Trivia about the birth anniversary of Fr. Andres de Urdaneta

Fr. Fray de Urdaneta was a Spanish Augustinian friar, sail captain and explorer who was in the Legaspi Expedition that left Spain for the Philippines on Novembe 21, 1564 on board the ship Capitana that sailed along with the galleons San Pablo and San Pedro and the tenders of San Juan and San Lucas.

He was known as the discoverer and plotter of a path across the Pacific from Philippines to Acapulco, Mexico, which came to be known as “Urdaneta Route.” This route was used by Manila galleons for the next 250 years and brought Asian culture to Europe through Mexico.

Together with Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, Fr. Andres de Urdaneta built the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in Cebu and was also responsible for the Christianization of the Province.

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