Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Philippines Before Magellan

What was life like in the Philippines before its discovery on March 16, 1521, or is it March 17? Who discovered Pigafetta’s failure to register their fleet’s passage across the International Dateline before reaching Cebu? Was he the chronicler that committed this error of omission? Does it really matter?

When Ferdinand Magellan and his crew reached the shores of the place they named Islas de San Lazaro, did they even know there were 7,107 islands considered as one country? I’m sure the natives didn’t even realize they had an archipelago for a nation–they probably were just group of islands to them. They even spoke different dialects that did not help in unifying the different tribal groups. Should you wonder then that Magellan encountered warring tribes?  Remember then that the ancient time was so far way from the modern technology we have now.  Think hard and envision how travel and communication worked in a place as fragmented as what we now know as one nation of Filipinos…if this notion even existed then.

People that came to trade with them thought the one or two islands they have seen were already what comprised the entire country. Magellan’s ‘Las Islas Filipinas’ (or is it Felipinas or Felipenas?) may had only been the surrounding islands of Samar-Leyte-Cebu areas. The Panay Island may had been discovered by another group who had named Ilo-ilo from Ilong-Ilong as the island resembled a nose to them. How much of this is a legend or reality depends on the documentation you encountered and you perceived as reliable.

We have no solid written history before the Spaniards came. Despite some semblance of literacy present at in that era, it was enough for them to have the necessary communication as probably just means of day-to-day survival…akin to the jungle survival we have to let others know I’d-been-here kind of thing, or I have extra ‘kamote’ (sweet yam) from my garden and help yourself if you are a hungry traveler. They  had only bamboos and leaves for materials used…how long could they last?

Strategically speaking, Chinese may had landed in Mindoro and called it Ma’i, which simply means ‘south of China’ and at some point discovered the bigger island they called ‘Lui Sung’ and what is now known as Luzon. By the same token, some Europeans may have landed in some smaller islands that were not even documented.

In the course of your research you will come across information that would somehow satisfy the gaps in our history classes. Have fun with whatever could peak your curiosity, but let the fire of love keep burning in your heart…thus, read the easy: A Korean and the Philippines

http://myspamblog.wordpress.com/2008/05/13/a-korean-and-the-philippines/

If you walk down the streets of anywhere you are in the Philippines, remember what many scholars and historians wrote about our country, but be proud that among the ordinary Filipinos eking their own living–we still have the time to help each other for the love of our country…Philippines or otherwise: We are one!

Note: See my other post here: Different Names of the Philippines.

Originally posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com

Where Dreams Come True

Disneyland is synonymous to Fairylandia in every Filipino vocabulary–from the time of growing up days to learning the use of computer when the internet brings the magic of Disney to the home. So commercialized…yet still a dream destination to some who finally have the chance to come close to its entrance. There’s Hong Kong Disney that’s a little closer to the Philippines and therefore a favorite dream destination for those who can afford, but when there’s a chance to make it to the U.S.–Florida or California–Disneyland is in the list of must-see places.

Florida might be the ultimate Disney, but if you are in Anaheim, California, and just 10 min away, then Disney destination it is. My niece was lucky enough to have more time this summer than when she just got here a year ago from the Philippines. Here’s her day at Disneyland with her younger cousin. To me Disney has already lost her magic, and I don’t do more than being just the drop-off and pick-up chauffer.

I should say there’s a free area that you can walk around…even with free parking if you don’t exceed 3 hours. It’s a good deal for those who really wouldn’t care for the rides and would just need a peek to the wonders of Disney. That’s as far I would suggest one should go, but that’s just me. The real experience begins when you pay for it.

There she is…with her smile, ready to blend in with the crowd–dream no more!

Not a bad place to take the kids for a couple of hours and walk off their energy.

Ever tried going in here?…uh, too bad there are still lots of things to see around.

Teen-agers could have fun, too…tons of rides to choose from after the fun walk.

Not just teen-agers and kids…maybe business associates might like it, too.

 

However, the real fun begins when you get to the rides where you can have choices from the kiddie stuff to the scary ones. It might take you the entire day until you drop….You want to get the most of what you pay for. Anaheim residents can still get a lower prices of $46.00 or $56 for two days which you can use within 30 days. Otherwise, you’ll pay the full prize of $86 I believe.

Since we are only 10 minutes away from it, we tried to schedule the activity in such a way that my niece and company could go out of the park and have lunch at our place for a tiny fraction or resort charges…then go back in the afternoon. That break allowed them not only to save  a bundle but also recharge to last until the closing time that usually culminates with the magic of firework dislay. 

Who doesn’t want to see Cinderella’s pink castle? Appealing to all young and old.

And, just to prove the appeal to all kinds of people from all walks of life–smile!

Little tea cups for the kids…nope! Of course, for the adults and teen-agers, too.

This was even my favorite, going around the theme park and looking down on it!

Another of my favorite…Tom Sawyer’s cruise line. If only it would last–aahhh!

Not anymore for me but the fun at Disneyland could continue for the rest of ’em.

Mary Poppins and escort are not busy…it’s time for a souvenir picture–quick!!!

Had this fire truck ever served its purpose before? Hmm…may need to research.

 

When one gets tired from wandering around, it’s a chance to get in line and find some place to sit down for a little while. This time the Safari Jungle seems to be a restful stop-over; what could be better than a boat ride?

A boat ride is a fabulous way to rest your feet while the eyes continue to feast!!!

This must be a trophy for one hunter who proved to be mightier than the beast.

Who wants to enter the lions’ den? Is it bonding time…the Lion King family of 4?

Where giraffes and zebras roam…a perfect picture of tranquility & co-existence.

Must be fun ride with dumbo in the jungle…looking so alive, posing like a king. 

In the green green river…gently swim with Hippo, the snorting hippopotamus.

Sneaky snake as he blends in with the tree roots…lost in its silvery color. Eeehh!

 

Then we go down yonder…where the pirates hide. The hidden life of booze, women, and wealth. Was this the ultimate life of fun and joy? Where could we find some left-over treasures? Would it be in this secret passage

Discover the pirates’ secret passage as we start from this house at the entrance.

As we follow the course of the river,… only little lights punctuate the darkness!

This must be the ship that takes them to places outside their world of wonders.

Are they ever home when they’re not out in the sea?  Is there a need for sleep???

What’s their market like? Can you tell how their day in the ‘mercado’ goes at all?

La Cantina? What a life! What could have been their contributions to this world?

What now? Is this some ceremonial gathering of some sort, or just death march?

Where could these treasures be? Is it sunken somewhere for you and me to find?

I don’t want to be like her… before I could find the pirates’ legacy to civilization.

 

Time for late lunch and a much needed rest…keep that hand stamped as a pass to come back later for the parade. Yes…there’s a parade of Disney characters later. We woudn’t want to miss all the wonderful stuff. Then 4pm came and time to be back at Disneyland grounds. (Videos will be posted when I have the time to learn the wonderful ins and outs of it.)

Here comes the parade…with everyone lined up on the streets waiting patiently!

Can you find Alice in her Wonderland…see the other side of blue wonder worm?

How can Ariel not have fun? Up, up in the air after being hidden down the ocean.

Ursula with her monstrous charm…what would Ariel’s life without her? Heaven!

Beautiful seaweeds…colorfully floating on the ocean and playing with the waves.

Time to say thank you for the magical day…California Adventure in another day!

 

Originally posted @ https://zylla3.wordpress.com.