Philippine History

Manila, Cebu City, Vigan

Philippine history can be described as “300 years in a convent and 50 years in Hollywood”. This nation of 7,000+ islands was colonised by the Spaniards for 333 years and by the Americans for almost half a century. Several landmarks across the country remain standing — with their walls, pillars, and grounds echoing stories of the Philippines’ tragic and triumphant past.

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Considered the political, educational, and religious center of the Spanish Empire in the Philippines and the historic core of Manila, Intramuros used to be an opulent walled city, strategically located along the Manila Bay. It was the seat of Spanish rule from the late 16th century to the 19th century. The walls were constructed between 1590 and 1872, encompassing what was then the entire city of Manila.

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  • Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Magellan's Cross

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Cebu City, Philippines • Wishlist • 

The site is said to be the exact location where Portuguese Magellan planted the cross upon his arrival in Cebu in March 1521. As stated on the marker at the bottom of the cross, the original artifact is encased inside the wooden Tindalo cross. The painted ceiling illustrates this historic event.

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Calle Crisologo

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Vigan, Philippines • Wishlist • 

Named after a well-loved Ilocano politician and writer Mena Crisologo, Calle Crisologo is a well-preserved Spanish-era street lined with heritage houses or bahay na bato. The cobblestone street, stretching from Plaza Burgos to Rivero Street, was historically the business and trade center of North Luzon in the pre-colonial and Spanish colonial Philippines and where most of the residents were affluent Filipino-Chinese traders and merchants.

  • Mena Crisologo Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

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About Philippines

The 7,107 islands of the Pearl of the Orient Seas boast of cultures, language, sounds, and sights that are as lively as its people

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