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Visitors found it charming: He married television personality Lelia Benitez. We had parties, or at least my parents had parties, but nobody got bombed, at least as I can remember.
My stepfather [John McFie] did very well; he was a successful lawyer here. That was big dough back then. The taxi would be about twenty centavos. At the Polo Club we used to swim, badminton, bowling, tennis — it was a nice life.
We would just sign [for the bill], and my stepfather got really mad at me on time because one month I think I signed for fifteen pesos worth, and he was outraged I spent so much money. He banned me from the Club for three months. The Rift Ina dispute arose which led to a parting of the ways for the Elizalde family and the Polo Club. The family was quite wealthy and influential.
They owned steel, hemp, paint and wine factories, along with a media empire of radio, television and newspapers, and a hacienda and sugar central in Negros Occidental. The photo below was provided by another dear friend, Peter Parsons. Quezon and the Elizalde brothers.
Manuel Nieto and Pres. Los Tamaraos Polo Club offered 35 full sized steeds imported by J. The Manila Polo Club itself continued its uninterrupted growth. Article from the Sydney Herald, January 10, Three thousand persons witnessed the dedication of the Los Tamaraos Polo Club by Manuel Quezon, President of the Philippinesafter which the Elizalde brothers won a closely fought game from the Australian team comprising P.
Allison, by six goals to five. Smooth teamwork on both sides was a feature of the contest. Both teams were mounted, on Australian horses, those of the Elizaldes being recently imported. The game attracted one of the largest polo crowds in the history of the Orient. A dinner dance followed the game. Filipinos were barred from the Elks and except as servants, denied entry to the Army and Navy Club. They could not play golf at the Manila Club or belong to the University Club, created by Taft for leading American civilians.
Even the Manila Hotel formed part of the white enclave, which excluded native citizens. Not untilthe year of his election as president of the commonwealth, was Manuel Quezon granted honorary membership to the Polo Club.
Santa Ana Cabaret Even in the dance halls, racism reared its ugly head. The cabarets night clubs were people went to dance, dine, and drink were all segregated: Ana Cabaret and the Lerma night club had areas reserved exclusively for whites while Filipinos were secluded in a taxi dance area down the hall, fenced off from where the whites amused themselves.
One day the president of the Senate, asked Governor- General F. Harrison to spearhead a move to knock down the race barrier— and Harrison agreed. Governor Harrison made a reservation for a small party at the Lerma cabaret.
A large table was reserved for him in the middle of the dance floor in a section exclusively reserved for white VIPs. The word had got around that the governor was entertaining some important visitors. The governor gathered his [Filipino] guests and their ladies and led the group to the center of cabaret section where only Occidentals had been permitted to tread before. There were startled looks from the all- white patrons as the mixed group walked in…. We…danced all night, somewhat pleased inside us we were making a little bit of history.
Soon after all the cabarets dropped the color barrier.
By now, second generation Americans, born in Manila, called this part of the world their home and quite a home it was, in a cosmopolitan city that rivaled any in the world. Curtis Brooks was a young lad in the late Thirties. Later, a Green team was added. In addition to the Polo Club teams there were teams from Ft. Games were played on Sunday, two double headers, as I recall. My dad [Bernard Brooks] played for the Blues, a collection of older players, that never placed very high in the standings.
The logo for Ft. McKinley was the carabao head that was the crest of the Philippine Division. Attending the Sunday games was the highlight of the week for us, reinforced by the indulgence in the one coke we were allowed each week. In the growing tide of war in the late Thirties, it gave the American community a sense of security and comfort. SeaFront In earlythe U. Included in those plans was an order to develop the Seventh Fleet headquarters however, the war intervened, putting a hold on those plans.
On April 8,the 63rd Construction Battalion arrived at Manila to begin work on the site on the Manila waterfront formerly occupied by the Manila Polo Club. Eight kw generators were set in a 40 x foot prefabricated steel hut, which included a laundry and drying unit.
In addition, electrical, water, and sewerage facilities, quonset hospital, an open-air theater, and a chapel were constructed. The project was completed in June, which included all walks, roads, and necessary drainage. State Department and the so-called Rehabilitation Agencies over the property. The Rehabilitation Agencies were the dozen or so U. Government agencies authorized by the Philippine Rehabilitation Act of to establish offices in the Philippines to help with postwar reconstruction, and they had great difficulty recruiting people to go to Manila in the absence of housing for families.
The State Department finally saw the light, and by the fall of the compound had been designated for Rehabilitation Agency family housing. Lonn Taylor, former SeaFront resident The use of the former Polo Club also grew as an extended campus for several elementary grades from the American School in the early Fifties. Disturbed by the inadequate plans for civil defense and the apparent lack of cooperation between the officials of the Commonwealth Government and the U.
High Commissioner Francis B. Sayre, community leaders organized a Coordinating Committee to make preparations for the inevitable. After assuring the American civilian population that the Japanese would not dare attack the Philippines due to the presence of the American Asiatic Fleet, the military transport, USAT George Washington, departed on May 14th, with Army dependents.
On July 8th, the Philippine General Hospital held the first blackout practice in the city. On December 8th, the Japanese bombers struck. The head of the Japanese gendarmerie occupied the J. Names of streets were changed.
They came without talk and in good order, the ridiculous pop-popping of their one-cylinder cycles sounding loud in the silent city. More Than Meets The Eye, Carl Mydans When the Japanese had something of a show, like a parade, they would arrange to have enthusiastic spectators, most of whom were children with small Japanese paper flags that had to be waved to simulate their excitement and joy. Enrique Zobel was 14 years old when the Japanese entered Manila.
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Everything closed up, including the banks. His father, Don Jacobo, joined the troops in Bataan and Enrique and his mother were left without adequate funds for supplies and food so he came up with an idea to supplement their income. Beautiful and expensive polo ponies pulling a carretela!
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Jacinto, Enrique Zobel, and Jacobo Zobel — taken in The sentry on duty of course laughed at the idea that this young lad wanted these beautiful polo ponies.
An argument ensued, with both Enrique and the guard yelling at each other until the young Zobel was taken to Fort Santiago. There he was interrogated and proved those were indeed his horses by describing them in great detail. One of the interrogators present was General Ota of the Kempetai Japan Secret Servicewho took a liking to the enterprising young man on account of he said he was of Spanish descent.
The general invited him to lunch for conversation as he wanted to practice his Spanish. Later, Enrique and his friend were given the horses with only bridles but no saddles. So they rode the six horses back, bareback; one boy on each horse, and one horse on either side, to Malate where the stables were. In fact, it stood for Japan domination in the Pacific. It was evident that a new site had to be found. The project was budgeted at 1.
During the interim period, a temporary location was selected at Dewey Boulevard. Softball games on the expanse of lawn. And a fairly small but beautiful pool. A bar and mini restaurant were set up near the pool; we really looked forward to our visits there on weekends. It had an intimate and mysterious atmosphere unequalled. And exploring those ruins could not be beat. They were about the same as the Quezon house ruins that we lived next door to—while we still lived in our prewar home on Roberts Street.
Aside from school and government buildings, Antonio also designed theaters and apartments however, he considered the Manila Polo Club as one of his best. Clean lines, plain surfaces and bold rectangular masses characterized his architecture, employing wood, stone and reinforced concrete. The clubhouse would become the signature building of the Club and an important architectural work of Antonio, for which it now has a plaque from the National Historical Institute declaring it a protected building.
The Manila Polo Club: Therefore, the Manila Polo Club, hidden away in Forbes Park, is regrettably a place that not too many people get to see. The Elizalde brothers, members of the club and international legends in the sport of polo, nominated Col.
Manuel Nieto, for membership. The Elizaldes resigned their Club memberships, the rejection sparking angry reactions and polemical discussion among the elite. No matter that a proprietary share costs more than the value of an average middle class home in Manila close to P14 million at last reckoningthere are no lack of individuals aspiring for membership to the club. No matter; Singson is in good company.
Business taipans, famous celebrities, and people of all ilk have been barred membership. But Roman Azanza, three-time Polo Club president, denies this. He never even applied.
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He was rejected somewhere else, in another club, and that club told the press we rejected him. In the first place, he never applied. By this time, the Manila Polo Club had transferred addresses: The 60s was a transformative era for the Philippines, and the club felt part of this wave of change.
Inthe Club elected its first Filipino president in Enrique Zobel, signifying 50 years before a Filipino could reach that helm. For some years, he had had the Malaysian sultans of Pahang, Johore, and Selangor as his annual guests for polo matches at the club. In the early 70s, after meeting the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanah Bolkiah, Zobel converted the sultan and his brothers, Princes Jefri and Mohammed, into avid polo players. Genially, Zobel invited them to play in polo matches at the Club.
This situation, however, had the potential of a catastrophe. In the early 60s, Malaysia and Brunei had had a serious falling out. So when the Sultan of Brunei and his team arrived at the Club amid an assortment of Malaysian royalty and their Filipino hosts, tension was thick. But polo proved itself to be truly the Sport of Kings, and everyone behaved as gentlemen.
Inthe Club was converted into a proprietary share club. For what seems a laughable amount today—P12, Conversions often necessitate major change, and this one was no exception. But far from equal it was. In times past, members were strictly male.
If, for example, male members wanted to use the tennis courts and some ladies were playing at the moment, it was perfectly acceptable to bump them off so that the men could play.
Only in were widows of members finally allowed to transfer club shares to their name and to become full-fledged members. The first woman to do so was Ma.
The Club finally dropped all distinction between male and female members inwith the adoption of the new Philippine Constitution, which specifically cited the equality of men and women before the law.
Inthe Club had its first woman board member in the person of Maribel Ongpin. InIsabel Caro Wilson was elected first woman president, and Pat Puyat Palanca became its first woman general manager. From 63 women members inbythe Club had over On the playing fields, the advancement of women was given impetus by Sylvia Lichauco de Leon who, indropped the proverbial distaff in exchange for a polo mallet.
The barrier had cracked indeed, and today several bonnie lasses the likes of Rosanna Yulo and and Lourdes Consing can be seen on the field. Paola Zobel in Other changes have transpired in this former epitome of elegance and luxury. Men came in blazers, women in stylish summer frocks. So we instituted some changes; everybody liked it, except a few guys. One guy came in his pajamas! For the rest of the season, discretion is pretty much tolerated.
A lot of the attention of the Board members goes to things other than sports. And they rent out the Club. You can actually have a party as long as a member sponsors you. When a major overhaul of its 50s-era facilities was necessary, the Club made it a point to retain the feel, look, and tradition of the premises.
The Centennial Renewal Committee—so called because the Club was nearing its year mark—went so far as to hire environmental landscaper Paulo Alcazaren and spend two million pesos in order to reinforce a year old tree rather than destroy it. While preserving heritage, the Club keeps its eye toward the future.
One way is through the extensive value engineering it has invested in with the purpose of going green. The Club has also undertaken a demographic study. Is the club getting older or younger?