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Filipinos know struggle.
Filipinos know struggle. They know the conflict, war, violence, and suffering. They know what it’s like to be colonized, ostracized, and discriminated. So it should come as no surprise that when other nations cast out their unwanted citizens, Filipinos opened their arms ...
 
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Jose Rizal wrote of the bridge in El Filibusterismo.
In the quiet town of Majayjay, Laguna, there is an old bridge that was never finished, but its beauty and elegance were so legendary that it found its way in the pages of Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo.In the first chapter of the ...
 
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The megalodon is the largest shark to have ever lived.
The fearsome megalodon shark once lived in the Philippines millions of years ago.A single tooth fossil from the prehistoric giant shark was discovered in Barangay Jandig, Maribojoc, Bohol. It was turned over by the locals to the National Museum in May. The ...
 
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Giant bats from the Philippines are the largest in the world.
People on social media are freaking out over photos of giant bats from the Philippines."Just imagine this bat waking up and flying straight at you," says Twitter user @KingLeoRio. "I'd flee the country."Remember when I told y'all about the Philippines having human-sized ...
 
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One remedy has instructions for people bitten by rabid dogs.
The UST Heritage Library is a depository of 30,000 ancient books dating back from the 15th to the 19th century. When we visited its holdings in May 2019, there was one book that caught our attention because of its peculiar contents: Ang Mahusay ...
 
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Gela Petines tracked down the man who wrote the letters.
Gela Petines’ family was having their ceiling at their ancestral house replaced when they discovered something that should not have been there: a bag stuffed with handwritten love letters.Contents of the Bag Filled with Love LettersAmong the contents of the bag were ...
 
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It became a textbook example of how to prevail against a larger enemy force.
In World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously said, “Give me ten thousand Filipinos and I will conquer the world.”His quote was not lost when the Philippines sent 4,420 troops to aid the United Nations in the Korean War. The Philippines was ...
 
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Where do we stand in the race for a cure against COVID-19?
The Internet is a giant landfill of information, which is awesome for those who want to know more about a very specific interest, but terrible for those who seek enlightenment about hot-button issues like, say, when are we getting a cure for the ...
 
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The rattan peacock chair is a powerful icon used throughout the decades.
In 1914, the El Paso Herald, a newspaper in the United States, published a photo of a woman with her child sitting in a rattan peacock chair."A Jail Bird in a Peacock Chair," Bilibid Prison (1914)The identity of the woman in the ...
 
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You could be one of them.
Vico Sotto is charming, there's no doubt about that. He gets people to obey not because of fear of retribution, but because of his overwhelming charm.There’s always that one person whom you could never say no to, not because he is fearsome, but ...
 
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It’s time to unlearn these misconceptions.
When you were in school, you didn’t know you were being taught wrong things about history and science, like the time your teacher told you a certain Agapito Flores invented the fluorescent lamp. Or the time you were told a Filipino invented ...
 
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Finding the true comparative size of our country.
The 7,641 islands of the Philippines is home to more than 100 million Filipinos, and the sheer cultural and environmental diversity of our archipelago should be enough to prove just how big the Philippines is. Alas, when most people think of the ...
 
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The first-ever nest in Pasonanca Natural Forest was spotted, inspiring hope for the endangered species.
The Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird, might be the subject of poetry and pride, but the endangered creature is also one of the most hunted animals in our islands, so much so that sightings of the national bird have become a ...
 
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The last five are the simplest but trickiest mispronounced words.
So you think you know how to pronounce most English words? Try these ones.We came up with a list of 20 grade school-level vocabulary words, which often stump adults when they are told pronounce them correctly. We did away with words longer ...
 
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No, the dead may not rest for grave robbers.
Angelito Oreta is a grave robber. But he is no Lara Croft, who raids tombs for treasures. He makes a living by plundering freshly dug up graves in Manila in search of kneecaps, not trinkets. He uses the kneecaps to make amulets ...
 
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And now he has a new prediction.
Bill Gates is many things we are not: genius, billionaire, philanthropist. But a lesser known descriptor should be added to the list—Prophet of Doom.For years, Gates has been hopping around the world, warning governments and people: A pandemic will arrive within the ...
 
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You will be surprised where the word ‘Abuchikik’ comes from.
Long before Willie Revillame, Bayani Agbayani, and other celebrities made novelty songs, there was Yoyoy Villame and his catchy songs, which dominated the airwaves in the ’80s and ’90s. Among his most popular hits are “Mag-Exercise Tayo” and the nonsense classic song ...
 
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What do Texans and Filipinos have in common? Spanish colonizers.
Before Filipinos wrested freedom and independence from their former Spanish colonizers, Manila was once a shining pearl of the Spanish empire. It was the model colony of Spanish rule, so much so that the Philippines’ reputation in the 1700s crossed the great ...
 
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The edited photos look so real!
The pandemic is forcing people to do silly and hilarious memes out of boredom, and this is one of them. Spencer Cuneta Lopez was searching for inspiration for memes when he came across edited photos of international celebrities wearing the barong and U.P.’s ...
 
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Timely reads in this time of chaos and coronavirus.
At some point in our lives, we've faced the depths of an existential crisis. And in this time of coronavirus, chaos, and political unrest, it's becoming more and more common to get lost in ourselves.Top story: Who are the Descendants of Our Heroes ...
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