Batanes – The Philippine’s northernmost remote islands

This photo of Batanes is courtesy of TripAdvisor Beyond the northern tip of Luzon is the mountainous Batanes, Home of the Winds, and the Philippine’s smallest province, both in land area and population. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the east and the South China Sea on the west, the islands are lashed by gale-force … More Batanes – The Philippine’s northernmost remote islands

The Galleon Trade

    The Manila Galleons were Spanish trading ships which linked the Philippines with Mexico when both were part of the New Spain. Until 1821, the Philippines was administered by the Viceroy of Mexico; direct rule by Spain only started in 1821. The Manila-Acapulco galleon trade began when Spanish navigators Andres de Urdaneta and Alonso … More The Galleon Trade

Philippine Sea – What, Where and Its Place in the Philippine History

The blue area is the Philippine Sea. To its left is the Philippine Islands.   Can you visualize the location of the Philippine Sea within the vast Pacific Ocean? The long elongated island to the extreme middle left is The Philippines. Philippine Sea is a section of the western North Pacific, lying east and north … More Philippine Sea – What, Where and Its Place in the Philippine History

Historic Vigan, A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Vigan, the provincial capital of Ilocos Sur in Luzon northwest region on the Mestizo River, was built by the Spaniards in 1572, their third oldest settlement on the islands after Cebu and Intramuros. Unlike Intramuros, it was never fortified. It has some of the Philippine’s best remaining Spanish colonial architecture. Before the Spanish arrived, trade … More Historic Vigan, A UNESCO World Heritage Site

A New Specie of Ancient Human Discovered in the Philippines

  The landmark discovery announced in Nature on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 makes Luzon the third Southeast Asian island in the last 15 years to bear signs of ancient human activity. Homo luzonensis, a newly discovered human specie unknown to science, was found in Callao Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan in northern Philippines. The specie is … More A New Specie of Ancient Human Discovered in the Philippines

Butuan, the oldest Philippine settlement and the Balangays

  Before there was Philippines, there was already Butuan, a formal settlement along the banks of Agusan River which maybe the site of the oldest human settlement in the Philippines. Being an archipelago, the Philippines from the beginning is a seafaring nation. Because of Butuan’s location, the Butuanos were skilled boat builders and expert seafarers. … More Butuan, the oldest Philippine settlement and the Balangays

Balangay, a 4th Century Boat Discovered in the Philippines.

Balangay Replica sailing in Manila Bay (AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)   The balangay was the first wooden watercraft excavated in Southeast Asia and is evidence of early Filipino craftsmanship and their seamanship skills during the pre-colonial times. The oldest known balangay was carbon dated to 320 AD by the … More Balangay, a 4th Century Boat Discovered in the Philippines.