Postal Heritage Walking Tour [Part Three]

Escolta is a famous street in Manila, Philippines. During the Spanish and American occupation of the Philippines, Escolta was known as the commercial district of Manila. The name is said to have originated from the mid 19th century when Spanish Captain Generals paraded the street with heavy escorts--and people shouting "Escorts"--which later became Escolta. (source: WikiPilipinas)

one of the century old architecture along Escolta

monument along McArthur bridge

At the corner of Escolta and William Burke streets stand proud a neo-classical beauty - the Regina Building built in 1934. Provident Insurance Corporation - one of the first Filipino-owned insurance companies (now is Spanish-owned Mapfre Insular Insurance) -opened here in 1934. Many other insurance companies made this their headquarters when this area was still the main financial district of Manila. (source: WikiMapia)

Burke building marker

teh Old Manila

In 1950, the Calvo building was home to the studios and corporate offices of the Loreto de F. Hemedes, Inc., later renamed Republic Broadcasting System. Robert “Bob” Stewart of the Uncle Bob fame sent the first signals of radio station DZBB from a makeshift studio on its 4th floor. Seven years after in 1957, that company moved to its current location along EDSA in Quezon City and is now more known as GMA 7 - the Kapuso network. (Source: Manila Hub)

coat of arms

one of the existing old portrait

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