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Tomas Cloma was a navigator, a dreamer, and a lawyer. Most of all, he was a patriot.
Tomas Cloma is not a name you hear too often these days, but it is one whose importance cannot be understated. He wasn’t a heroic general who died for the glory of the Revolution. He wasn’t a scientist who gave a gift ...
 
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From opportunistic generals to kangaroo courts, some things don’t seem to change.
One hundred twenty-two years ago, one of the most pivotal events in Philippine history occurred: Two brothers, Andres and Procopio, were killed in the mountains of Marogondon. The execution of the Bonifacio brothers on Emilio Aguinaldo’s orders signified a new change in ...
 
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From fighting for the eight-hour work day to ending exploitation, workers around the world unite on May 1 to lose the chains that bind.
For some people, Labor Day is simply another holiday (much better if it falls on a long weekend so people can start planning for LaBoracay—or Labor Union if they really want to be on the nose about it). For millions of workers, ...
 
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Were they simply religious brigands or something else?
In the Jerrold Tarog film Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral, there is a sub-plot about General Gregorio del Pilar trying to stop the “brigands” who were attempting to disrupt activities in Pangasinan. These brigands were members of the Guardia de Honor, but perhaps ...
 
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The documentarist hasn’t worked in almost three decades, sort of.
“Do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life,” or so goes the saying. That’s why when someone as acclaimed a journalist as Jay Taruc says he’s done doing award-winning documentaries, people scratch their heads. Hard. ...
 
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They might not be Filipino, but they believed in the country.
There is something romantic about revolution. The idea that all people should be free to forge their destiny naturally attracts people from all walks of life, including those who find common cause with revolutionaries. From Lafayette and the Americans, to Bethune and ...
 
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Described as skilled warriors and also beautiful women, the female Huks broke barriers.
It was February 1947 when Remedios “Kumander Liwayway” Gomez was captured as a result of Operation Arayat, a major military drive aimed at suppressing what is now known as the Huk Rebellion, the open unrest of peasant farmers and former guerilla veterans.Liwayway ...
 
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The recent influx of historical documents by auction houses is changing how we view our history.
The past few months have been momentous for the historical memorabilia auction scene, as important documents from pivotal scenes in Philippine history were put under the hammer, including documents penned by Bonifacio himself, Aguinaldo’s first-hand account of the Bonifacio execution, and the ...
 
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In an excerpt from his book, “Passages,” photojournalist Gabriel Malvar writes about the majestic southern archipelago after his visit in 2013.
I watched her sleep in peace. The deep blue evening sky above her unfolded endlessly, mirrored by the calm seas surrounding her below. In the stillness of night, Sulu was beyond beautiful in all her quiet majesty and mystery, casting a subtle spell ...
 
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From lawyers to royalty, these people have the blood of heroes in them.
There is a long list of people who have made great sacrifices for our country and sometimes we tend to think of them as simply larger than life. It’s important to remember though that these heroes were people, too, with hopes, dreams, ...
 
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When the Philippines needed them the most, these people heeded her call.
The story of the Filipino people is essentially a story of war. Looking back on 300 years of Spanish rule, followed by American colonialism and Japanese invasion, our nation had a plethora of patriots and heroes.The thing about patriotism is that it's ...
 
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Buendia wasn’t named after Ely.
If you live or work in Metro Manila, then you’ve heard of (or maybe, because of the city’s nightmare traffic, even cursed at) some of these people: Epifanio de los Santos, Gil Puyat, Ayala, Quezon, and many others whose names grace the ...
 
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From the Count of Manila to the Marquis of Camarines, find out what these nobles are up to today.
During the Spanish colonial era, kings and queens handed out titles of peerage to exceptional subjects as a reward for their service and loyalty. This was exceptionally true for Spanish subjects in the Philippines, where they were given titles named after places ...
 
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The Bayot brothers sought change via rebellion.
Who is a Filipino? These days the question seems strange, but when anti-Chinese xenophobia and casual racism threaten to take over discourse, it may pay to step back a bit and look at what the term “Filipino” used to mean. Before the Spanish advent, ...
 
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In 1986, the last time the University of the Philippines' men's basketball team took the championships, the country was just emerging from a dark period of its history. Then, as now, we all find hope in the team's joy.
Utak at puso. This is the University of the Philippines’ current battle cry, and it came from the Pep Squad’s 2015 routine. Utak at puso sometimes seem to be the only things going on for the state university, whose sports funds are measly, compared ...
 
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The Netflix series 'Narcos: Mexico' is the story of Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, an American DEA agent who was kidnapped, tortured, and killed by the Cali drug cartel in Mexico. Is there anything we can learn for our own drug war?
It was the 7th of February, 1985. A man walked down the street just outside the DEA office in Guadalajara, Mexico, to have lunch with his wife. He is surrounded, gagged, and shoved into a beige Volkswagen. Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar would ...
 
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The Litas, an international collective for women on two wheels, aims to ride over every stereotype there is.
There isn't anything so manly as big bike. Everything from the leathers and studs to the full-throated thrumming of the engine between one's legs—even the term crotch rocket—evokes sex and sexuality. And, yes, sometimes a bit of sexism.When it comes to motorcycle culture, the ...
 
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The subject of an upcoming movie, the crime syndicate has roots as a government-backed anti-communist vigilante group.
If Colombia had the Cali Cartel, the Philippines had the Kuratong Baleleng Gang. The turbulent, crime-ridden ‘90s, marked by massacres and other gruesome crimes, did not spare Mindanao. Robberies and illegal drug trafficking were said to be monopolized by one group, the ...
 
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Revisit Patricia Evangelista's "The Darkness of Fear" from Esquire's May 2012 issue.
On December 20, 2011, five years after University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño were abducted from Hagonoy, Bulacan, the Bulacan courts released a warrant for the arrest of retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. The former party list ...
 
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As long as you know the right hashtags, child pornography is just a few clicks or taps away on Twitter. Here, evil does not even bother to hide. It’s not just a dark corner of the web anymore—the Philippines’ child sexual exploitation crisis is right at your doorstep.
Social media brings the world to your doorstep. This is an age of easy access to everything, and unfortunately, this also means that society’s monsters are in closer proximity to normal life than ever.Weeks ago, a Filipino Redditor posted about an extremely alarming ...