16th-Century Cebu-Manila Parallelisms to be Discussed
Posted on 23 June 2021
By NQC Secretariat
In this fifth Araw ng Maynila Lecture, historian Ambeth Ocampo asks why is it that when we talk of Manila today, we often do so in the past tense? Long before Metro-Manila, Greater Manila, there was Spanish Manila that was literally the capital city within the walls hence Intramuros. Manila was already there when the Spanish occupied it 450 years ago. The foundation of Spanish Cebu was heralded by the finding of the image of the Santo Niño and the foundation of Spanish Manila by the finding of the image of the Nuestra Señora de Guia. What should we remember about the foundation of Manila, how should we remember?
The Araw ng Maynila Lecture Series is in commemoration of the 450th anniversary of the founding of the City of Manila and in observance of the Year of Filipino Pre-Colonial Ancestors, spearheaded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila, in partnership with the National Quincentennial Committee, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and Intramuros Administration.