Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, November 8, 2010

#92 A Spanish Galleon in Manila?

A real Spanish galleon in Manila? Yup. And it's not 1521!

We were on Pier 13, at the port of Manila, perched in awe beside this beautiful wooden replica of a Spanish galleon. It was built in Spain, sailed across the Pacific Ocean, and docked in the Philippines on a mission of discovery and friendship. From here we were told they will proceed to Cebu and then Bohol, places where a common history is shared between our countries.

The throngs to get onboard were long beyond imagination but we were lucky to be in front of the line. The galleon itself wasn't huge but walking its deck transported us several hundred years into the past. It's the closest experience to time travel if you could manage it! Find yourself such an opportunity and don't think twice. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: The wooden hull was smooth and mildly glossy. Due to the direction of the light, I had to use a polarizer to "lift the reflections." That saturated the colors somewhat and revealed details that would otherwise be lost. Don't leave home without it.)

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