Who lived in Manila town?
History. The early generation of Manilatown residents were known as the manong generation. Manong is an Ilocano term that means “elder brother.” They were the first generation of Filipinos to emigrate to the United States, en masse, and form local communities, beginning in the 1900s.
How much did it cost to stay at the I-Hotel?
Many of the residents still living there were ‘old-timers’ – manongs as they are respectfully called – who had little money and relied on low-income housing like the I-Hotel, which had rent at only 50 dollars a month.