Memories of Old Manila

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Memories of Old Manila is a 1993 short independent film directed by Nick de Ocampo. It presents a short, syncretic vision of a city that was once the envy of the Orient but has now sunk into despair.


The film indicts colonizers who exploited the Philippines and left nothing of value after destroying the city of Manila. The visuals presented are subject to a variety of interpretations. Cinematographer Yam Laranas presents startling visions with inspirations both from Rembrandt and Filipino National Artist Fernando Amorsolo.


Though only twenty-three minutes long, Memories of Old Manila was presented at several international film festivals.


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