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The Quirino Grandstand in Manila City

Right in the heart of Manila City lies a historical site, surrounded by other landmarks of equal historic importance. Intramuros, the Rizal Park and Manila Hotel, just some of the surrounding structures. We’re talking about a venue which followed the name of the Filipino President who first held his inauguration ceremonies therein — the Quirino Grandstand. Right off the bat, before proceeding any further to read the entire article, what comes to  your mind when your hear “Quirino Grandstand”? Continue reading The Quirino Grandstand in Manila City

Manila Hotel: A Historical Landmark

General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander of the U.S. Armed Forces Far East (USAFFE), lived at the Manila Hotel. His comfortable stay was disrupted by the Japanese when it attacked Pearl Harbor on 8 December 1941, reaching the Philippines shortly thereafter. With the Philippine defenses crumbling, Gen. MacArthur retreated to Corregidor then to Australia in 1942, where he made his famous vow: “I shall return”. He surely had a real good reason to do that, but I figure he was also thinking of his luxurious home, the Manila Hotel. Continue reading Manila Hotel: A Historical Landmark

Monument of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Andres Urdaneta (Intramuros)

Monuments are meant to commemorate something of historical importance to a place and its people. I always pass through a monument outside of Intramuros (known as the Anda Circle), fronting the Manila Hotel along Roxas Boulevard, and I wonder who these people are or what the monument is about. A quick search yielded the information that it’s a monument of Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Fr. Andres de Urdaneta, commemorating their landing in the Philippine Islands in 1565. Continue reading Monument of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Andres Urdaneta (Intramuros)