|Dili's iconic Cristo Rei, a 27-meter statue of Jesus Christ on top of a mountain.|
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Fidel Castro is finally dead. It was an eventuality that I have been waiting to happen since I arrived in Havana in February 2008 as a wide-eyed year-old Foreign Service Officer. Having been raised in a middle class household and educated in a pro-American educational system that saw only evil in Communism, I am not a Fidel Castro fan. Never was. Never have been. And I see much commonality with the Cuban diaspora who yearn to be back to their homeland.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Interwoven flags: Cuba and the Philippines (source: CubavsBloqueo).
Sunday, February 28, 2016
|The great rebellion of the Manila Datus in 1587-1588, led by no other than Legazpi's own creole grandson.|
The necessity of moving people between the Spanish colonies of New Spain (Mexico) and the Philippine Islands was not just economic in nature (lack of skilled manpower) but also due to brewing political upheavals. The first recorded arrival of natives from the Philippines to Mexico was necessitated by the first big revolt against Spanish colonizers in Manila led by almost all local datus or chieftains of note in 1587-1588. One of the chief organizers was no other than the mestizo grandson of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, whose hispanized name was Agustin de Legazpi. He was the product of the marriage between the son of a Tondo prince (one of the brothers of Tondo Chief Rajah Lakandula) and Legazpi's daughter. Despite being of mixed race, he identified himself with the natives and was appalled by the mistreatment of his brethren by the Spanish colonizers.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
|Tarascan family in the Island of Janitzio honor their ancestors with offerings.|