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

Getting Accepted Gastronomically in the Philippines

Westerners have been present in the Philippines for over four hundred years, and many Filipinos are aware that a Westerner’s ways are different. You see it more prominent when a Filipino married a Westerner. The outgoing hospitality of Filipinos, along with their willingness to adapt to foreign guests, make it too easy for them to … More Getting Accepted Gastronomically in the Philippines

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