Tag Archives: Miguel Lopez de Legazpi

History and Beauty in San Agustin Church (Walled City of Intramuros, Manila)

We all have frustrations in life. Some frustrations are legitimate, common to many, while some are petty. It may be difficult to judge because a simple frustration to one may be seriously burdensome to someone else. Like this — it’s extremely frustrating to be in a place of immense beauty and historical value, like the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, without a good camera to capture the moment. Continue reading History and Beauty in San Agustin Church (Walled City of Intramuros, Manila)

The Old Spanish Lighthouse of Corregidor Island

What place on earth is 693 miles from Hongkong, 1,719 miles from Tokyo, 1,497 miles from Singapore, 3,044 miles from Sydney, 6,672 miles from Madrid, and 6,972 miles from San Francisco? It’s 48 kilometers west of Manila and traditionally served as a gateway into this Philippine capital. It’s Corregidor Island. The exact location of the direction marker is the Spanish Lighthouse. The lighthouse has guided mariners for hundreds of years and has seen countless battles and wars, the most destructive of which is World War II. Continue reading The Old Spanish Lighthouse of Corregidor Island

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)

Blood Compact Monument in Bohol

Surprises come from the most unexpected time and place. Minutes after we’ve crossed the bridge from Panglao Island to the main island of Bohol, the driver of the tour van stopped in a gasoline station. This is  not the surprise, if you’re interested to ask, as the driver was simply loading the van with gas in preparation for the whole-day tour of Bohol. Continue reading Blood Compact Monument in Bohol