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Watch This Priceless 6-Minute Clip of Baguio in the 1940s

Back then, Igorot men wore topcoats with their bahag.
IMAGE YOUTUBE/MICHAELROGGE
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Most of us can only imagine what life was like in 1940s Philippines, but this video clip actually gives a glimpse of the country pre-WWII. The clip, which is a little over six and a half minutes long, was taken from an amateur movie about an American couple visiting the country, typed YouTube poster Michael Rogge. 

Although the movie was labeled "Manila," commenters have mentioned that it actually features pine trees, the Baguio Central Market, the Baguio slaughterhouse, and Camp John Hay. Notable are the revelers walking around in a button-down shirts and ranger hats with a bahag as well as a women strolling in a saya. In the background, you can hear the serene hum of the busy market, bargains being made, wares being sold.

Scenes in the middle of the clip featuring boys in their birthday suits about the dive from a dock suggest Manila. 

The 89-year-old Michael Rogge himself is a Dutch photographer and amateur filmmaker who first visited the Philippines post-war in 1949. He has his own clips of the Philippines including his own boat trip from Iloilo to Hong Kong in 1949 as well as cigar and coconut production in the Philippines in 1960. 

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*This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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