November 10 - Field Trip with my III-6 ladies! Although the field trip was just around Manila, it was more fun than I expected. To start the day off, I woke up extra early and met up with some of my friends in Mcdonald’s Katip to have breakfast. We went to school together at around 6 and left for Mind Museum in Taguig at 7.
Doing the III-6 pose! This was taken while we were waiting to go in the museum.
In the 19th Century, the natives of the Philippines and the Chinese were trading with each other. There weren’t planes or delivery companies like FedEx then so they went themselves to trade. What did they use? Chinese Junks.
As for the Manila-Acapulco trade, the Spaniards used the Galleon as a shipping vessel.
This interesting contraption here is what you call an Astrolabe. It was used by early explorers to measure the distance of celestial bodies for navigation. Cool right?
Basically, the theory proposed by Nicolaus Copernicus (how come no one has awesome names like that anymore?) was that the sun was the center of the universe.
Galileo. I think everyone knows that name. Galileo was a scientist who concluded that the speed of a falling object follows a mathematical law. What that law was, I will not delve into details anymore.
One of the three laws of Johannes Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion states that The orbit of every planet is an ellipse with the sun at a focus.
After the Mind Museum, we headed for the Lights and Sounds Museum and contrary to how most people found it to be, I thought it was AMAZING. Sadly, I have no photos of the place because photography wasn’t allowed.
Our third stop was the San Agustin Church and Museum and can I just say, it was breathtaking. The place was just beautiful.
The type of architecture the church had was Baroque because it had a separate bell tower. The bell’s tower fell at one point but they were never able to put it back and so it is on display in one of the museum’s exhibit rooms.
The church, being Baroque, was designed to withstand earthquakes but sadly it’s design failed the bell tower in the earthquake that hit the Philippines in 1863 (cause of why the bell fell).
Though there is no photo for this, the Spain’s endeavor to explore the world affected the culture of the natives living in the Philippines not just through religion, but through food and lifestyle as well.
One of the Religious orders that came to the Philippines were the Augustinians.
The Philippines was not the only country Spain spread religion to, though. Two other countries were influence by Spain which is Peru and China. The people in these countries reacted to the new religion by martyrdom as shown in the photo.
Lastly, we went to Luneta Park and even got there in time to see them change guards stationed there! The sky cleared up just in time because it rained hard just before we left for Luneta.
To sum it all up, the field trip was in one word: enlightening. It might not have been the best we’ve had, but I’ve learned so much more than I thought I would. The country’s history is and always will be an amazing and colorful one. How it came to be that way was because of several factors. Mainly, because of the different people who came and influenced our country. One of those would be the Spaniards and because of them colonizing our country, their history has become part of our history as well. Of course, that would not have happened if not for the Age of Exploration wherein Europe was exploring other parts of the world, including Asia, where the Philippines is.