Authored by Carlos Quirino
Edited by Ma. Eloisa P. de Castro
First published in 1971, this evocative collection of essays charts the changing name of Manila and its inhabitants.
National Artist Carlos Quirino examines Manila from the early fourteenth century through the end of Spanish rule, rendering the past in witty and imaginative ways.
No mere chronology, it addresses such varied themes as religion, theater, war, food, pestilence, immigration, crime and punishment, coinage, and art. This new edition contains the original text with enriched visuals—maps, postcards, engravings, sketches, and photographs—making it a comprehensive pictorial record of Manila and its denizens through the centuries.