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Did you also fall for one of these predictions?
Mars will collide with Jupiter. Pluto will explode. Earth will be engulfed in darkness and only candles blessed by a priest will light up.These are some of the weird end-of-the-world prophecies Filipinos believed during the ’90s—a strange era when people were gullible ...
 
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It details four volcanoes on Taal Lake erupting simultaneously.
Many people regard Taal Lake as serene and peaceful, often visited as a calm respite from the busy city life. But what they don’t realize it that it’s a sleeping monster.Unknown to many, the entire Taal Lake is one giant caldera (meaning ...
 
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The next world war would hypothetically be fought in land, sea, air, space, and on cyberspace.
In 1947, Albert Einstein gave a chilling forecast of what the next world wars would be like. “I know not with what weapons World War 3 will be fought, but World War 4 will be fought with sticks and stones.”Einstein’s statement was ...
 
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In this episode of lost footnotes in history, we explore why Andrew Carnegie, once the world’s richest man, offered to buy the Philippines’ independence.
One of the richest Americans in history, Andrew Carnegie was a steel magnate from New York whose wealth could compete against the pharaohs of old. And like most billionaires, Carnegie somehow managed to become embroiled in politics. As one of the world's ...
 
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'I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.'
American writer Alice Walker once said, “Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” We’ve seen this in the literature of Jose Rizal, and had he survived, perhaps he would have had something to say on the atrocities ...
 
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Part III of the Re-Thinking Rizal trilogy.
On August 8, 1897, in Spain, a lone gunman shot then Spanish Prime Minister Antonio Canovas del Castillo point-blank, and killed him. The gunman was immediately arrested, and the news was received by a country in panic. But the strangest part of ...
 
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Sometimes it's great to get lost in translation.
Filipino culture is hard to define. We’re a mishmash of a million different things, shaped by a rich history and influenced by so many different factors. But there are two things about the Filipino way of life that has stood the test ...
 
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We’ve always had people like Rizal who showed the world what it meant to be an indio bravo, the 'pride of the Malay Race.'
On the morning of December 30, 1896, Jose Rizal was executed in Bagumbayan, just outside the walled city of Intramuros, on charges of masterminding a rebellion. The Philippine Revolution was in full swing at the time, and the Spanish government was cracking ...
 
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Part II of the Re-Thinking Rizal trilogy.
“The pride of the Malay Race”—this is just one of the many titles bestowed on Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. He contributed to art, literature, science, politics, and the very identity Filipinos hold today. His works and legacy influenced political leaders and ...
 
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Part I of the Re-Thinking Rizal Trilogy.
Filipinos are well aware of the impact and legacy national hero Jose Rizal had on shaping the Philippines as we know it, but Rizal’s heroism continues to influence countries even beyond our borders—particularly that of Indonesia, a nation that views Rizal with ...
 
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A look back on the glory days of Bulacan's pyrotechnics industry.
Pyrotechnics have been around for centuries, but in the Philippines, one family from Bulacan became industry pioneers more than 150 years ago.It all started in 1867 in the little town of Sta. Maria, Bulacan. According to the Bulacan provincial government,  the local ...
 
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People disappear in the mythical Biringan City forever.
In the province of Samar, local folk talk about a phantom. For decades, locals told stories of Biringan City, an otherworldly place inhabited by engkantos. But instead of beautiful palaces or fortresses reminiscent of mythical cities like Lothlorien, Biringan is somewhat like ...
 
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Filipino culture is best defined by these Filipino proverbs.
Our culture is replete with all kinds of beliefs and traditions, some of which are superstitions that have no scientific explanation, while others are proverbs which contain important life lessons. Filipino proverbs are unwritten knowledge passed down from generation to generation and ...
 
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Some discoveries in the Philippines are so compelling they overturn well-established theories in science.
This decade, the Philippines shocked the world with some of the greatest discoveries ever made, some of which are so compelling that they overturn some of the most well-established theories conerning humans. While there are hundreds of discoveries made this decade, we ...
 
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After 10 long years, a decision will be made about the dark event that took away the lives of 58 people and dulled national conscience.
Eduardo Lechonsito was a government employee working for Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat. The 53-year-old suffered a mild stroke earlier that day and was worried. He decided not to risk it and took a day off to get a check-up. Tacurong is a city, ...
 
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The crazy rich Asian royalty of the East.
Monarchies might seem outdated, but that hasn’t stopped numerous royal families around the world from continuing their line. Everyone knows about the British Royal Family and other European monarchies, but did you know that Asia has more monarchs than any other continent?The ...
 
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The Philippine archipelago was a collection of diverse political entities before the arrival of the Spanish.
There is a common misconception that the Spanish “discovered” the Philippines. That, prior to Spanish conquest, the Philippines had nothing but savage indios who needed the civilization of the West to enlighten it.Of course, we now know just how far that notion is from ...
 
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Here are the origins of some Filipino slang used in the past 50 years.
You might not be aware of it but you may be using Filipino slang that your parents may have used way back in the ‘70s. Filipino slang is a fascinating topic for any scholar of language because of its quickly and constantly ...
 
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The traditional barrel man, made from Mahogany and by woodcarvers on Asin Road, is now on a made-to-order basis.
It is, perhaps, unintentional yet fitting that one of Baguio City’s most popular souvenirs, the barrel man, carries the same name as a post in Spanish bullfighting. In the local context, it pertains to a craft produced in the Cordillera Region, a ...
 
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Do you have a high adversity quotient?
Are development quotients a generational thing? You know—I.Q., E.Q., and now we have A.Q. For a long time, people believed that there was only one measurement of intelligence, and that was the intelligence quotient or I.Q. Then, Millennials came and were raised ...
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