Although, I'm not a historian by profession, but reading the historical accounts about the fate of Fray Diego de Herrera and the galleon fascinates and intrigues me a lot. Two galleons struck a reef in April and May 1576, one in Ilocos and another in Batalay and all named Espiritu Santo.
The Batalay Shrine
"... Reports had reached Spain and Mexico of the great hardship and scant profit for those who risked their lives on the track of the Manila galleons. The loss of the Espiritu Santo, on 20 May 1576, confirmed the horrors: the galleon was shattered by typhoon on a reef near Ilocos and “those who did not drown were pursued by the natives and pierced with lances.”From: Augnet - Your reference site to Saint Augustine of Hippo and the Order of Saint Augustine
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When in 1575 he sailed from Mexico, he had with him nine of the new volunteers of the Order who were going to work in the Philippines. Four of them were named by Gaspar de San Agustin O.S.A. in his book entitled: "Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas", Volume 1, page 334, as being Lesmas de Santiago O.S.A., Francisco de Arevalo O.S.A., Francisco Martinez de Vieda O.SA., and Juan de Espanola O.S.A. The ship was the galleon, Espiritu Santo. With passengers and merchandise for Manila, it set sail on 18th November 1575 from Acapulco, Mexico.
Little did anyone anticipate that disaster lay ahead. At midnight on 24th April 1576, in weather that was unusual for that time of the year, the galleon struck the reef of Nagngangang Buaya, at Batalay, which is a barangay near Bato on the island of Catanduanes...(to read the full post, link to the url above) Lives were lost, but among the survivors with Diego de Herrera O.S.A. were Lesmas de Santiago O.S.A., Francisco Villa O.S.A., Francisco Martinez de Vieda O.S.A., Gregorio Galvez and several other members of the crew, including some military personnel."History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside." - JFK