Thomas Cavendish – The Third Circumnavigator of the Earth

  Sir Thomas Cavendish, also spelled Candish, was an English explorer baptized on September 19, 1560 at Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk, England and died c. May 1592 in the North Atlantic. Cavendish was a privateer known as “The Navigator”. He accompanied Sir Richard Grenville’s voyage to America (1585) and, upon returning to England, undertook an … More Thomas Cavendish – The Third Circumnavigator of the Earth

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

The Philippines Independence Day – True Fact

June 12 is the Philippine Independence Day, recognized through Proclamation No. 28 signed by then President Diosdado Macapagal on May 12, 1962 citing Emilio Aguinaldo’s establishment of the Philippine Republic from Spain. Congress then formally designated June 12 as the date of Philippine independence by passing Republic Act No. 4166 in 1964. Despite what Aguinaldo … More The Philippines Independence Day – True Fact

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