The Great Promise and the Philippines

On May 14, 1733 Our Lord appeared to Blessed Bernardo de Hoyos. The young Jesuit described the encounter as follows: “After receiving communion, I had the same vision of the Sacred Heart… surrounded by the crown of thorns and with a cross at the top… He made me understand that I was not to taste the riches of this Heart for myself alone, but that … Continue reading The Great Promise and the Philippines

Some Truths about Philippines as a slave-colony of Spain [Part 2]

CHANGES DURING THE BOURBON DYNASTY The new dynasty in Spain had a new point of view. It was no longer the missionary adventure of the Hapsburg, but of the economic progress. Development of man is no longer measured according to his proximity to God, but according to his economic status. This is brought about by the secularistic Enlightenment age and the subsequent Industrial age. During … Continue reading Some Truths about Philippines as a slave-colony of Spain [Part 2]

The Vocation of the Philippines

    The following is a homily preached by a Mexican missionary priest in the Philippines during the Feast of Sto. Niño. In 2017, some European countries (especially Germany ) celebrated the 500th anniversary of the promulgation of Martin Luther’s 95 theses which marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. What, in fact, were they celebrating? According to them, “the rediscovery of the gospel” (that man is … Continue reading The Vocation of the Philippines

Missionaries and Marian: The Inherited Mission

In this special year of 500 years of the Evangelization of the Philippines, let us consider the mission we receive as a nation, a mission which I think we inherited from our Mother Spain. Fr. Julio Meinvielle, in his book Qué Saldrá de la España que Sangra used the image of St. James the Greater, the Apostle who preached the Gospel in Hispania, to describe … Continue reading Missionaries and Marian: The Inherited Mission

Meaning of ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Hispanidad’

Sa madaling sabi, to be Hispanic does not mean cultural uniformity with the Mother Spain or fellow Hispanic countries. The Hispanicity of Argentina, Mexico, Peru, and of course, Filipinas (Philippines) may manifest itself differently (and in fact, each of Hispanic countries have their proper culture), but the spirit is the same, the principles are the same. Continue reading Meaning of ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Hispanidad’

XII. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi: A Monument for Posterity

Today, August 20, 2020, the 448th Death Anniversary of the Illustrious Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, we publish the last part of the biography written by Nicolas Soraluce, translated by Hispanic Indio. Click here to see the index. We are approaching the end of the biography of the illustrious conqueror of the Philippines. Stories of all ages and nations present us with repeated examples of the … Continue reading XII. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi: A Monument for Posterity

X. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi: Spain Forgets, the Philippines Honors

Note 1: cover image: Legazpi monument, Legazpi City, Albay (zumarragarraenfilipinas.com) Note 2: written in 1864, the author laments the lack of recognition Legazpi received in Spain, except in the Philippines. Translated in 2020, the translator laments the lack of Legazpi’s recognition both in Spain and in the Philippines…until last June 24, 2020, when the Mayor of Manila Domagoso Moreno, honored Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the … Continue reading X. Miguel Lopez de Legazpi: Spain Forgets, the Philippines Honors