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Tradewinds

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The Chinese junks travelled during the northeast monsoon around March to the Philippines and Indonesia, then around June the traders rode the southwest monsoon back.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

When the earth quaked in 1645

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The heritage churches of Bohol brought to ruin by an earthquake remain as they are a year after they were toppled. These churches are now history and will be remembered only through photographs and memory.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Rusontsubo,’ Luzon jars

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When Francesco Carletti arrived in Nagasaki from Manila in June 1597, customs police boarded the vessel and asked the passengers and crew to declare any pottery they had on them. There were many names for these jars (“tsubo”) but the customs officers were searching for jars from Luzon (or “rusontsubo”) with the same zeal and diligence that customs officers today would look for contraband: drugs, laundered money, ivory, and porn.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hideyoshi’s elephant, 1597

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A few years ago I wrote about Chulalongkorn’s elephants, bronze ones, gifted by the King of Siam to Java and Singapore as souvenirs of his visits in 1871.

Posted: October 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Martyrs of Nagasaki

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Nagasaki was one of Japan’s major trading ports, one of a handful open to foreign trade long before the atomic bomb was dropped on the city in 1945. Visitors interested in World War II are brought to the Atomic Bomb Museum (the No. 1 attraction, according to TripAdvisor), and from there they can go to related sites like: the hypocenter of the blast now marked with a simple black stone pillar, the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and the Nagasaki Peace Park.

Posted: October 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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