Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir

Teodulo Protomartir
Silverlens, Manila

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About

    Teodulo Protomartir was there in 1946 when the Americans gave the Philippines its independence. On July 4, he witnessed the birth of the Philippine Republic. For the first time, the Philippine flag flew alone and free. The Filipino crowd cheering by, planes flying overhead, floats lining the parade...a celebration it was. And Protomartir caught it all on still camera.

    Protomartir, the photographer who first brought the 35mm format to the Philippines and actively promoted photography through his photo club and radio show, shows us a monumental event in Philippine history and the Manila that enveloped it. Considered as the Father of Philippine photography, Protomartir captured the city in ruins from the Second World War, its battle wounds and its restoration – scenes we thought only survived in memory. He captures post-war Manila’s architecture and landscape, with Filipinos going about their daily business in familiar places such as Intramuros, Luneta, Ermita and Quiapo as well as in buildings and bridges that are no longer, including the old Sto. Domingo Church, which is one of the six Churches that once stood in Spanish Intramuros. For almost four centuries there stood the home of Our Lady of La Naval before it was bombed in 1941.

    Beyond historical evidence, the significance of Protomartir’s images is meaningful. Protomartir hands to the Filipino people cultural treasures that should remain part of Filipino consciousness and memory. Sixty-four years later, we celebrate Protomartir because through him we were there too.

    Complementing this exhibit is a talk on July 1 by Carlos Celdran, celebrated tour guide and authority on Manila’s history. Entitled Placing The Transition, the talk bridges 1946 and 2010 with photos of the places Protomartir photographed as they are today. Uro dela Cruz will also be giving an introduction to Protomartir, the man behind it all. The talk will be on July 1, Thursday, 6-8pm at Silverlens Gallery. This event is free of charge. RSVP call 8160044 or email manage@silverlensphoto.com

    The Images of Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir were printed by Billy Mondoñedo.

    Words by Bea Davila

Teodulo Protomartir was there in 1946 when the Americans gave the Philippines its independence. On July 4, he witnessed the birth of the Philippine Republic. For the first time, the Philippine flag flew alone and free. The Filipino crowd cheering by, planes flying overhead, floats lining the parade...a celebration it was. And Protomartir caught it all on still camera.

Protomartir, the photographer who first brought the 35mm format to the Philippines and actively promoted photography through his photo club and radio show, shows us a monumental event in Philippine history and the Manila that enveloped it. Considered as the Father of Philippine photography, Protomartir captured the city in ruins from the Second World War, its battle wounds and its restoration – scenes we thought only survived in memory. He captures post-war Manila’s architecture and landscape, with Filipinos going about their daily business in familiar places such as Intramuros, Luneta, Ermita and Quiapo as well as in buildings and bridges that are no longer, including the old Sto. Domingo Church, which is one of the six Churches that once stood in Spanish Intramuros. For almost four centuries there stood the home of Our Lady of La Naval before it was bombed in 1941.

Beyond historical evidence, the significance of Protomartir’s images is meaningful. Protomartir hands to the Filipino people cultural treasures that should remain part of Filipino consciousness and memory. Sixty-four years later, we celebrate Protomartir because through him we were there too.

Complementing this exhibit is a talk on July 1 by Carlos Celdran, celebrated tour guide and authority on Manila’s history. Entitled Placing The Transition, the talk bridges 1946 and 2010 with photos of the places Protomartir photographed as they are today. Uro dela Cruz will also be giving an introduction to Protomartir, the man behind it all. The talk will be on July 1, Thursday, 6-8pm at Silverlens Gallery. This event is free of charge. RSVP call 8160044 or email manage@silverlensphoto.com

The Images of Being There 1946: The Legacy of Teodulo Protomartir were printed by Billy Mondoñedo.

Words by Bea Davila

Works

Teodulo Protomartir
Kayumanggi Society: Chismes / Nagtataka (Nos. 87 • 87A)
1946
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American Flag Went Down, July 4, 1946 / Philippine Flag Went Up, July 4, 1946 (Nos. 211 • 212)
1946
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Independence Day American Flag Down for Keeping / Americans Saluting to the Philippine Flag (Nos. 213 • 214)
1946
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After 48 Years Solo Flight Again (Nos. 217 • 218)
1946
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After the Celebration (Nos. 221 • 222)
1946
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The Parade, Independence Day (Nos. 223 • 224)
1946
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The Parade, Independence Day (Nos. 225 • 226)
1946
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Flight Formation, Independence Day (Nos. 227 • 228)
1946
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Independence Day Float Parade (Nos. 231 • 232)
1946
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Independence Day UP Float / Independence Day Float Parade (Nos. 233 • 234)
1946
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Independence Day Float Parade (Nos. 235 • 236)
1946
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After the Parade (Nos. 243 • 244)
1946
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Pasig River and Buildings from Sta. Cruz Bridge (No. 4)
1946
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Parian Gate (No. 5a)
1946
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Interior of El Mejor Coffee Shop, Escolta in front of Cine Capitol (No. 6)
1946
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Aduana Street corner Cabildo (No. 7)
1946
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Plaza Lawton, San Juan de Letran College in Background (No. 9A)
1946
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From T. Pinpin corner San Vicente, Fernandez Building on left (No. 11)
1946
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Metropolitan Theater from Insular Ice Plant Gate (No. 12)
1946
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Quezon Bridge in Wood (No. 12A)
1946
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Quiapo Church (No. 20A)
1946
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Jones Bridge (No. 22)
1946
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Legislative Building in Ruins (No. 23C)
1946
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Wack Wack Golf Club (No. 26A)
1946
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UST Building and Campus (No. 29)
1946
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Pushcart with Sta. Cruz Fire Station in Ruins as Background (No. 31A)
1946
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Sto. Domingo Church Ruins (No. 32)
1946
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Ermita District (No. 36A)
1946
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Commercial Building from Jones Bridge (No. 39)
1946
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Plaza Sta. Cruz (No. 48C)
1946
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The Gate of Faith (No. 50)
1946
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Lourdes Church Ruins (No. 52)
1946
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Rosie’s Gown, Dewey Boulevard (No. 54A)
1946
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Leper Statue, UP Grounds, Manila (No. 56A)
1946
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Sequia Building in Malate, Manila (No. 59)
1946
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Signal Light, Manila (No. 60A)
1946
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Commerce Chamber of the Philippines (No. 64)
1946
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Malate Church (No. 65)
1946
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Ruin of Building, Malate (No. 66A)
1946
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Pedestrian Lane, Sta. Cruz Temporary Bridge (No. 76)
1946
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Quiapo Church, Temporary Building with Stores behind Quezon Bridge Approach (No. 109)
1946
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Azcarraga T. Alonzo (No. 120)
1946
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Miramar Apartment (No. 127)
1946
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Plaza Goiti (No. 139)
1946
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Plaza Goiti (Nos. 140)
1946
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Bayview Hotel (No. 145)
1946
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Ruins at Isaac Peral Street, getting old acacia trees (No. 153)
1946
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Ateneo de Manila College, Intramuros, Arzobispo Street (No. 157)
1946
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Plaza Goiti from Sta. Cruz Church (No. 168)
1946
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Manila City Hall Building from Arroceros corner Concepcion (No. 174)
1946
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Horse Under Horse from Tetuan corner Dasmariñas (No. 175)
1946
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Philippine Observatory (No. 178)
1946
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Ruins of UP Buildings, Padre Faura Street (No. 180)
1946
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Japanese War Tank at UP Campus, Manila (No. 183)
1946
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Echague Street from corner Rizal Avenue, American Hardware Store (No. 194)
1946
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Beams of American Hardware Building (No. 195)
1946
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Escolta Bridge from Roxas Bridg (No. 202)
1946
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Sta. Cruz Bridge, Plaza Goiti from Plaza Sta. Cruz (No. 203)
1946
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Fruit Stalls at sidewalk of Plaza Sta. Cruz (No. 250)
1946
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Lourdes Church Interior (No. 261)
1946
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Statue at UP Compund Manila (No. 283)
1946
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Reina Isabel (No. 310)
1946
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