Old Manila was born on October 2008. It began in Facebook as a compilation of old photos of Manila and other parts of Metro Manila. While it is entitled Old Manila, there was never any intention to keep the theme exclusively to Manila or Metro Manila. Old Manila embraces all locations in the Philippines. Not too long after, members started contributing to Old Manila, inclusive of photos in other parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The photos opened floodgates of memories for contemporaries and elders, while younger generation and students expressed wonder and fascination to discover history, culture and how life was back in the day in a most visual manner.
This became purpose for Old Manila: To revisit and remember and to learn and discover how life was back in the day.
Today, Old Manila has grown to over 23,000 members as of this writing, many thanks to the dutiful and dedicated administrators and moderators who keep Old Manila from spammers, flamers and other undesirable elements. If it were not for them Old Manila would not be online today.