During the liberation of Manila in the second world war, the city was carpet-bombed. Several buildings in Escolta were also destoyed.
Fortunately, some of those buildings were reconstructed after the war, including classic buildings that we can still see at present.
Pasig River became the entry point of American and Filipino soldiers from the Manila Bay.
From the photo above, the building at left is the Regina Building, and at the right is the Perez-Samanillo Building.
The old Natividad Building is also a witness to the desolation of the area during the war. This building was burned during the war.
Imagine Escolta without the war, the area would have been even more progressive.
Today, that glory and glitter are all gone again. The banks and insurance companies have moved out. Escolta has to be again rehabilitated because certainly, it is a big part of our history...
In reality, the city of Manila was never rebuilt nor recovered after the second world war, due to neglect and, of course, corruption.