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Divisoria is one of the oldest marketplaces in the Philippines.
When a person mentions Divisoria, a vivid picture comes to mind: a crowded marketplace. Out on the street, a jungle of wares greets you in uniform chaos. For noisy hagglers and shop owners, there is a right price for everything. For generations, this ...
 
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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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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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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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One photo shows Manuel Quezon looking weary and scared in a submarine.
Most of the photographs we've seen of Manuel Quezon show him surrounded by a group of politicians or posing in a stately manner.History books usually leave out photos of the statesman show him having fun, laughing, or dancing with women.In one rare ...
 
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Jesus Villamor’s squadron of six repelled 54 Japanese air raiders in Batangas.
On a bright and sunny day in July 1941, five months before the Philippines was dragged into World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur formally drafted into the USAFFE the best pilots at the time. It was composed of 141 Filipino and American ...
 
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Filipino spaghetti is the craziest culinary quirk invented by Filipinos.
Filipino spaghetti is a rebellious version of the Italian pasta. Its noodles are somewhat overcooked. It has a striking red color and is sweet and spicy. To make it even more absurd, chopped hotdogs, ground pork, onions, and garlic are mixed into ...
 
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Sta. Ana Cabaret was the world's largest dance hall.
Tales of Manila’s opulence and genteel charm as the Paris of Asia is not complete without mentioning the Sta. Ana Cabaret of Santos Street. It was so popular that it made the pages of Life magazine, once a big-time American publication. Meaning, ...
 
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Darak cookies saved the lives of thousands of Filipinos and Americans.
Maria Ylagan Orosa was the Philippines’ foremost food technologist. She was also the country’s first woman scientist. She invented soyalac, calamansi juice powder, and most notably, banana ketchup. She was also a war heroine who served as captain in the guerilla forces.ALSO ...
 
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Taho has been with us for thousands of years.
Hours before the sun rises, a small army lines up outside a makeshift factory. Its men are equipped with empty tin drums to get their day’s supply of soybean pudding, sweet syrup, and tapioca pearls—the ingredients used in taho. For P250, the ...
 
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'Carnal Tales' blends folklore and religious elements.
Filipino superstitions, folklore, and religion take the spotlight in a Filipino comic book about twin brothers who find themselves reliving the lore they heard from their grandmother in their childhood.Carnal Tales masterfully blends elements from Filipino folklore and Catholicism to create a rich ...
 
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Compare the old and present photos of Manila's historic parks and plazas.
During colonial times up to sometime before World War II, it was considered fashionable to meet up in public spaces like parks and plazas. This was way before the time when shopping malls filled our days, and sitting under a tree didn't ...
 
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And now, Tambunting is collecting your gold.
The year was 1890, and Don Ildefonso Tan Bunting was operating horse-drawn carriages that collected garbage from Manila’s busiest districts. The government paid him five centavos for every can he collected.But at the time, the city of Manila was almost bankrupt because of ...
 
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Lapu-Lapu is depicted as a very old and chubby chieftain.
A new portrait of Lapu-Lapu was unveiled by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The painting was made by artist Carlo Caacbay from Bulacan.The painting is part of a series commissioned by the NHCP in preparation for the 2021 Quincentennial ...
 
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Birders nicknamed the species ‘Ibong Adarna.’
If you ask local birders about Ibong Adarna, they will most likely point you to an actual bird and not an epic poem you read when you were a freshman in high school. In Philippine folklore, the Ibong Adarna is a mythical bird ...
 
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ABS-CBN's history left indelible marks in Philippine culture and society.
ABS-CBN is one of the few extant postwar organizations that helped revive and rebuild what was left of the tattered Philippine economy after World War II. It traces its roots to 1946 when James Lindenberg founded Bolinao Electronics Corporation or BEC, which ...
 
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And how it differs from Hany.
Is Chocnut really made of chocolate or mostly peanut? Compared with other chocolate bars, this local treat has a powdery texture that easily crumbles when handled. King Chocnut Milk Chocolate (its official name) or simply Chocnut became a widely popular snack in ...
 
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He has written 41 poems since March 22.
National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario, also known by his pen name Rio Alma, has been composing poems every day and publishing them online since March 22."My poems are until the ECQ ends," Almario told Esquire Philippines. That means Almario would be ...
 
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Jose Rizal mentioned ayungin in one of his novels.
Ayungin is a freshwater fish that is a class above the rest. It has superior taste, often described as the most savory freshwater fish in the market. Endemic in Luzon, ayungin is also one of the most expensive fish you will find ...
 
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The Coconut Palace is a prime example of Filipino vernacular architecture.
The famed Coconut Palace in Pasay was built by Imelda Marcos in 1978 as a guest house for Pope John Paul II for his papal visit in the Philippines in 1981. But instead of living in the palace, which the Pope described ...
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