Manila, U.S.A., 2019–current

Shortly after the 1898 Spanish-American War in the Philippines, 12 rural US towns were named after the Philippine capital of Manila to commemorate American victory at the Battle of Manila Bay. The end of the war and the establishment of these towns across the US marked the transition from Spanish colonial rule to American imperialism in the Philippines, a 48-year period until the United States recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946. In Manila, U.S.A., I travel across the United States to document the remnants of a forgotten colonial history in these places that were not built for Filipinos.

Colonial Inn (Between Home and Manila),  2019.

Colonial Inn (Between Home and Manila), 2019.

 
Manila Road (Manila, Missouri) , 2019.

Manila Road (Manila, Missouri), 2019.

 
Untitled (Manilla, Indiana) , 2019.

Untitled (Manilla, Indiana), 2019.

 
Table of Knowledge (Manilla, Indiana) , 2019.

Table of Knowledge (Manilla, Indiana), 2019.

 
Manila 911   (Manila, Arkansas) , 2019.

Manila 911 (Manila, Arkansas), 2019.

 
American Storage (Manila, Arkansas) , 2019.

American Storage (Manila, Arkansas), 2019.