Monday, June 28, 2010


1571 - The first session of the Ayuntamiento is first held in Manila, Philippine islands, during  the early decades of Spanish colonial rule in the Southeast Asian archipelago; also known as cabildo, the ayuntamiento was a colonial administrative council governing a municipality, with every Spanish colonial municipality in the Philippines (and the Southern Americas)  theoretically each having an ayuntamiento; ayuntamiento edifices were often excellent in  style, as seen in the Manila Ayuntamiento, which  would be the site where imperialist  representatives Spanish Governor General  Jaudenes and American General Wesley Merrit will  sign the official change of colonial power over pathetic colony, the Philippines, some three hundred years later.

Photo: Manila Ayuntamiento

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