Galleon Andalucia Docks at the Port of Maasin City, Southern Leyte, Philippines
We learned from our Philippine History classes that Andalucia was the first ship to circumnavigate the world.
We have now this chance of seeing a replica of that 17th century galleon ship. It has been to other parts of the Philippines and probably its next destination will be your hometown. For those who cannot see Galleon Andalucia in person, here are some photos for you.
Galleon Andalucia is 51 meters long and is approximately 40 feet in height.
If you are planning to go and see the galleon, be at the port early since the visitors are accommodated by batches. You may have to wait a little longer outside the terminal before you finally reach your destination which is Galleon Andalucia.
Interviewing the crew members might be an impossibility because of the huge crowd that they have to attend to. Visitors are given approximately 15 minutes inside the ship; hence, you will have to do the picture-taking as quickly as possible.
Galleon Andalucia accommodates visitors from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. It will be in Maasin City, Southern Leyte, Philippines until November 6, 2010. There is no entrance fee.
Galleon Andalucia at night.
My encounter with Galleon Andalucia may have been short-lived, but it was something that will encourage me to learn more about Philippine History. I am sure it had the same impact on the students who paid a visit to the galleon.
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Rhodora also writes at WARAYBLOGGER.com