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    Manila Airport in the late 1960s :-

    The current site for the airport dates from 1948, following independence. The international runway and taxiway were built in 1954. The control tower and terminal building for international passengers was inaugurated in 1961. Following fire damage in 1972, a smaller terminal was rebuilt in its place. This became the international terminal until a new " Terminal 1 " was built in 1981 ( named after " Ninoy " Aquino in 1987 ). The old terminal survived as Manila’s domestic airport until another fire damaged it in the mid 1980s.




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    My photo from 90 years ago shows a Packard ambulance - 6 cylinder, 81 horsepower - outside the Philippine General Hospital. The Packard marque was founded in 1899 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Packards were a top-selling luxury brand of cars at this time, and also produced trucks in addition to ambulances, with markets in over 60 countries abroad. The last Packard cars were produced about 60 years ago :-






    As I have posted elsewhere, the Philippines General Hospital celebrated its centennial in 2007, and was one of the few hospitals to remain open in the country throughout World War II :-







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    This view of Manila is from the early 1950s. Philippine Airlines were flying Douglas DC-6 aircraft between 1948-1954, after which they were sold at a time when PAL had discontinued loss-making long haul routes. Over 700 such aircraft were produced between 1946 and 1958. In 1948 Manila Airport had moved to its current site adjacent to the Villamor Airbase ( see #91 above ).





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    This is a view of Ayala Avenue, corner with Makati Avenue, in the 1980s.


    Ayala Avenue has been called the " Wall Street of the Philippines ". Part was previously a runway for the Nielson Airport, destroyed during the Japanese occupation in World War II, and converted into a road in 1949.







    The same view now, early morning before traffic build up, with a pedestrian underpass now visible near the monument of Gabriela Silang ( the first Filipina to lead a revolt against Spain, in the 18th century ) :-












    Now even by night, the traffic never ceases :-





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