Just wanted to drop a few before breakfast. Today will be a frenzy of practice and preparation for tonight, Manila Transitio 1945.
A few days ago, before we took the official tour, Ria took us on a brief walk-through of tonight’s version of the Intramuros tour. On this beautiful Manila morning we saw, to our delight, an Anda Street. We thought, haha hey cool, we have a friend named Anda, lols, kodak tayo! But it led me to wonder, as far as I know, my dear Romanian-born friend Anda did not have a Filipino namesake. So who or what is Anda? Luckily for me, Carlos’ knowledge as an historian extends far beyond the scripts of his tours, and without even a glance at google, I had my answer.
Here, somewhat paraphrased, is what Carlos had to say:
Simón de Anda y Salazar was an arrogant little Governor General of Manila. In 1762, the Philippines was given to Britain due to the Seven Years War between France and Britain. Since Spain was an ally of France, they were pummeled by the Brits, and the Philippines was given up as part of the bounty of war. So we were British for two years. The war actually ended. But nobody knew about it for two years because it took two years for the news to get here! And the man who was tasked to take back the Philippines for Spain was Governor General Simón de Anda y Salazar. But in order to make it seem like a victory, and with much fanfare, he built an Anda monument which stands in front of Intramuros today.
Innnneresting, deba? So there you have it folks, Anda Street. Many thanks to Virgil and Olympia for arbritrarily naming their daughter Anda, so that one day I would have the curiosity to seek out this small corner of Philippine history, and share it with you.
Here is my question to you, readers. What street do you live on? Do you know its story? Find out, tell me, tell the boxes below, so we can tell the world.
Toronto, meet Manila. Manila, meet Toronto.