Some Manila history highlights that might be helpful to you. Will add more in the future.
1571 – Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived in Manila, and became the governor general. As a result Catholicism spread like wildfire.
1646 – Spaniards successfully defended the city against the Dutch in Manila Bay.
1762 – The British grabbed Manila from the Spaniards.
1764 – Spaniards successfully drove out the British.