FACT CHECK: No, these photos do not show cities of Manila, Davao

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 22 2019 04:24 PM

A post shared more than a thousand times on social media claims to show photos of the Philippine cities of Manila and Davao. The claims are incorrect: the image purporting to be of Manila is of a slum in Mumbai, while the one purporting to be of Davao is of a business district in Manila.

The post, published here February 7, 2019 and shared nearly 2,000 times, shows two photos: one is labeled “MANILA” and has rundown buildings, while the other says “DAVAO” and shows skyscrapers.

Below is a screenshot of the photos:

Screenshot of Facebook post

The post's caption, when translated into English, says: “To those arrogant people from Manila whichever way you look at it you still have no match for Davao City. Davao City is still richer than Manila.”

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and in the nation’s north, while Davao city is located in the south and is the hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. 

A reverse image search traced the photo labeled “MANILA” back to an account on Flickr, an online photo-sharing platform. 

Here is a screenshot of the photo, which was taken February 22, 2008:

Screenshot of image

The caption on Flickr says the picture shows Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai.

The original photo and the misleading image contain the same key details: a blue steel bridge with clothes draped on it, a low wall in the foreground and a person in a white shirt crossing the bridge.

A reverse image search traced the photo labeled “DAVAO” back to a post on a real estate site called HOPPLER magazine.

Below is a screenshot of the September 2, 2015 post:

Screenshot of website

The title of the article is: “9 Reasons Why You Should Move to BGC”. BGC refers to Bonifacio Global City, an area that is close to the Philippine capital Manila.

The same part of Bonifacio Global City can be seen on Google Earth.

The misleading photo and the Google Earth image contain these same key features:

1 - a building with the name “Sun Life”

2 - Twin buildings with blue facades

3 - A building with slanted lines

Here is the Google Earth image:

Screenshot of image

Here is the misleading image:

Screenshot of image