The Kingdom of Maynila


At the very mouth of the Pasig River was the island called Maynila. As a town, it was just becoming well-known. In fact, it may have been founded only a couple of generations earlier. In the 1520s it was known in the Visayas but by the 1560s the Visayas had already heard of the Kingdom of Maynila. 


On its throne sat a young king: Rajah Soliman, who was Muslim and Bornean. His wife was Bornean too and so were his palace guards. Soliman was a warrior. The petty kingdoms along the river and on the lake lived in mortal terror of him. They cried that he was forever swooping down on them, to raid and plunder. 



According to Nick Joaquin, what Soliman may have been doing was organizing the barangay colonies into a nation. With his raids on the petty kingdoms of the river and lake, Soliman may have thought to reduce them into a single commonwealth: a unit, a union, a unity welded under his government.


If unification was indeed his dream, he would see it fulfilled but not under his government.


Information source: Manila, My Manila by Nick Joaquin


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  1. The Spanish colonial force invading Kingdom of Maynila on 1571 and attacking Muslim warriors led Rajah Sulayman. The Aftermath, The Filipino warriors under Rajah Sulayman was defeated, Spanish Colonials was victory and captures Maynila and became known as the Spanish Name is Manila.

    Manila is came founded on June 10, 1574 built the new cities by the Spanish colonials and became the capital city of the Philippines.

  2. Today, we celebrate not only the founding of Manila but the founding of the Filipino nation.

    Manila in particular, and the Philippines in general, was founded on 24 June 1571.

    If you will remember our classroom training, we were taught that Manila was founded and proclaimed as a capital city, the central seat of the Spanish Government, in this oriental part of the world.

    OK. The capital city it was… but of what country? Of course, it is illogical to have a capital city without a country.

    In the words of eminent historian and scholar Guillermo Gómez Rivera: “…why should there be a capital city, seat of a Central Government, and Law, without a corresponding State to govern?… We often tell our students and children that Manila was founded on June 24, 1571 as the Capital City of the Philippines but we always fail to teach that with its founding the Filipino State was also founded and established… We also fail to underscore that from that day onward, the Filipino State began to exist as a jurisdictional reality up to the present time…”

    Thus, we Filipinos should greet each other happy anniversary.

    It is pitiful to learn that other countries celebrate the founding of their nations. Here, we don’t give a hoot about it.

    ¡Feliz Día de Filipinas!

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