Whenever we hear the name General Douglas MacArthur, the first thing that comes to our mind was the promise he made after he was forced to leave the Philippines in 1942 which is the famous “I shall return”. He was able to realize this oath on October 20, 1944. It is one of the most remarkable events not only here in the Philippines but of United States as well. Hence, both countries commemorate the Leyte Gulf Landing or more popularly known as Leyte Gulf Landing every 20th day of October. It had been written down on history as the turning point of the World War II, we have read about it since grade school but there are still so many things we don’t know about this momentous event and the person who became the symbol of our liberation from the oppression of Japanese Empire. So let me take you back to one of the darkest time in the history of mankind and let us get to know the man who did not only changed the course of World War II, but of the entire world’s future as well. [Read more…]
Lapu-Lapu is known to be the first Filipino hero who fought and won against the Spanish colonization yet just like many other Filipino heroes who fought vigorously for our freedom, he is given a little regard. Most of us only knew him as one of the Datus of Mactan in the Visayas who killed the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the battle of Mactan in April 27, 1521 wherein the heavily armed Spaniards (with lances, swords, crossbows, and muskets) were defeated by Lapu-lapu’s warriors armed with iron swords, bows, and “bamboo” spears.
As the Philippines’ first known hero, Filipinos ought to know more about the bravery of Datu Lapu-Lapu and learn how did we win the battle of Mactan against the Spanish conquistadors. [Read more…]
Tacloban City – The San Juanico Bridge connecting the provinces of Samar and Leyte is one of the monumental projects under Former President Ferdinand Marcos’ administration. It is known to be the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater with the length of 2.162 kilometers (1.34 mi) and width of 10.620 meters supported by 43 spans.
Since its completion in December 1972, the bridge has greatly helped the economy not only of both provinces connected but of the entire country.
It also attracted tourists because of the picturesque view it offers. I can still remember the feeling of my first visit there with my classmates in college. We went there to celebrate one of our classmates’ birthday. It was so exciting and scary at the same time. The view was so beautiful especially with the effects that the setting sun gave to the place but some of us can’t help but scream every time a bus or big trucks would pass because the bridge would shake a little. We also tried to count the whirlpools under the bridge but we gave up because height made us dizzy. [Read more…]