Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bitter about Mexico

I really had zero idea what Mexico would be like when I decided to go;  I did not expect how amazing it would be.

Mexico is gorgeous!   Peppered with amazing gigantic Catholic churches.  I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful the interiors of the churches are.  I am at a lost of words.  The most beautiful church I have ever seen was the Sto. Domingo Church in Oaxaca.  It was like the artist got really angry and thought, you want Baroque?! you want Baroque!? I'll give you Baroque.  BAM!  Every square inch of the church was decorated with bas relief.  Very ridiculous.

I've heard a few times from travelers that we look a bit like México and I guess there is some truth to that; some small towns I have been to, do look like provinces in Philippines.  Both our countries have been colonies of Spain; we are bound to look somehow alike.

But no... Mexico City... and I am specifically talking about Centro de Historico.  It is SO GRAND.  SO GIGANTIC.  SO AMAZING. Surrounded by the Ayuntamiento or some sort of Municipio de Gobierno and a church.

I may not have been to Europe but being there felt like I was.  It was so old and beautiful, it's grand and extravagant, it's majestic and almost magical.

Let's not just talk just Mexico City, what about Puebla?  Puebla has approximately 365 churches within the city, that's 1 church every day of the year and none of them are ordinary, one trying to out do the next. Here are just the few I saw in 2 days:

Looking at Mexico as whole, I feel bitter.  My first thought was: Hey!  We were under Spain for 300 years too, why didn't we get better architectures?  grander churches?  Nice ones we had were destroyed in World War II and Manila became the second most destroyed city in the world (after Warsaw, Poland).

I imagine how beautiful Manila could have been with all the Spanish colonial buildings and plazas.  Have you ever been anywhere else that have made you feel this way about your country?


  1. Nice post, Candie!
    And to answer your question, yes, I kind of felt that way when I went to Caracas, Venezuela, back in the 90's. Colombia and Venezuela had a long history of being thought of as "paises hermanos" (brother countries), and being not only geographically, but historically so close (we were once one big country called The Great Colombia), I was expecting that Caracas would look just like my capital and hometown, Bogota. It turned out that Caracas had a subway, luxurious malls, numerous highways that intertwined at the heart of the city and avenues much wider than the ones in Bogota. I guess all this opulence should not be surprising for a country that has the largest proven oil reserves in the world and oil has been a very profitable good to say the least. Yet, for me, it was a bit disappointing to see that Bogota was lacking the civic progress that embellished Caracas.

  2. Paula thank you for your comment. Thats a really beautiful input. Thank you! That is the exact same sentiment I was looking for. I hope to one day go to Bogota and see your town for myself! ;)

  3. Thank you for this blog! Thx for sharing your adventures with us... I hope I can go to the Philippines very soon as well!

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