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These Photos of Philippine Architecture from the 1960s Show That Great Design is Timeless

Marvel at the midcentury modern designs from Philippine Arts and Architecture Magazine

Photography: Philippine Arts and Architecture Magazine

Given the number of condominium buildings that continue to rise around Metro Manila today, beautiful Filipino architecture is a breath of fresh air. We see as much in these photos posted on Facebook by Team Manila co-founder and creative director Jowee Alviar, who found them in a now-defunct magazine entitled Philippine Arts and Architecture.

The magazine featured the midcentury modern buildings and interiors of homes and offices at the time. Among the ones seen in Alviar's photos of the magazine's pages are the Pantranco Bus Terminal along Quezon Avenue (which is now Fisher Mall), Amon Trading Corporation (which sat on the corner of Pasong Tamo and Buendia), and the U.S. Embassy on Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard). Have a look:

Can you still recall your family's ancestral house?

In many homes, furniture pieces with captivating lines reigned supreme. Open spaces—with areas flowing freely next to each other were common as well.

Clean lines, strong facades, and beautiful interiors like these are themes of the past, but have stood the test of time. Truly, they don’t make them like they used to.


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