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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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There are a thousand ways to skin a cat, and a thousand ways to regain independence.
From 1902 to 1946, the Philippines was occupied as a colony of the United States of America following the aftermath of the Philippine-American War. All throughout the occupation, however, Filipinos struggled bravely to take back their independence and freedom.While the road to ...
 
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It wasn’t just Quezon versus Aguinaldo.
Let’s go back for a bit. The year is 1935. American colonialization has taken hold in the Philippines for the past 20 years and has fully transformed its society. Juan Ponce Enrile is a young nine-year-old boy when he sees this news: ...
 
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Religion and revolution go hand-in-hand, but just how much?
If we had to sum up Philippine history, it would be revolutions and Christianity. It seems that our history is an endless series of kneeling down to pray and taking up arms to fight. Sometimes, prayer and revolt go hand-in-hand. The EDSA ...
 
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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, ...