Ferdinand Magellan went through a lot of trouble just to find a westward route to the Spice Islands. In 1519 he left Spain with five ships and over 230 men to undertake this task. While he did manage to find the Spice Islands again, something urged him to sail forward just a bit more, and when he did so he discovered the Philippines.
That first paragraph, and this entire website as well, is not and will never be intended as a contribution of facts relating to the traveler that was Fernão de Magalhães. Surely there are enough sources on the Internet, historical and apocryphal, for anyone with a search engine to find. This website, The Streets of Magellan is an educational website of a different kind.
The title, of course, is a pun on the sea route where Magellan became the first European to navigate. I found that description from the Wikipedia apt, because it implies that there were other people who have traveled on it before, it’s just that the documentation of the route was done by someone else. Now take that thought and apply it to the Pinoy’s everyday life — every man knows one or two places that he patronizes because he knows they’re either good or cheap and that they help him get through the day with what he has in his pocket, but he seldom ever tells anyone else about them.
This is what this website is going to do. It is going to go to places where the man on the street goes, and it is going to try and answer questions like: “You’re in the middle of EDSA-Kamuning, you’re famished and all you have is thirty pesos in your pocket. Where do you go?”
There will be several answers to that, because to each man “the roads are always different.” Our answers will be riddled with biases, of course, but they will be our own. Not the turo-turo owner’s, not the ukay shop manager’s, nor the bus liners conductor’s. It may also be of a curious note to mention that my name is also the name of the only ship in Magellan’s fleet to make it back to Spain, sans it’s glorious explorer, of course.
My name is Victoria. Welcome to The Streets of Magellan.