Andre De La Varre is the ‘Screen Traveler’ (:08) and this film will take viewers on tour through Cebu. This is the oldest island in the Philippines (:21). In 1519, the great explorer Magellan had sailed from Spain in an attempt to make it around the world (:51). In March of 1521 he fell upon the 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines (1:08). While he was killed at the neighboring island of Mactan, his crew completed the trip (1:41) and later Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (1:56) used Magellan’s previously travelled lines and established Spanish rule (1:56). This rule extended until after the Spanish American war. On the docks of Cebu which had already been an important trade center, ships are loaded with sacks of copra (2:40).Large rolled heaps of manila hemp can be seen as they are another major export (3:25). A picturesque shot of the city built on the shore is shown (3:55). The church of St. Augustine is one of the many historic churches located on the island (6:21). The effect of Spanish rule can be visualized in the Cathedral (6:34). The street previously known as the parish street (many families here had at least one son in the priesthood) is depicted (6:53). Following is the Fort San Pedro founded by the Gaspee in 1565 and is on site of the first settlement (7:29). The short film draws to a close with the American flag flying over the Philippine (8:01) and this has been a Screen Traveler Picture (8:30).
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