The 2012 Philippines photo tour is off and running. We spent our first two days in Manila and I didn’t have a moment to blog, so I’ll be posting images a few days behind.
We always start our Philippines photo tour in Manila’s historic heart; the walled city of Intramuros, and who better to guide us than Greg Dorris, Manila’s most accomplished, educated and interesting historian/anthropologist.
As a rule, when I have local guides in a particular country, I always apologetically inform them that they might be in the middle of an explanation and suddenly find themselves alone, as our photo-obsessed tour guests slip away to take a photo. This is never the case with Greg, everyone listens intently, because he has a way of making Philippine history come alive. Every year I hear Greg’s explanations, I learn something new and interesting.
Below are some images of Greg leading the tour through St. Augustine Church, the oldest stone structure in the Philippines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates from 1607.
Jose Rizal is remembered today throughout the Philippines for his brilliance, his courage, his peaceful resistance to tyranny, and his compassion. Filipino school children study his final literary work, a poem called Mi Ultimo Adios (“My Last Goodbye”), as well as his two famous novels.
Spurred on by Rizal’s martyrdom, the Philippine Revolution continued until 1898. With assistance from the United States, the Philippine archipelago was able to defeat the Spanish army. The Philippines declared its independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. It was the first democratic republic in Asia.
Be sure to check this page later, as I’ll be adding images.