Revisiting the galleon trade
By Izah Morales, Yahoo! Southeast Asia
The Galeon Andalucia finally arrived in the Philippines on Oct. 6, 2010 after a day of delay due to strong winds encountered from Hong Kong. It was docked at Pier 13 in South Harbor, Manila.
The history of the galleon trade traced its roots in the 16th century when Spain embarked on a worldwide exploration. It made Manila the most important port in Asia, bridging Asia to Europe and the Americas. On Oct. 8, 1565 , Fray Andres de Urdaneta discovered the tournaviaje, which was the return route from the Philippines to America. It proved that the world was not flat and could be navigated in two directions.
The Philippines is this year’s host of the Dia del Galeon Festival, which UNESCO institutionalized at its General Conference in Paris last year. The festival commemorates the glorious past of the galleon trade, which made the world a global village.
Filipinos residing in Luzon can visit the 51-meter-long replica on Oct. 7-8, 2010 from 8:00 am-12:00 nn and 1:00-4:00 pm. On Oct. 9, it will only be opened from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.
Thirty high school students from Aurora will be joining the Spanish crew for the Viaje del Galeon, a four-day educational trip from Manila to Cebu on Oct. 9-12.
Reposted From Izah Morales of Yahoo! Southeast Asia