Filipino women in traditional dress

When we talk about the past and everything that happened in that bygone era, we always associate old, worn-out black and white photos to remind us about how people lived in those days. It has become exceedingly rare to find colored photographs before 1950s unless if you're very rich or foreigner (American or European).

In the Philippines, all the photographs of the past are monochrome and it's virtually impossible to find old colored photographs. With the advent of photo-editing technologies and Photoshop, graphic artists can now relive the past and colorize old photographs so we can have a good idea the days when our grandparents lived.

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[item url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y1vUCFE3oLY/Vkpxs-FdR4I/AAAAAAAAWA8/MyrzEe-KCp8/s1600/dried%2Bgrasshoppers.jpg" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Y1vUCFE3oLY/Vkpxs-FdR4I/AAAAAAAAWA8/MyrzEe-KCp8/s640/dried%2Bgrasshoppers.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino women selling dried grasshoppers (c1920s)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ljLoYlKpOUk/VkpvfOviKzI/AAAAAAAAWAo/BZwXdjgTksU/s1600/filipina%2Bgirl.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ljLoYlKpOUk/VkpvfOviKzI/AAAAAAAAWAo/BZwXdjgTksU/s640/filipina%2Bgirl.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino girl posing at a nipa hut (c1910)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AzUHZ-aTWkw/Vkpsu-QbvSI/AAAAAAAAWAc/wfL1CprO7IA/s1600/camisa%2Bchurch.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AzUHZ-aTWkw/Vkpsu-QbvSI/AAAAAAAAWAc/wfL1CprO7IA/s640/camisa%2Bchurch.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Camisa Church, Binondo, Manila (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DuFrGkqlsMo/Vkprv_HVo1I/AAAAAAAAWAU/Owe5exDSLVM/s1600/cockfight.JPG" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DuFrGkqlsMo/Vkprv_HVo1I/AAAAAAAAWAU/Owe5exDSLVM/s640/cockfight.JPG" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Preparing for a cockfight (c1904)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mzGChwpGpVc/Vkp_R1vauuI/AAAAAAAAWBU/ZcSpOC8HbZg/s1600/filipino%2Bchildren.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mzGChwpGpVc/Vkp_R1vauuI/AAAAAAAAWBU/ZcSpOC8HbZg/s640/filipino%2Bchildren.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino children at a bridge in Iloilo (August 1905)[/item]
[item url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w6d76FmY--I/Vkp_xOxnklI/AAAAAAAAWBc/igkoPCbI0P8/s1600/street%2Bmusician.jpg" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-w6d76FmY--I/Vkp_xOxnklI/AAAAAAAAWBc/igkoPCbI0P8/s640/street%2Bmusician.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Street musician playing at a crowd (1901)[/item]
[item url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zrKZnchPNkA/VkqAw3cqtfI/AAAAAAAAWBo/EYNdLmxuCaw/s1600/filipino%2Bwomen%2Bwashing%2Bclothes.JPG" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zrKZnchPNkA/VkqAw3cqtfI/AAAAAAAAWBo/EYNdLmxuCaw/s640/filipino%2Bwomen%2Bwashing%2Bclothes.JPG" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino women washing clothes (c1899)[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RPQnoDUYq10/VkqBQtUlN0I/AAAAAAAAWBw/b1cdb9vHOwo/s1600/pasig%2Briver.JPG" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RPQnoDUYq10/VkqBQtUlN0I/AAAAAAAAWBw/b1cdb9vHOwo/s640/pasig%2Briver.JPG" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Pasig River at the back of Escolta (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NwwYFb_WkeY/VkqB656CTSI/AAAAAAAAWB4/7zdk1Cy9fUY/s1600/portrait%2Bof%2Ba%2Bfilipino%2Bwoman.JPG" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NwwYFb_WkeY/VkqB656CTSI/AAAAAAAAWB4/7zdk1Cy9fUY/s640/portrait%2Bof%2Ba%2Bfilipino%2Bwoman.JPG" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Portrait of a Filipino woman (c1890s)[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5L_bq6AbMzY/VkqCc1JoMCI/AAAAAAAAWB8/YAtidDxVVL8/s1600/street%2Btraffic.JPG" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5L_bq6AbMzY/VkqCc1JoMCI/AAAAAAAAWB8/YAtidDxVVL8/s640/street%2Btraffic.JPG" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Street traffic in Binondo, Manila (c1901)[/item]
[item url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CJwFnSuWF4Y/VkqDFFRhrjI/AAAAAAAAWCI/uGLu1FZzPJc/s1600/filipino%2Bwomen%2Bin%2Bold%2Bhouse.jpg" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CJwFnSuWF4Y/VkqDFFRhrjI/AAAAAAAAWCI/uGLu1FZzPJc/s640/filipino%2Bwomen%2Bin%2Bold%2Bhouse.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino women at an old bahay na bato (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-phPY-kKRkGU/VkqDnqSaCTI/AAAAAAAAWCQ/vjujyQyuOOY/s1600/bamboo%2Bband.jpg" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-phPY-kKRkGU/VkqDnqSaCTI/AAAAAAAAWCQ/vjujyQyuOOY/s640/bamboo%2Bband.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Bamboo band performing (c1900s)[/item]
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In vivid colors, we can see the beauty of the countryside, the smile of lovely women and the hassles of everyday living. We can relive the sights of places that no longer exists or forever changed in course of time. These edited photographs look like they were taken recently even though most of these were shot at least 50 years ago!

Life was simple then. There was no television, no Internet, no cars and no distractions. It was pure unadulterated lifestyle where everyone in the neighborhood know each other and they went to church together. Life may not be convenient then but everyone is self-sufficient as they plant rice, rear livestock and buy what they need.

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[item url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kSv2_WVd3KU/VkqGmTlBj4I/AAAAAAAAWCc/XUHGlnMYDEU/s1600/filipino%2Bwomen%2Bmaking%2Bclay%2Bpots.jpg" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kSv2_WVd3KU/VkqGmTlBj4I/AAAAAAAAWCc/XUHGlnMYDEU/s640/filipino%2Bwomen%2Bmaking%2Bclay%2Bpots.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino women making clay pots (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Benx7gGC2u0/VkqIA0IH3_I/AAAAAAAAWCk/08TD7KdA7kI/s1600/american%2Bsoldiers.jpg" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Benx7gGC2u0/VkqIA0IH3_I/AAAAAAAAWCk/08TD7KdA7kI/s640/american%2Bsoldiers.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]American soldiers relaxing at a fishing village (c1900)[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gjCAQv3VksA/VkqJmdQSetI/AAAAAAAAWCw/PCdG9jJGLMI/s1600/filipino-chinese%2Bmestiza.jpg" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gjCAQv3VksA/VkqJmdQSetI/AAAAAAAAWCw/PCdG9jJGLMI/s640/filipino-chinese%2Bmestiza.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino-Chinese mestiza in baro't saya[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NYMrU6-ddnU/VkqKTjbnDwI/AAAAAAAAWC4/DDKbGWmA9Jc/s1600/transporting%2Bfirewood.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NYMrU6-ddnU/VkqKTjbnDwI/AAAAAAAAWC4/DDKbGWmA9Jc/s640/transporting%2Bfirewood.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Transporting firewood at Pasig River (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5yOO3b95cng/VkqLMIfo4YI/AAAAAAAAWDE/GxYfaHjluxY/s1600/filipino%2Bchildren%2Bat%2Bwater%2Bhydrant.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5yOO3b95cng/VkqLMIfo4YI/AAAAAAAAWDE/GxYfaHjluxY/s640/filipino%2Bchildren%2Bat%2Bwater%2Bhydrant.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino children at water hydrant (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6BtslT9_p1Q/VkqL8Ckr6AI/AAAAAAAAWDM/rNjEwdOdMgE/s1600/chinese%2Bamerican%2Band%2Bfilipino%2Bresidents.jpg" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6BtslT9_p1Q/VkqL8Ckr6AI/AAAAAAAAWDM/rNjEwdOdMgE/s640/chinese%2Bamerican%2Band%2Bfilipino%2Bresidents.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Chinese, American, Japanese and Filipino residents (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lr1J2jBYXpQ/VkqMog4dq8I/AAAAAAAAWDY/KtSayE2zqWI/s1600/filipino%2Bchildren%2Bplaying.jpg" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lr1J2jBYXpQ/VkqMog4dq8I/AAAAAAAAWDY/KtSayE2zqWI/s640/filipino%2Bchildren%2Bplaying.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino children playing at Hotel de Oriente (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y9uec6GkSJM/VkqNdKecsrI/AAAAAAAAWDg/vEwgnQsPCvg/s1600/rosario%2Bstreet%2Bin%2Bbinondo.jpg" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y9uec6GkSJM/VkqNdKecsrI/AAAAAAAAWDg/vEwgnQsPCvg/s640/rosario%2Bstreet%2Bin%2Bbinondo.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Busy Rosario Street in Binondo, Manila (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tmdn3HcI_l8/VkqOQhxEonI/AAAAAAAAWDs/IeOL9gPP2As/s1600/cebuano%2Bgirl%2Bat%2Bchurch.jpg" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-tmdn3HcI_l8/VkqOQhxEonI/AAAAAAAAWDs/IeOL9gPP2As/s640/cebuano%2Bgirl%2Bat%2Bchurch.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]A girl in a Cebu church (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w2HQWdt-RRk/VkqPeEuq4PI/AAAAAAAAWD0/KQ4DBkUfDqE/s1600/carabao%2Bdrawn%2Bcarriage.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-w2HQWdt-RRk/VkqPeEuq4PI/AAAAAAAAWD0/KQ4DBkUfDqE/s640/carabao%2Bdrawn%2Bcarriage.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Carabao-drawn carriage by the sea (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nko659mFdAM/VkqQD_kui7I/AAAAAAAAWD4/6--xUa806yk/s1600/filipino%2Bgirl%2Bby%2Bthe%2Bpalm%2Btree.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nko659mFdAM/VkqQD_kui7I/AAAAAAAAWD4/6--xUa806yk/s640/filipino%2Bgirl%2Bby%2Bthe%2Bpalm%2Btree.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino girl by the palm tree (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dAbkXqKBglM/VkqQv72Wk1I/AAAAAAAAWEE/BgQ9PgTg5rw/s1600/filipino%2Bgirls%2Bplaying%2Bdolls.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dAbkXqKBglM/VkqQv72Wk1I/AAAAAAAAWEE/BgQ9PgTg5rw/s640/filipino%2Bgirls%2Bplaying%2Bdolls.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino girls playing their dolls (c1930s)[/item]
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Most of these pictures were taken by Americans during the the Filipino-American War while some are from private collections. It is quite amazing to see how they managed to document everyday life as they saw it during that time. It would have been more interesting if there would colorized and remastered versions of old black and white films documenting life then.

These precious photographs serve as a window of our past so that we may remember way back when our bustling cities were once sleepy idyllic villages. It was a time when morality and modesty where put in high esteem and it shows the way people pose for photographs. It is interesting to know that the way some people look at the camera, they have this curious dread in their face like they're peeking as to what people are on the other side of the camera (or who would be looking at them in the photo).

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[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yF0bpDSzDPk/VkqnJoGPbFI/AAAAAAAAWEY/0U9yWceIgTk/s1600/people%2Bat%2Bthe%2Bmarket.jpg" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yF0bpDSzDPk/VkqnJoGPbFI/AAAAAAAAWEY/0U9yWceIgTk/s640/people%2Bat%2Bthe%2Bmarket.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]People at a Manila marketplace (c1901)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bkZr5BhsaFo/Vkqp3LLTWQI/AAAAAAAAWEk/xZwbSPgfApQ/s1600/filipino%2Bchildren%2Bat%2Ba%2Bfarm.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bkZr5BhsaFo/Vkqp3LLTWQI/AAAAAAAAWEk/xZwbSPgfApQ/s640/filipino%2Bchildren%2Bat%2Ba%2Bfarm.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino children[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--eWncAKYtFs/VkqsR_cU1zI/AAAAAAAAWEw/aV2mPGCiuIY/s1600/puente%2Bde%2Bcolgante.jpg" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--eWncAKYtFs/VkqsR_cU1zI/AAAAAAAAWEw/aV2mPGCiuIY/s640/puente%2Bde%2Bcolgante.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Puente de Colgante suspension bridge in Manila (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AXyjNFnVgvo/VkqtEQzxoGI/AAAAAAAAWE4/xnwaLmL4H4U/s1600/washing%2Bclothes%2Bin%2Bpasig%2Briver.jpg" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AXyjNFnVgvo/VkqtEQzxoGI/AAAAAAAAWE4/xnwaLmL4H4U/s640/washing%2Bclothes%2Bin%2Bpasig%2Briver.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino women washing clothes at Pasig River (1929)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KeEjpq5b2hk/VkqtyyAy2dI/AAAAAAAAWFE/dM6--mffNIY/s1600/chinese%2Bpottery%2Bmakers.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KeEjpq5b2hk/VkqtyyAy2dI/AAAAAAAAWFE/dM6--mffNIY/s640/chinese%2Bpottery%2Bmakers.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Chinese pottery makers at Pandacan (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XWK4tbv773E/VkqvaYT7IBI/AAAAAAAAWFQ/H_jA9C95aJ8/s1600/men%2Bselling%2Blivestock.jpg" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XWK4tbv773E/VkqvaYT7IBI/AAAAAAAAWFQ/H_jA9C95aJ8/s640/men%2Bselling%2Blivestock.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Filipino men selling livestock (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mDtsisrPuXo/Vkqw0cCZcwI/AAAAAAAAWFc/gjvtapELYlI/s1600/dismounted%2Bcannons.jpg" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mDtsisrPuXo/Vkqw0cCZcwI/AAAAAAAAWFc/gjvtapELYlI/s640/dismounted%2Bcannons.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Dismounted Spanish cannons at Intramuros (1929)[/item]
[item url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_UhU0CALovk/VkqxfI5WVGI/AAAAAAAAWFg/fLi7vhFVAdE/s1600/fruit%2Bsellers.jpg" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_UhU0CALovk/VkqxfI5WVGI/AAAAAAAAWFg/fLi7vhFVAdE/s640/fruit%2Bsellers.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Fruit sellers at Tondo (c1900s)[/item]
[item url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_RQ2J-a2J30/Vkqycug0xhI/AAAAAAAAWFw/L_pBROws8ro/s1600/bustling%2Bmarketplace.jpg" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_RQ2J-a2J30/Vkqycug0xhI/AAAAAAAAWFw/L_pBROws8ro/s640/bustling%2Bmarketplace.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Bustling Manila marketplace (1901)[/item]
[item url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O_yBDQcSX4g/VkqzB3bqrGI/AAAAAAAAWF0/gGTOjiGm_BU/s1600/manila%2Bcathedral.jpg" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O_yBDQcSX4g/VkqzB3bqrGI/AAAAAAAAWF0/gGTOjiGm_BU/s640/manila%2Bcathedral.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Scene outside Manila Cathedral (1910)[/item]
[item url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JCe3n66BBtM/Vkq1BFC0bII/AAAAAAAAWGE/Qqp79oH1_fI/s1600/funeral%2Bat%2Bla%2Bfuneraria%2Bpaz.jpg" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-JCe3n66BBtM/Vkq1BFC0bII/AAAAAAAAWGE/Qqp79oH1_fI/s640/funeral%2Bat%2Bla%2Bfuneraria%2Bpaz.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]Funeral at La Funeraria Paz in Manila (1915)[/item]
[item url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hWkLbNQ0p88/Vkq3tBQ_5MI/AAAAAAAAWGQ/1jDj8KPgbTA/s1600/american%2Bofficials%2Bat%2Bpuerto%2Bprincesa.jpg" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hWkLbNQ0p88/Vkq3tBQ_5MI/AAAAAAAAWGQ/1jDj8KPgbTA/s640/american%2Bofficials%2Bat%2Bpuerto%2Bprincesa.jpg" title="Ang Kulay ng Kasaysayan"]American officials at Puerto Princesa (1910)[/item]
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What can you see in the colorized pictures of the past?

Editor's Note: Without the work of these talented graphic artists and administrators of these Facebook pages below, we won't be able to marvel at these historical snapshots of the past. Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook.



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