Reminiscing the past is always good so we can learn from it. With my camera, I looked back on the history of one of the Philippine's heroines and my personal history at the university where I earned my degree. This is Quezon City, my second home.
It’s always good to look back on the past and commemorate things that have made us what we are today. And this is what I recently did with a photowalk using my Ultra Wide and Slim camera at the Tandang Sora Shrine in Banlat Road and in the University of the Philippines-Diliman, sites which are both in Quezon City, Philippines.
Melchora Aquino, also known as Tandang Sora, was a revolutionary hero born on January 6, 1812. She’s considered as one of the heroines during the Philippine Revolution because she helped the Katipuneros (led by Andres Bonifacio in 1896) by treating their wounds and offering food and shelter. Tandang Sora was caught by the Spaniards and was exiled to Guam. Fortunately, Tandang Sora was able to come back to her Philippine homeland, before she died on February 20, 1919 at the age of 107.
Today, “Tandang Sora” is more known to Filipinos as a street in Quezon City than as a heroine of the Katipunan. To address this, the Quezon City local government had a grand 200th year birthday celebration to commemorate Tandang Sora, and built a special shrine in the vicinity of what used to be her hometown in Banlat. When I visited there, the guy who was guarding the place was one of Tandang Sora’s great, great, great grandson!
On a more personal blast from the past, I came back to the university, which I considered my home for four years – the University of the Philippines in Diliman. UP Diliman is where I learned that the world was bigger, scarier, and more fun than I ever imagined. I went back there mainly just to reminisce — to see my old college building, the Oblation, the “tusok” waiting sheds, the “ikot” jeep, and the canopy of trees along the Oval. I was glad to see that the bike lanes are already fully operational, and people from all walks of like really make use of that lane not only to bike but also to jog, play, and even just walk hand in hand.
There’s always so much to learn from the past so it’s always good to look back on it once in a while, especially with an analogue camera in hand. Why not have a walk back to the places from your past and try it out for yourself? :)