Overseas Category

Rizal Park in Rosemeadow, New South Wales, Australia

June 19, 2018

Today is the 157th birthday of Dr. José Rizal and in his honor, I am featuring Rizal Park in Rosemeadow, which is a suburb of Sydney, Australia under the jurisdiction of the City of Campbelltown. On October 26, 2012, no less than President Benigno Aquino III led the unveiling of... (read more)

Rizal Monument in Madrid, Spain

May 25, 2018

Did you know that the famous Rizal Monument found in Rizal Park in Manila has replicas outside the Philippines? One of them is located in Fujian, China, where Rizal’s Chinese ancestors hailed from. The other can be found in the northern part of Madrid, Spain along Avenida de las Islas... (read more)

SM City Jinjiang

January 17, 2015

I first featured SM City Xiamen, the first SM mall outside the Philippines, way back in 2007. I guess it’s now time to feature the second such SM mall and this is SM City Jinjiang (SM泉州晋江, Wikipedia), located in Jinjiang, Quanzhou in the Fujian province of China. Facade... (read more)

Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge in Chicago

May 6, 2014

Today is May 6 and it is the 72nd anniversary of the Fall of Corregidor when the Japanese conquered the island fortress of Corregidor. This Japanese victory cemented their conquest over Asia and the Pacific. To commemorate this day, I’ve decided to feature the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge in Chicago, Illinois. ... (read more)

Rizal Park in Wilhelmsfeld, Germany

April 25, 2014

Almost 5 years ago, I first blogged about the German town of Wilhelmsfeld when I featured José-Rizal-Straße, the first street outside the Philippines named after José Rizal. Wilhelmsfeld, which is about half an hour away from the more famous city of Heidelberg, was where Rizal spent a few months in... (read more)

Filipino Community Center in Seattle

March 13, 2014

It’s been almost two years since I’ve last featured an overseas Filipino-related sight here in Vista Pinas, so I’m now featuring the Filipino Community Center (website) in Seattle, Washington in the United States. This is actually the second sight found in Seattle (the first one is the Dr. José Rizal... (read more)

2 Rednaxela Terrace

March 18, 2011

To finish off my series on Philippine-related sites in Hong Kong, let’s visit 2 Rednaxela Terrace which is located in the Mid-Levels part of Central District on Hong Kong Island. This address is historically significant because this was where José Rizal and his family lived from 1891 to 1892. His... (read more)

1 D’Aguilar Street

March 15, 2011

To continue my short series of Philippine-related sights in Hong Kong (started last week with 535 Morrison Hill Road), I now present 1 D’Aguilar Street located in the Central District of Hong Kong Island. This location is special since it was where Dr. José Rizal practiced medicine while he was... (read more)

535 Morrison Hill Road

March 7, 2011

I came from a Hong Kong family vacation this weekend, and to share my experiences—the Vista Pinas way—I will do a 3-part series about three Philippine-related sites in Hong Kong (similar to the 3-part series I did for Cory Aquino). The first site I will feature is 535 Morrison Hill... (read more)

José-Rizal-Straße in Wilhelmsfeld, Germany

June 20, 2009

To celebrate the 148th birthday of our national hero José Rizal (he was born on June 19, 1861), let me point you to the first street outside the Philippines that was named in his honor. This is the José-Rizal-Straße (José Rizal Street) in Wilhelmsfeld, Germany (see this photo of the... (read more)

2332 Makiki Heights Drive

November 27, 2008

Here’s a very interesting find for Vista Pinas. 2332 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, is the address of the mansion where former President Ferdinand Marcos spent his last years in exile until his death on September 28, 1989 (the 29th in the Philippines). (His body is currently interred at the... (read more)

Jollibee (National City, CA Branch)

April 19, 2008

Almost exactly two years ago, I posted about the first Jollibee branch in the United States, the Daly City branch, which opened in 1998. A slew of openings followed that and there are currently 12 Jollibee branches in the United States, the recent being the Las Vegas branch. In an... (read more)

SM City Xiamen

December 27, 2007

I finally found SM City Xiamen on Google Maps! :D I’ve been looking for it for quite some time now and my sleuthing powers were exercised quite a bit for this featured sight. (You can tell that I found the correct building by looking at the satellite image; if you... (read more)

Philippine Center in San Francisco

August 24, 2007

The San Francisco Bay Area in California is definitely one of the places where many Filipino Americans and Filipino expatriates work and live. Well, located in downtown San Francisco, just one block away from the famous Union Square, is the Philippine Center (official website). The Philippine Center is composed of... (read more)

Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles

July 8, 2007

There are approximately 4 million Americans of Filipino descent. They comprise almost one-fourth (22%) of all Asian Americans and is the largest group within the Filipino diaspora. Most Filipino Americans are concentrated in Hawaii and California and in the latter, can be found within the metropolitan areas of Oakland-San Francisco... (read more)

Bells of Balangiga

May 27, 2007

The Philippine-American War is long over and the the two countries have maintained a very long friendship up to now. Yet there remains one last contention between the two nations over the war and it is the return of the bells of Balangiga. The bells of Balangiga are three church... (read more)

Philippine Embassy in Tokyo

June 27, 2006

The Philippine Embassy in Japan can be found in Roppongi district, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Roppongi is a well-known nightlife district in Tokyo popular with expatriates and locals alike, and the surrounding Minato ward is also home to a significant number of embassies and consulates to Japan. Unlike the Philippine Embassy to the... (read more)

Dr. José Rizal Park in Seattle

June 17, 2006

Dedicated to José Rizal in 1979 is the Dr. José Rizal Park on Beacon Hill in Seattle, Washington. To the northwest of the park is the massive junction between Interstates 5 and 90 and across 12th Avenue to the east is the headquarters of Internet giant Amazon.com. The park is a... (read more)

Philippine Embassy in London

May 4, 2006

Our third overseas sight is the Philippine Embassy in London, United Kingdom. This Victorian-style building is located just to the west of the Kensington Gardens in Inner London, specifically within the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where many other embassies are located. There is very little information about the Embassy’s building,... (read more)

Jollibee (Daly City, CA Branch)

April 11, 2006

Located at 6955 Mission St. Daly City, California is Jollibee’s first US branch. (I’m not sure if it’s the first international branch; that’s probably the one in Hong Kong). Entering the Mission St. address in Google Local gave me a bit of a problem. It seems that the address is for... (read more)

Philippine Ambassador to Japan’s Residence

March 24, 2006

Who says we can only feature Pinoy sights from the Philippine Islands? I say that there are other equally interesting Pinoy things to see elsewhere in the world. So, I’d like to present the first of the many international Pinoy sights you can see in Google Local online maps, the... (read more)