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Efren 'Bata' Reyes kept a hit list of the best pool shooters in the world for him to beat.
In 2017, Efren “Bata” Reyes tugged on our heartstrings when he confessed that he was no longer the great “Magician” that the world of billiards came to know. "Akala nila magaling pa ako,” he said in a report by ABS-CBN. “May partida ...
 
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Get to know the creatures of Philippine folklore and their origins.
On November 29, HBO Asia announced that it will have engkantos at war in a miniseries helmed by Mikhail Red. Creatures from Filipino folklore, such as kapre, tikbalang, and tiyanak, will populate the miniseries. Up until the millennial generation, Filipinos have grown up hearing ...
 
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Philippine urban legends are some of the weirdest in the world.
It’s unbelievable how people used to believe in Philippine urban legends from the ‘90s, which, in retrospect, seemed to be pretty silly and weird. The following are some of the legends you may have heard from your aunts, uncles, cousins, or parents ...
 
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Exploring an alternate history.
Here’s a shocking piece of information: Emilio Aguinaldo had Andres Bonifacio executed after a sham trial in a bid to secure his power-base in the Katipunan, ultimately leading to a shift in revolutionary ideals and paving the way for American colonialism.But not to ...
 
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The four La Madre statues on Jones Bridge were meant to instruct the public on very specific lessons.
Last week, two sculptures of La Madre Filipina were returned to their original plinths on the historic Jones Bridge in Manila. The first statue is a replica of the original that was destroyed in World War II, while the second statue was repatriated ...
 
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The Balangay boats are set to sail 2,000 kilometers from Palawan to Mactan.
In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan and the first circumnavigation of the world, the National Quincentennial Committee approved the participation of balangay boats as part of the commemoration's official program.The balangay boats will sail from San Vicente, Palawan, ...
 
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She was the only Asian to be awarded a World War II Silver Star of Heroism by the U.S. government.
A new graphic novel sheds light on one of Philippine history’s overlooked heroes: guerilla fighter Magdalena Leones. The novel entitled Felipa takes its readers through the life of Philippine-born Leones, who participated in World War II, and later moved to the United ...
 
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Bonifacio's letter written in his own blood reveals plans to expand the KKK to Mindanao.
On November 30, the nation will commemorate the 156th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, Katipunan founder and revolutionary leader. Previously thought as a simple peasant, newer research and more thorough accounting of history tells a very different character of Bonifacio: that he ...
 
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To some, he was a chaotic holdout. To others, he was a soldier who held on to his duty.
Soldiers live and breathe duty, no matter the cost or sacrifice—this is something that Hiroo Onoda took to heart when he refused to surrender even decades after the Imperial Japanese Army had surrendered in World War II.For 29 years, he hid in ...
 
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A planned revolt by the Manila noble class against Spanish rule may (or may not!) change the course of history.
Conspiracy theories are rarely fun. To be honest, most of the time, they’re more stupid than brilliant.But those are conspiracy theories. Actual conspiracies, however, are another matter entirely. And the Philippines is no stranger to schemes, plots, hidden secrets, and mysterious dealings. ...
 
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Don’t worry, your boss could feel like a fraud too.
Do you ever feel like you’re incompetent at work despite colleagues praising your stellar performance? Or how about feeling that you’re a phony parent, despite what others see? If you’re in school, you might have felt like you don’t deserve the grades ...
 
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The white lady is a familiar story repeated throughout history, and told around the world.
When people talk about ghosts, there is none more popular than the white lady. She has been featured in countless movies (hello, Sadako) and has become a sort of pop culture icon, being referenced in chick flicks such Mean Girls (Lindsay Lohan ...
 
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Quiboloy, self-proclaimed owner of the universe, has six million faithful followers.
Appointed Son of God, Lucifer’s Conqueror, Owner of the Universe. These are just some of the self-proclaimed titles Apollo Quiboloy goes by. His penchant for superlatives is equally matched by the faith of his followers, who believe that Quiboloy is the fulfilment ...
 
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Raise a glass for the men of the hour.
Esquire Philippines has the honor of celebrating outstanding Filipinos shaping culture as we know it. These are men and women who are truly in a class of their own—businessmen, public servants, artists, and athletes who raise the bar with every exceptional pursuit.In ...
 
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The generala was a veteran of three wars.
Unlike the traditional culture that we have grown accustomed to thanks to centuries of feudal indoctrination, Western Visayan culture places high regard on the role of women. Visayan folk literature puts women on equal footing with men in its creation myths and ...
 
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'The pain never goes away... but there's alway something else after.'
Being a husband, father, or even a boyfriend is a confusing yet fulfilling role. The Husband Handbook, a collection of stories about the intricacies of relationships, is here to sort things out. This is the manual on how to have a happy ...
 
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After being beheaded, Saint Denis picked up his head and walked away while preaching.
Famed saints of the Catholic Church are venerated for their various roles in spreading the faith, including their works of miracles. One particular type of miracle might cause the faithful to scream in terror if it were to occur today. Cephalophoric saints ...
 
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'I just bought rice, and here I am being thanked like I moved mountains.'
The Philippines is one of the last countries in Asia that has yet to fulfill any meaningful agrarian reform, ultimately failing to unshackle farmers from their bondage to the soil. Farmers are even forced to sell crops to traders at measly prices, ...
 
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What’s in a name?
Metro Manila is home to 16 cities and over 13 million people. It’s the fifth most populous urban area in the world, and currently the center of the country’s culture, politics, and economy. But before it became a sprawling metropolis, Metro Manila ...
 
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What would you do if you were in one of these true horror stories in the office?
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, accounts of unexplainable things happening in the office occur more commonly than you would expect. The following short horror stories in the office were told by employees based on their personal experience.I work in human resources in ...
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