As of this writing, Galeon Andalucia has two remaining days left here in Manila before sailing to the port of Cebu City on Sunday noon. To the would-be visitantes surfing the net for more infos on how to get there, let me help you. The ship is docked at Pier 13, South Harbor which is just beside the Manila Hotel. Enter through the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal and from thereon walk the vast expanse of the busy harbor leading to Pier 13. Almost like a kilometer walk! Along the way, stop by and register first at the PPA office which also showcases a lot of goods and exhibits for the Dia Del Galeon Festival 2010. The galleon by the way, can only accommodate up to a hundred pasajeros so everybody must wait for their turn to board.
Now for a little what’s-what about Galeon Andalucia, we’ll have to go back to high school History class.
Long before Manny Pacquiao was trading punches with Eric Morales and the other Mexicanos, the Philippines was trading it out with Mexico in the 1600s. What’s so special about Philippine goods? Exotic items such as porcelain, silk, gold and spice which were precious to the Mexicans and Europeans. This is where Galeon Andalucia comes in. The medium that connected Seville, Manila and Acapulco. You can say Globalization was an old idea?
This replica of the 17th century Galeon Andalucia was built by the Fundacion Nao Victoria, a non-profit organization from Spain which is responsible for the creation of historical ships for exhibition to the public around the world.