So last Friday, we had our field trip (
the farthest field trip I ever went to), and here are some pictures of it.
First, we went to the Mind Museum in Taguig.
This was taken outside the museum before entering, c/o Ariadne’s classmate.
Lining up before meeting Aedi with Room 104! :)
Inside, we were greeted by Aedi, who told us where to go and what to do. She was basically sitting in a stool and only her torso was moving as she spoke. AMAZING.
The Chinese Junk (below) was the vessel used by the Chinese during the 19th century in trading with Philippine Island natives. (1A)
Next is the Galleon, which is the ship used by the Spaniards in the Manila-Acapulco trade. (2A)
This big wooden compass is the Astrolabe (below), which early explorers used to measure the distance of any celestial bodies for navigation. (3A)
A model of the Giant Orrery, the theory Nicolaus Copernicus proposed regarding the universe. (4A)
Galileo Galilei, the scientist who conluded that the speed of a falling object follows a mathematical law. (Though we only got to take a picture with his ever great name because his picture is in a video, and so…) (5A)
In one of Johannes Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion, he stated that the square of the orbital of one planet is directly proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of the orbit of that planet. (6A)
After the museum tour, we took some pictures while waiting for our bus. :)
We had our lunch in the bus en route to the Lights and Sound Museum at Intramuros. And when we got there, we found out that we aren’t allowed to take pictures during the tour.
Next is the San Agustin church, still in Intramuros. Its architecture would fall into the Romanesque type of architecture, which has round arches, thick walls, groin vaults and sturdy piers. (1B)
The Spaniards loved to explored the world, and as a result affected the culture of the natives in the Philippines thru: the change in religion (from Animism to Christianity); the social structures; our way of life, clothing and speaking (most of the words introduced by the Spaniards are still incorporated and used in today’s language). (2B)
The painting behind us depicts the coming of the Spaniards to the shores of the Philippine Islands.
Along with the Spaniards came different religious orders. Some of which are the Augustinians (below), Dominicans, Franciscans (below), and Jesuits. (3B)
Statue of a Franciscan nun
Painting of Augustinians
The Spaniards introduced their religion not only to the Philippines. They also went to Peru and Japan. Like the Philippine natives, most of them welcomed the religion, but there are others who didn’t and rebelled against it.
The Spaniards in Japan
The Spaniards in Peru
While we were having the trip in the church, we noticed a red carpet leading to the altar, and flowers attached to the pews. It is after the church trip, while waiting for the bus, that we learned that a wedding was about to take place. We got lucky to get a glimpse of the beautiful bride, but unfortunately, we weren’t able to take any pictures because all were caught in the moment. And before we left, we had our class picture in front of the church with a German man and his wife, and we invited him by saying, “Sali ka!” AMAZING.
The most fun part of the trip (for me) was while on the bus on the way back. But before that, we made a final stop at the Luneta Park, where we were lucky enough to witness the exchange of guards. I’ve been there lots of times, so I served as a photographer of Lalas, who went there for the first time.
When the Spaniards came to the Philippines in 1521, they influenced the history of both Spain and the Philippines. It was during the Age of Exploration when the Philippines was discovered by Spain to have spices. This opened the door to trade of spices between the two countries, as well as the door to Christianity. During their invasion, they affected our culture and largely contributed to our beliefs and our language today. But then there were Spaniards who abused their power, leading to rebellions from brave Filipinos that lead to their eventual death, making history with it. If not for the Spaniards, we would not have the culture and society we have today, nor the heroes we now honor and commemorate. (a)
Science comes from the Latin word scientia, meaning “knowledge”, and is defined as knowledge gained by systematic study. History, on the other hand, came from the Greek word historia, meaning “inquiry”, or knowledge acquired by investigation”, and is simply put as the study of the past to understand the present. We need Science in studying History, and while studying Science we also learn bits of History. Every scientific discovery made in the past is marked in our history, as well as the discoveries yet to be found. In studying the past, we also incorporate the use of Science in finding the fossils, studying the age of relics, etc. So in conclusion, Science and History are intertwined, and can not be taken individually without the other. (b)
Having this field trip made me so tired, but also made me see a little background of our country. Although most of the places we visited are not new to me, seeing them in a different way and for a different purpose made it fun in a way. So that’s it!
Credits to Ariadne Arambulo, Nichole Lalas, Ellis Camarillo and Gian Pimentel for some of the pictures! :)