I’m sharing a picture circa 1966 showing a group of us posing with military service men from the US Base in Mactan. During the height of the Vietnam War, 1965–1968, the Americans built a military base in Mactan which housed the 772nd and 774th Troup Carrier Squadrons and other servicemen on R&R there. When the Americans left, the American base became part of the Cebu Airport. But while the Americans were there, you can imagine the honky tonk bars in Mactan and also in Cebu to entertain the Americans — twinkling lights and colorful women all over the place!
I’m also sharing a link to my article entitled, “Mactan, 50 Years Ago and Now”:
This particular photo was taken at my home during a costume party. The picture shows, front row l‑r: Bing Velasco, Cecilia Manguerra, Ana Manguerra holding Patty Manguerra, Manny Gonzalez, Noe Ilano; standing l‑r: Guest, 3 American servicemen, Guest, Jaime Picornell.
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