August 1945 – James Fahey’ Diary

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
USS Montpelier From: The Secret Diary of an American Sailor, Seaman First Class, James J. Fahey aboard the USS Montpelier : 2 August – All hands rose at 4:30 am because of storm warnings, the ships turned back 110 miles from Shanghai.  A typhoon is heading towards our position.  We will then travel south…

Limahong Invaded the Philippines – Part III

Originally posted on Subli:
Limahong Fort – Photo Credit: Watawat.net Foiled in his attempt to establish a kingdom in Manila, Limahong set sail for Lingayen Gulf, to settle in Pangasinan province. As a rich place and far enough from the reach of the Spaniards and the Chinese emperor, Limahong decided he would stay in Pangasinan…

Dr. Jose Rizal – The Philippine National Hero

Originally posted on Subli:
Jose Rizal Monument at Luneta Park by Flcikr One hundred twenty-two years ago, on Dec. 30, 1896, Dr. Jose Rizal, the greatest Filipino patriot, was shot by firing squad at the order of the Spanish military in Manila. ? Dr. Rizal was born on June 19. 1861 in Calamba, Laguna. His…

Parol – Philippine symbol of Christmas

Originally posted on Subli:
An old Christmas card (1973) from a relative in the Philippines The symbol of Christmas in the Philippines is not the Christmas Tree but the Parol that probably had its origins in the Mexican’s piñata. While parols come in all sizes, in Pampanga, the electric parols in later years stand 20…

Other Spanish Expeditions to the Philippines

Originally posted on Subli:
? After Ferdinand Magellan, other Spanish expeditions were dispatched to the Philippines over the next decades. In 1543, Ruy Lopez de Villalobos gave the name Las Islas Filipinas to the islands of Samar and Leyte. However, it was not until 1565 that the Spaniards, under Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, founded a…

Let’s Go Surfing

Originally posted on Eden (Beedie) Grace Parker:
I’ve always admired surfers. They missed a dose of that healthy fear that most of us are born with. Part of my admiration is envy. How fun would it be to ride waves “like that.” But it’s the sharks, sand up your suit, and swirling underwater for hours…