Monday, December 18th, 2017

USS Panay underway off Woosung, China on August 30, 1928 The United States Navy named several war ships after Philippine islands.  These included The USS Pampanga, USS Luzon, USS Mindanao, USS Calamianes and the USS Panay.  Some of these were Spanish patrol boats captured in the Philippines.  Others, including the USS Panay (PR-5)  were built in China for river patrol duty. The first Panay was originally a Spanish gunboat in the Philippines, purchased in 1899 after the American occupation, and in various service until 1914, and sold in 1920. Among those who served upon her were future WWII admirals Chester Nimitz and John S. McCain, grandfather of the 2008 US presidential candidate, John McCain. The second Panay (PR-5) was a river gunboat launched in 1927, and serving on the Yangtze in China until being sunk by the Japanese in the 1937 Panay incident.  See http://www.hmsfalcon.com/Panay/Panay.htm for photos and videos of this …

“The Ruins” Talisay, Bacolod This begins as an account of a May 2008 visit to Bacolod and environs but we hope to expand this section as we spend more time in Negros. We have been living in Iloilo City for nearly two years. Our Iloilo stay was supposed to only be for a month and then we were to go on to Bacolod City. We liked Iloilo so well we just stayed, but after this visit to Bacolod we can see that it’s an excellent choice for those seeking a mid-size Philippine city. Iloilo City’s expansion sprang from the core of an old Spanish settlement. Bacolod is newer and has a more modern plan with some wide roads and a more spacious layout. It also seems more prosperous than Iloilo City, its civic buildings and museums better maintained. It has also planted and maintained trees which grace its streets. I don’t know if Bacolod can match Iloilo’s medical care or educational facilities, but it’s certainly…