Why is this old Banco Filipino photo going viral?
The bank had its heyday in the mid-'70s.
(SPOT.ph) A black-and-white photograph has been making the rounds on the Internet since it was posted by one Victor Velasco on March 21. It has more than 900 shares as of writing.
The press photo taken in 1971 shows the all-female security crew of Banco Filipino's all-woman branch along Aurora Boulevard in Cubao. "The staff of 27 are all female all under the age of 26. All are trained in judo and karate and all know how to shoot straight. The armed guards clearly create confidence among the customers, for the Cubao branch is the biggest savings [bank] in the Philippines. About 1,200 men pop in a day to stow away some pesos," the caption says.
Banco Filipino was founded in 1964 by Tomas Aguirre. A year later, it employed an all-woman security and staff, which immediately stirred the public's fascination. By mid-'70s, it became one of the largest thrift banks in Metro Manila. It was closed by the Central Bank of the Philippines in 1985 and was reopened in 1994, only to be closed down once again in 2011.
The bank may have lost, but these women are winning the Internet. Talk about girl power!