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Maria Orosa also invented two kinds of plants.
On November 29, the Philippines will commemorate the 126th birth anniversary of Maria Orosa. To many residents of Manila, the name is a reference to an obscure street in Malate surrounded by more familiar historical figures whose names have also become streets: ...
 
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The three rulers of Manila, Rajah Sulayman, Matanda, and Lakandula co-ruled as equals.
Rajah Sulayman, Rajah Matanda, and Lakandula were powerful allies that co-ruled Manila in the 16th century. The three rulers of Manila had territories that were strategically placed in different areas along the Pasig River Delta opening up to Manila Bay. Lakandula controlled the ...
 
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It may be impossible.
Graciano Lopez Jaena was a towering figure in Philippine history, considered as one of the three giants of the Propaganda Movement, along with Jose Rizal and Marcelo Del Pilar. Yet for such an important man, his remains are lost. The government has ...
 
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Larry Itliong, helped pave the way for the success of labor movements in America.
In 1929, 15-year-old Larry Itliong sailed to America along with 31,000 other Filipinos. There, he aspired to become a successful lawyer and dreamed of seeking justice for the poor and the marginalized.But the 1930s was not a good time to be a ...
 
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Melchora Aquino was a very fierce protector of the Katipunan.
Over 120 years ago on August 29, 1896, the Spaniards on suspicion of collaborating with Filipino rebels forcefully arrested Melchora Aquino at her home. She was 84 years old at the time. They were right, of course. But Melchora, affectionately called Tandang ...
 
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The property once known as the Taal Vista Lodge is one of the oldest hotels in the Philippines.
Jutting out along the ridge overlooking Taal Lake and Volcano is a structure resembling an English cottage, its timber framework holding up a distinctively brown hued Tudor-style roof against a backdrop of misty sky. The Taal Vista Hotel sits comfortably where it ...
 
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Pieces of the past are hiding in plain sight all around the Metro.
Old houses in Metro Manila often get a bad rep. If not blatantly labeled as haunted, some of them have fallen into degradation due to neglect. Yet these structures carry with them the social history of a certain era and show us ...
 
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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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The DPWH will be stricter in ensuring projects don't affect historical sites.
The Philippines' long history is evident in many of its old buildings and structures, traces of the past left behind by years of colonial rule. Local governments haven't exactly been great at making sure these architectural landmarks are kept intact. But is ...
 
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The President recently signed a law that mandates their conservation
Visit any province in the country and almost always you’ll find two architectural wonders that can be attributed to our colonizers: the Spaniards’ baroque churches and the Gabaldons built during the American rule.While the former are widely recognized by Filipinos, the latter ...
 
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Heritage conservation gets a modern take.
The city of Manila is undergoing a major change. Uptown Manila, once the district of early 20th Century sprawling mansions, has now become more democratic with its high-rise residences. But together with this transformation, pockets of heritage conservation are also emerging. We’ve rounded ...
 
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If these walls could talk, they'd tell tales of elegance and style (and also of war and uprisings).
Thanks to a successful wave of tourism campaigns, more and more new hotels are opening around the Metro. While you might consider them for the occasional staycation or even recommend them to tourist friends, some have been around for so long that ...
 
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Get to know them, because architects are heroes, too
When one mentions the title, "National Artist," it's usually visual artists and writers such as Fernando Amorsolo, Ang Kiukok, and Virgilio Almario who come to mind. But the Order of National Artists covers many categories, from music and dance to film and broadcasting arts, ...
 
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Before many of our great heritage sites perish under the vacuous war of politics, they quietly hold their ground. Paragons of the past, awaiting their fate while the rest of the metropolis hurtles by.
This was originally published in our December 2014-January 2015 issue.Metropolitan TheaterToday the Metropolitan Theater is dark, eerie, and its pillars reek of piss from passers-by, who are ironically also the only people who come close enough to appreciate it. A peek through ...
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