972 – King of Spain

The Philippines was named after King Philip II of Spain – this is a statue of him in intramuros (the old walled city in Manila which was the seat of government during the Spanish Colonial Period). I do wonder what the Philippines was called before the Spanish ‘discovered’ it. Anyway I drew this for some mental relief during a long fraught day at the Bureau of Immigration, making my ‘annual appearance’ and processing the renewal of my residence permit. I must have queued up at a different window to pay or file documents about 5 different times. Still I can’t complain – I very much appreciate that I can live in the Philippines, whist it must be a lot harder for a Filipino to get permission to live in the UK.


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