Tag: history

Travel Porn: Easter Island, Chile

Located at the Heart of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island, otherwise known as “Rapa Nui,” sits 2336 miles west of Santiago, Chile. It is considered to be one of the most remote islands on Earth; “Navel of the World,” some would call it. Read more →

Desperate to Ride an Iron Dinosaur

Frankly, I have never rode a train before in my entire life. Yes. Count those miniature trains and mall trains where you get to pay Php50 for a ride around the mall – scratch those out. LRT? MRT? Nah. It never crossed my mind. I was more of a cab fanatic and now, I’m a jeepney lover! 8) Part of my Bacolod itinerary was to visit the Central Azucarera de La Carlota Iron Dinosaurs – that was scheduled to be for a day so that I could have that “time of my life” with the sugar milling and the visit with the trains that is. Read more →

Lapu Lapu Monument: The Mactan Shrine

Of course, when I was younger, I made fun of Lapu Lapu because his name is similar to that of a fish. But anyway, I should know better than to pay more respect to these people. Lapu-Lapu or Kali Pulako or Cali Pulaco, was the ruler of Mactan, an island in the Visayas, Philippines, who is known as the first native of the archipelago to have resisted the Spanish colonization. Read more →

Embracing History: A Look at Basilica de Santo Nino de Minor

The Basilica de Santo Niño de Minor is a 16th Century Church in Cebu City which was the first to be built out of earth, nipa, and hard wood. Later, it was remodeled with hard stone. The church was built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño, a sculpture depicting the Holy Child Jesus found by Spanish explorers in 1565, which was preserved in a burned wooden box that was left behind during the 1521 Magellan expedition. Read more →

Under Magellan’s Cross

March 16, 1521: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan landed on Cebu and on April  21, 1521, he planted the Christian Cross, now known as “Magellan’s Cross” to signify the conversion from paganism to Roman Catholic faith. It is found inside a small chapel or a “kiosk” along Magallanes Street, near the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño and across the City Hall of Cebu.  However, the original cross is encased in another wooden cross to preserve it. Read more →

A Peek at The Taoist Temple in Cebu

“Beverly Hills, Philippines” – sounds odd, right? Haha. Well, the Taoist temple, found in Lahug, Cebu, was built in 1972 along the Beverly Hills Subdivision, a wealthy residential suburb north of downtown Cebu. This temple is the center of worship for “Taoism” – a religion following the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tze. Read more →

Day 8: Getting Too Excited

It has been a week and all that I could think of is sharing a bus ride with a complete stranger going through the roads of Asia. Several nights already had passed and it seems like only yesterday that I said to myself that I am pretty much sure that I will travel the world before I turn 30. I’m currently 21 and yes I am sort of in a position to make everything work well. Read more →