20 Remarkable Colorized Photos Will Let You Relive Philippine History

By | 02/08/2014

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One would think that history and technology don’t make a perfect match. But with the advent of advanced photo editing tools, and all the stunning colorized historical photos that came right after, it’s safe to say that technology can complement history and vice versa.

Seeing an iconic photograph being colorized is a breath of fresh air. For most people, especially those who can hardly appreciate history, “black and white” means “boring”.

Also Read: 10 Vintage Photos of Filipinos Being Awesome

Therefore, digitally colorizing archival photos not only brings crucial historical moments back to life, but also help our young students see history in a different perspective.

Special thanks to the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) for making a huge part of this collection available to the public.

In the words of Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III, this project aims “to take your humdrum, iconic photos and give them a new lease on life” as well as “create a package of materials that will be useful for practically all levels of schooling in a way that is accessible and free.”

Without further ado, here are 20 of the best colorized photos from Philippine history:

 

1. Iconic photo of Filipino women in the early 1900s. 

Filipino women in the early 1900s

Colorized photo by: Homer Fernandez

 

2. Dr. Jose Rizal treating a European patient as a lady watches on. 

Jose Rizal with patient colored photo

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

Fast Facts: 

At the age of 23, Rizal earned a degree in Medicine from Universidad Central de Madrid. He later pursued further studies in Paris and Germany to become an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).

The photo shown above has been the center debates among historians. Some says that it’s just a still from a lost silent film about Jose Rizal.

 

Also Read: 8 Mind-Boggling Myths About Jose Rizal

 

3. Studio photograph of three of the leading Filipino propagandists in Spain, namely: Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, and Mariano Ponce. 

Filipino propagandists

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

 

 4. Dr. Jose Rizal’s mysterious stare. 

Jose Rizal colored photo

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

 

 5. Dr. Jose Rizal’s iconic photograph taken in Spain (circa 1890).

Jose Rizal colorized history

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

 

6. Malolos Congress in Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan, on September 15, 1898.

Malolos Constitution

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

 

 7. Edward, Prince of Wales, with Governor-General Leonard Wood outside the Executive Building, Malacañang Palace.

Prrince Edward of Wales attends luncheon at Malacanang

Original photograph by: American Philosophical Society Archives. Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

 

 8. Philippine Executive Commission Chairman Jorge B. Vargas reads a message to the Kalibapi on September 20, 1943.

Preparatory Commission on Philippine Independence + Jose Vargas

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

 

9. Filipino women sewing the silver stars on the last American flag.

The Last American Flag on Philippine Soil

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

Fast Facts:

The “last American flag” in the Philippines was sent to the United States as a souvenir after the inauguration of the Philippine Republic.

The stars on the American flag were sewn by groups of Filipinas representing all provinces of the Philippines.They were supervised by former First Ladies Aurora Aragon-Quezon, Esperanza Limjap Osmeña, and Trinidad de Leon-Roxas.

Also Read: 34 Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know About Philippine First Ladies

10. The Philippine and American flags during the Independence Day ceremonies on July 4, 1946. 

Philippine Independence Day

Source: Presidential Museum and Library’s Official Tumblr Page

 

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11. Young Manuel L. Quezon wearing a uniform of a Major in the Philippine Army. During this time, he was aide-de-camp to Gen. Aguinaldo. 

Manuel L. Quezon in the uniform of a Major in the Philippine Army

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

 

12. President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora Quezon welcoming schoolgirls and nuns in the Reception Hall of Malacañang Palace (circa 1940).

President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora Quezon welcome schoolgirls and nuns

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

 

 13. President Manuel L. Quezon during the proclamation of the “National Language of the Philippines” on December 30, 1937.

Manuel Quezon proclaiming National Language

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

 

14. President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora A. Quezon at the Palace Reception Hall on January 1, 1940. 

President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora A. Quezon at the Palace Reception Hall

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

Fast Facts:

During the Commonwealth, New Year invitations would state that the President and First Lady would be at home from the afternoon until early evening of January 1.

In the above photo, First Lady Aurora Quezon looks ghostly pale because women of that era put on a lot of white foundation on their faces.

 

 15. Capt. Nieves Fernandez shows Pvt. Andrew Lupiga how she used her long knife to kill Japanese soldiers during World War II. 

Capt. Nieves Fernandez

 

Colorized photo by: Retropotamus

Fast Fact:

A former school teacher, Capt. Nieves Fernandez became the only known Filipino female guerilla leader in Philippine history.

Also Read: 6 Badass Filipina Warriors You Never Heard Of

 

16. Japanese defector Lt. Minoru Wada, at a B-25 waist position, directs a US airstrike, Philippines 1944. 

Japanese defector Lt. Minoru Wada

Colorized photo by: Retropotamus

 

 17. President Manuel L. Quezon as he administered the oath of office to Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos in the Social Hall of Malacañang Palace.

Jose Abad Santos

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

 

18. Digitally colorized photo of the late President Manuel Roxas. 

Manuel Roxas colored photo

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

Fast Fact:

On March 10, 1947, President Manuel Roxas became the victim of an assassination attempt perpetrated by a barber named Julio Guillen.

Read More: 6 Shocking Facts About Philippine Presidents.

 

19. President Manuel Roxas while signing the Constitution on February 19, 1935. 

Manuel Roxas signs the Constitution

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

 

20. President Ramon Magsaysay astride the official horse, Victory. 

President Ramon Magsaysay colored photo

Colorized photo by: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

Also Read: The Oldest Known Photos of the Philippines Ever Taken

 

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