Basques in Manila

5 Apr

Basque names are easily recognizable in street names (Echague, that runs along Quinta Market through sa ilalim ng tulay), places (Plaza Goiti), and provinces (Nueva Vizcaya). They are still with us in business: the Aboitizes, the Elizaldes, and the Ayala side of the Zobel de Ayala clan. Continue reading: Luis H. Francia\’s Basques in Manila

Manila’s Jai Alai stadium. Among the jewels of that period was Taft Avenue, a mini-Champs Elysee, with grand homes, sparkling movie houses, colleges and spectacular Art Deco buildings. One of the finest buildings was the Jai Alai stadium, opened in 1940 as a home for the Basque game of the same name and quickly adopted as a playground by the rich and glamorous.

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