National Geographic : 1990 Sep
H ands of thefaithful reach for a palanquin holding the image of Our Lady ofPorta Vaga in Cavite, the Philip pines. Every November the icon isborne across Manila Bay to honor thispatron of the galleons. From 25 665 to 1815 the Spanish kept up a shuttle of ships between Acapulco and Manila, aver aging one round-trip ayear. Thefailure of agalleon to returnfrom Mexico with its cache of silver often meant destitution in Spain's Far East colony.