Last Friday, 9th of November, we had our field trip in the Mind Museum as well as in San Agustin Church. This year’s field trip was probably the most tiring one from all the field trips I’ve been to so far. Looking for answers for our worksheets is easier said than done. Running around frantically was not how I imagined our field trip to be. From this place, to that place, then back to this place again, it was crazy. Nonetheless, I can definitely say that it was all worth it. Not only did I learn a lot of things about science, math, and as well as history, but I also had tons of fun! Here are some of the things that we saw during the tour:
1. CHINESE JUNK
The ship in the background is called Chinese Junk. This was what the Chinese used to trade with the natives of the Philippine islands. (found in Mind Museum)
The ship called Galleon (the one behind) was the vessel used by the Spaniards during the Manila - Acapulco Trade. (found in Mind Museum)
The Astrolabe that was used by early explorers for navigation. (found in Mind Museum)
4. & 6. NICOLAUS COPERNICUS and JOHANNES KEPLER
Nicolaus Copernicus’ theory about the sun being the center of the solar system was also explained here. This particular exhibit also shows Johannes Kepler’s first law of Planetary Motion which claims that the orbits of the planets are ellipses. That particular law could be seen once you turn the crank and move the planets around. (found in Mind Museum)
5. GALILEO GALILEI
Galileo Galilei was the one who concluded that the speed of a falling object follows a mathematical law.(found in Mind Museum)
San Agustin Church.
1. ITALIAN BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE
At first look, to us 3rd year students, the architecture of the church would seem Romanesque, this is probably because it’s the topic that we have recently discussed. The architecture of this building is actually Italian Baroque. The high dome found inside, the grand staircase leading to more paintings, and most importantly the intricate designs that seem realistic and in a way 3D are the features that prove the church to be so. (found in San Agustin Church)
2. SPAIN’S EFFECT ON NATIVE PHILIPPINE CULTURE
The greatest effect of Spain towards the natives of the Philippines is religion, which is Christianity. Spain’s rule had converted early Filipinos into Christians.
3. FRANCISCANS, JESUITS, AGUSTINIANS, and DOMINICANS
Franciscans, Jesuits, Agustinians, and Dominicans were the ones who came in the Philippines. (found in San Agustin Church)
4. JAPAN and PERU
Spain also attempted spread Christianity to Japan and Peru, but as seen in the paintings, the response of the people was negative. They were hostile towards the new religion and killed the Spaniards who were introducing Christianity to their country. (found in San Agustin Church)
Spain’s history and our own Philippine history are very much connected. In the age of exploration, they were in search for spices and places where they can preach the word of God and hopefully be able to convert the natives they are to meet into Christians. Spain ruled our country for about 200 years, in between those years the people have learned of Spain’s culture, their language, as well as some traditions. The name of our country itself came from the name of a Spanish king (King Philip II).
What happens in Science is recorded in History, at least this is what I believe in. This is how they are related, the scientific discoveries made in the early years are included in historical records. These discoveries are also connected to the improvements of technology in our life today, just like the events in history are connected in the way we live and the way we talk nowadays.
The experience I had during our field trip was like none other. Most educational trips are honestly kind of boring, but in this particular one, it was both fun and memorable. To be able to given the chance to tour around the museum on your own with your group of friends, I think it was amazing and I was grateful for that chance. I think the best part of it all was that I got to spend one whole day with my crazy classmates, although it was really tiring and in a way stressful, I found the field trip an experience I’ll never forget. :)