Thursday, July 19, 2012


Bust of Gen. Simon de Anda on the wall of Santa Cruz Church

1770 - General Simon de Anda assumes the position of  governor-general of the Spanish colony,t he Philippine Islands,  replacing Governor Jose Raón; during his administration, he  informs the King of Spain of complaints made against the abuses  of the friars and officials against the natives; successfully opposes the King's November 9, 1774 decree secularizing curacies held by  the regulars; repairs the walls of Manila; shortly embarks on the  building of several war vessels; some eight years earlier, Anda  was responsible for organizing a new Spanish base in Bacolor,  Pampanga during the period of British occupation of Manila; over 200 years earlier, the Spaniards began to colonize the Southeast Asian archipelago following several expeditions sent by the monarch, including the exploration led by Ferdinand Magellan in the 1520s.

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