Monday, May 4, 2009

Comparisons Across Oceans...

I always wonder what to answer when people ask me: "What is the Philippines like?" Hmm. How should I sum it up? Is it even a possibility to do so in a few sentences?

When my other half finally made it to Manila, he said to me..."I feel like I'm in Acapulco". WOW. After having been to Mexico multiple times prior to his arrival in the Philippines, it took him saying that for me to come to my own realization as well. I've always felt a strong pull to Mexico and its culture and its people. Could it possibly be because it is so much like the Philippines in more ways than one???

I am hoping that a few photos will provide a more accurate description of the similarities between the two worlds. At least it will do more justice than the adjectives I can come up with. Take a guess where each shot was taken...

So throughout our relationship, we have constantly explored the similarities between our two cultures. Crazy enough, we even found out that the Filipino language, Tagalog, has a few hundred words that stem from the indigenous language of Nahuatl. I always knew that the Spaniards left their mark on both our countries, but never would have thought that the pre-colonization vocabulary would make it's way to the Philippines and into the language. My favorite of which is def
initely Tiyangge (Nahuatl: Tianquiztli; Mexican Spanish: Tianguis) :)

The Manila-Acapulco Galleons certainly left their mark.

So who knows, maybe it won't be so hard for me to adjust to life in Mexico after all! :)


  1. OMG! It does looks like Mexico A LOT!
    I've always wanted to travel to Filipinas but after reading your post I can't wait to go there. Espero hacerlo pronto :)

    Completely agree with your hubbie, by the amazing pictures you show here, it *feels* like Acapulco. (hermoso)


  2. Jo, que hermoso blog! Como todo lo que haces. Felicidades! Un beso fuerte, Lore

  3. thank you ladies! glad you enjoy it :)