Languages of the Philippines

Originally posted on Subli:
Two kinds of ancient Filipino writing with approximate English equivalents  About 87 different languages and dialects are spoken in the Philippines. The ten main ones are: Tagalog, spoken in Batangas, Manila, Mindoro, and most of Luzon; Sugbuhanon, in Cebu, and parts of Mindanao; Hiligaynon, in Negros Occidental and Iloilo; Samarnon, in…

Battle of Bankusay Channel and Macabebe

Originally posted on Subli:
Battle of Bankusay, Painting by Dan Dizon. Courtesy of JDN Center for Kapampangan Studies.  Bankusay refers to the Bankusay creek located off the north shore of Manila Bay. It was here where the bloody Battle of Bankusay took place in 1571, a battle which would immortalize the heroism and extraordinary courage…

The Emperor’s Speech

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Emperor Hirohito recording his speech 13 August –  two ships, the Pennsylvania and the La Grange were hit by kamikaze carrier planes. All ships in Okinawa harbors were shipped out to ensure their safety. Although the Emperor was at this point demanding peace, the complicated arrangement of their government (Emperor, Premier,…

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

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? 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…