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His life and faith is a reminder of the hold of religion in the Philippines.
In 1636 Manila, a man was accused of committing murder most foul. Normally, the courts arranged for justice to be served after due process, but the situation was slightly different. The victim was a Spaniard, and the accused?It was Lorenzo Ruiz.The news ...
 
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The revolutionary hero had a will of pure iron.
It is generally considered common knowledge that Emilio Aguinaldo was the first President of the Philippines, although there is some heated debate on whether or not to consider the Supremo of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio, as President, as well. Another significant debate also ...
 
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Thus ends the Tiger of Malaya’s last campaign: broken, defeated, and surrendering to the very man he once defeated to gain his name.
On September 3, 1945, General Tomoyuki Yamashita formally surrendered, along with his less than 50,000-strong command to American Generals Arthur Percival and Jonathan Wainwright in Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The war had formally ended just weeks before on August 15, when ...
 
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What defines a hero?
It sounds like a question you’d get asked if you were in elementary school, but it pays to re-think it every now and then. The last time we, as a nation, asked ourselves what makes a hero was during the Marcos burial ...
 
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Separating fact from misinformation about one of the most important figures who shaped Philippine history.
Whether you consider yourself a “Marcos loyalist,” or a “Yellow supporter,” or neither, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.’s legacy to the Filipino nation cannot be denied. He was more than consequential; his life (and death) truly shaped the nation. He was a driving ...
 
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Labor leader and worker's champion Crisanto Evangelista left an indelible mark in Philippine history.
The early years of the 20th century were some of the most important ones for Philippine society. The revolution failed to remove colonial influence; it only replaced it with American imperialism. New movements were springing up. People were becoming conscious of their ...
 
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He is now CEO of one of the most successful ad agencies in the Philippines.
"I was practically raised by prisoners," confesses Third Domingo, CEO and founder of IXM, a leading advertising agency in the country and a member of Hakuhodo, Japan's second largest marketing company and fourth largest in the world. "The prisoners were the ones ...
 
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Though not as famous, they were just as heroic.
August is a very patriotic month. Aside from being the month where we celebrate the more than a hundred languages that comprise our nation, this is also the month when we commemorate our heroes. And the Philippines is a nation of heroes. ...
 
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Apollo 11's third astronaut orbited the moon, all alone, while his colleagues walked on it.
On July 20, 1969, at 1:46 p.m., Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated the Eagle landing craft from the Apollo 11 command module. Michael Collins stayed behind, firing the rockets, moving about two miles away from his colleagues—and 250,000 miles from humanity on ...
 
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In 1582, the Japanese invaded the Philippines. It’s not what you think.
The Japanese have always been important neighbors of the Philippines. In pre-colonial times, Japanese traders made the journey south to places like Cagayan, Pangasinan, and Manila to conduct trade deals. This continued into the age of Spanish colonization, with Japanese Christians even ...
 
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The backstories behind Datu Puti, Ginebra San Miguel, and Jollibee.
Datu Puti is one of the most popular brands in the Philippines, easily associated not with an actual ancient ruler, but with vinegar and other kinds of condiments. But why was the vinegar brand named Datu Puti? Was there really a person ...
 
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The Chinese sided with the British when the latter invaded Manila in 1762.
In 1762, the British invaded Manila. They had help from a traditional enemy: the Chinese.Relations between Spaniards and the Chinese had been fraught for centuries, and a British invasion of Manila was the perfect excuse for the Chinese to help erode Spain’s ...
 
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Negritos have long been the subject of fascination all over the world, but none is more important than the King of all Negritos.
Our history shows that Negritos, like other ethnic groups, have always been marginalized since the day lowlanders took over their lands and conquistadors drove them back into the far reaches of the islands, roaming uncharted mountains and forests. Still, others were sold ...
 
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Aguinaldo had a lot to say about science and how technology can perfect humans.
On February 11, 1929, Emilio Aguinaldo delivered a speech in Spanish that was one of the first ones ever broadcast on television. Back then, TV was a revolutionary piece of technology that many people, including Aguinaldo, knew would change the world forever.The ...
 
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How did he lose the use of his legs?
Of the Filipino intellectuals of the late 19th century—the Rizals, the Paternos, and all the other ilustrados, one man sits comfortably above all of them: the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini.Though a prolific writer and a veteran of two wars, it’s surprising that ...
 
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In his 52-year reign, Sultan Kudarat successfully repelled Spain’s conquests to subdue Mindanao.
In the year 1581, six decades after the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan in the Philippines, Mohammad Dipatuan Kudarat, otherwise known as Sultan Kudarat, was born. Nine years prior, Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi had already captured Manila, where he had successfully pacified ...
 
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Writer, researcher, father, socialist, politician, Isabelo de los Reyes lived a most charming life.
Ilustrados occupy a unique space in Philippine history. They combined the economic freedom of Chinese mestizos and the ideas of Western liberalism to direct the nation toward a whole new path, away from the colonialism of Mother Spain and into an “enlightened” ...
 
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Facts about our National Hero that may have been overlooked in the teaching of history in classrooms.
Today, June 19, is the birthday of Jose Rizal. Leading experts on Jose Rizal such as Renato Constantino (Veneration Without Understanding, 1970) and Ambeth Ocampo (Rizal Without the Overcoat Revised Edition, 1998) tell us that the first step to appreciating the heroism ...
 
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When they needed a home, the Filipino people opened up theirs.
Visitors to the island of Tubabao, near Guiuan, Eastern Samar, will find the usual features of a small town. A barangay with a few houses, beaches, a market, and also resorts offering lodging and other activities for tourists. If they look hard ...
 
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Letters of Rizal to his family are always interesting pieces of history.
An exceedingly significant letter written by Jose Rizal to his parents has surfaced. Dated October 10, 1883, it is from the collection of historian Epifanio de los Santos, who acquired it from one of the members of the Rizal family. For the ...
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