|Taos Pueblo, a thousand years old and a World Heritage Site|
|Desert View of the Grand Canyon, at the East Rim|
|Montezuma Castle National Monument|
|Old North Chutch in Boston|
I was lucky to have been awarded a 6-year (junior and senior high school) scholarship at the American School (now International School) in the Philippines in 1961. There I learned more of American history and missed the chance, actually, to learn about the history of my own country. But the story of America came alive as we traveled around the country. It became most intense when we got to the northeast where the colonies dared to fight for its independence from Britain, the southeast where deep division in the country raged In a Civil War not even a hundred years from its independence, and the southwest with its indigenous past well preserved interlaced with the influences of the Spanish colonization, just like the Philippines.
|Independence Hall in Philadelphia, where the |
Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were signed
We have been to thirty of the forty-four American Presidents’ homes, tombs, and/or presidential libraries and museums! We have also been to the homes of many famous men, heroes, characters larger than life, founders of enduring institutions, pioneers, and dutiful first ladies, who helped shape American history. And when I visited institutions like the US Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House or the Independence Hall in Philadelphia, I felt a surge of patriotism I never felt before when I was just a tourist visiting these places.
|Joe Louis's fist immortalized|
|Plymouth Rock, with the year 1620 inscribed|
|with Ricky and Mega @ Martha's Vineyard|
|Freedom Tower in Miami|