Interesting Manila: Historical Narratives Concerning the Pearl of the Orient

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E.C. McCullough, 1912 - Manila (Philippines) - 239 pages
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Page 122 - Who builds a church to God, and not to Fame, Will never mark the marble with his name...
Page 114 - some to the church repair, not for the doctrine but the music there," and for such the center of interest is ever the choir gallery.
Page 227 - Banos should be visited. Excellent accommodations will be found at this place. At Pagsanjan, the head of lake navigation, the beautiful gorge of the same name is a feature which should not be missed. The trip through its rushing waters by small banca will supply excitement enough to repay any hardships encountered. Calamba, the birthplace of Rizal, a town...
Page 221 - ... This fort, said to be the largest post of the United States Army, is located on the banks of the Pasig River seven miles distant from Manila. It may be reached by the street-car line, by the Antipolo branch of the Manila and Dagupan Railroad, by carriage, or by way of the Pasig River steamers. The site of the fort is one of the most commanding near the city and gives an extended and beautiful view of the harbor. Laguna de Bay, and the surrounding country. Extensive improvements have been made...
Page 45 - ... projecting into the river mouth. Arches supported an open gun platform above, called battery Santa Barbara, the patron saint of all good artillerists. These arches formed casemates which afforded a lower tier of fire through embrasures. Curtain walls of simplest character, without counter forts or interior buttresses, extended the flanks to a fourth front facing the city.
Page 70 - The interior is Gothic, being the only example of the kind in the city, and with its beautiful marble bases and altar steps, its choir and altar railings of worked brass, its colored glass and carved pulpit (said to have cost four thousand pesos), it readily weaves a spell of magic over the beholder. Its sacristy contains many objects of beauty and interest and the mellow tinge of time lends a halo to the whole pile.
Page 66 - ... famous shrine. It stands between Calles Cabildo and Palacio and fronts on Plaza McKinley. The present building is about a quarter of a century old, being the successor of no less than four cathedrals, all of which were destroyed by fire. The architecture is Byzantine. It has nine entrances, three large chapels, and the choir and organ are situated in the middle of the nave. Seven years were taken in completing the present building. While externally not so imposing as many of its companions, the...
Page 191 - always repulsive and dirty'. But after ten years they were far cleaner, better enclosed - 'interesting' even. As for the markets, 'before the days of American sanitation', he recalled, 'the condition of these places was always indescribably bad, but modern regulations and efficient inspectors have changed all this to comparative cleanliness and good order'.68 Similarly, Frank G.
Page 228 - ... and, at times, by chartered Army transports. The round trip may be by one vessel, but if time permits the voyage may be extended and made more complete by transferring to other steamers, which will break the scheduled route and permit the traveler to visit other places which otherwise would be missed. The most important cities of the southern islands are Cebu, Iloilo, and Zamboanga, but a number of stops are made at various smaller ports, all of which will provide something new to interest the...
Page 229 - American goods may be gained, although a tremendous one, is not impossible of solution and the opportunity has for more than a decade past been waiting at the hand of the legislator and business man of the United States. The Philippine Islands were acquired in 1898 and Civil Government, through the Philippines Commission of which President Taft was the first head, was inaugurated in 1901. For an entire decade Congress through its civil representatives has exercised absolute control over the affairs...

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