Manila at Night stands apart from the artist's more prolific compositions. Deviating from the usual theme of sun-drenched sceneries, the present work is dramatic in its play of shadow and light. Against the twilight sky, figures are huddled by the fire. In the center of the picture plane stands a woman protectively carrying her sleeping child. Although her back faces the viewer, she is undoubtedly the painting's focal point, being the only brightly-illuminated figure. Contrasting beautifully with the shadows around it, the flaming orange scarf on her head echoes the hue of the waning sunlight. It is interesting to note that this work, dated 1941, was executed during World War II, when the Pacific War extended to the Philippines. By depicting the strength of women in their simple but courageous role as nurturer and caregiver, as he did in Maid of Bataan, 1942, it appears that amid the darkness of war, for Amorsolo, a glimmer of hope remains.