Ports o' Call, Ship's Library

Notes from Mactan

June 30th, 2015 by

May 10th-14th, 2015 Visiting the Island of Mactan and Cebu is useful in understanding the background and geography of this dynamic location along the route of the first recorded circumnavigation. What is now Magellan Bay is pretty much the same as described by the expedition chronicler Antonio Pigafetta in his account of the Battle of […]

Santo del Niño

June 21st, 2015 by

This is a replica of the Santo del Niño, a Flemish-made doll of the infant Jesus given by Magellan to Rajah Humabon’s wife after a mass baptismal in what is the present day Cebu City. Forty-four years to the day after Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan across the water from Cebu Harbor, […]

Magellan’s Cross

June 21st, 2015 by

“From time immemorial this spot has been set aside to commemorate the erection of a cross in Cebu by the expedition of Magellan. When King Humabon of Cebu and his Queen, son and daughters, together with some 800 of their subjects were baptized by Father Pedro Valderrama. This hallowed site was improved in 1735 by […]

The Philippines

October 1st, 2013 by

The retracing voyage will begin the journey in the Philippines where Magellan was killed. The voyage will begin here as this is the core of the commingling of European and Asian cultures resonating through the centuries to the present day. The European perspective on this commingling has been the primary history taught in schools in […]