere,  beautiful bridges

 

It was for that reason that Gen. Douglas McArthur declared Manila an Open City, allowing Japanese invaders to come in without bombing the city while the US Army retreated to somewhere outside of Manila.  Ironically, it was American planes that flattened the city in 1945. Street to street fighting and tanks and artillery  blew up the rest that were still standing. Manila was the second most destroyed city during WW2 , next to Warsaw which was # 1.  ( of course, Hiroshima and Nagasaki  are excluded…. that’s a different level )

Whoa !  Japanese soldiers were already walking around peacefully in this pic.

 

 

Destroyed  16th century  old Fort Santiago. That was an American tank right there. Well, that’s war.  Not blaming anyone. The fact is, real World War 2  action in Asia happened in Manila, Philippines, and nowhere else. The Japanese bombed the country 8 hours after Pearl Harbor. Well, the Philippines was an American territory then,  so, invading it was like invading the US.

 

* pondering*

 

Where was I ? Didn’t I just say my mind was blank and I had nothing to talk about ?

 

I better stop here before my thoughts meander from Manila to ancient Mesopotamia. 6_6

 

Thank you for reading and putting up with my ramblings.  Bye and peace !

 

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