When the Spaniards came to the Philippines, our ancestors were already trading with China, Japan, Siam, India, Cambodia, Borneo and the Moluccas. The Spanish government continued trade relations with these countries, and the Manila became the center of commerce in the East. The Spaniards closed the ports of Manila to all countries except Mexico. Thus, the Manila–Acapulco Trade, better known as the “Galleon Trade” was born. (http://www.philippine-history.org/galleon-trade.htm)
The Galleon Trade was a government monopoly. Only two galleons were used: One sailed from Acapulco to Manila with some 500,000 pesos worth of goods, spending 120 days at sea; the other sailed from Manila to Acapulco with some 250,000 pesos worth of goods spending 90 days at sea. It also allowed modern, liberal ideas to enter the country, eventually inspiring the movement for independence from Spain.( http://www.philippine-history.org/galleon-trade.htm)
Fast Forwarding to today,SM Supermalls thru its the SM Cares Senior Citizen Program once again held “oldietirum” Exhibit. SM City San Pablo for the year 2016 displayed vintage galleon ship models that show the rich historical trade culture of the Philippines. The exhibit is both informative and trivial for everyone to appreciate. The exhibit aims to not only recognize the elderly’s vast contribution to their families but also to the nation thus alleviate their stature as important members of society.
Come visit SM City San Pablo and take memorable selfies with the vintage galleon ship collection by San Pablo City’s antique collector Mr. Ed Gamo Jr. The event launched was held Thursday, October 13,2016 and attendees include Osca Pamana Senior Citizen headed by their president Mr. Gani Gutierrez and OSCA Chairman Belen Dionela. (nwr)