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Behind the names Tokyo Tom, Taro Sakuro, and the Great Kabooki is a Filipino with the heart of a champion.
Wrestling has always had a worldwide audience, ever since the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) was founded in 1948 as a governing body for professional wrestling. Based in America, the NWA began promoting brawling matches on television back in the early 1950s. By ...
 
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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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Relive the best moments of of Barangay Ginebra.
Basketball has long been one of the biggest pastimes in the Philippines, with many Filipinos playing on cemented courts in barangays all over the country or watching their favorite teams on TV at home. Even non-sports fans know the basic rules of the ...
 
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What's next for these colorful vehicles?
Jeepneys in the Philippines: kings of the road, undeniable icons of Filipino culture, and perpetual environmental and political headliners. Nowadays, jeepneys get a bad rep for their structural problems—the lack of safety features and non-environmental exhaust—as well as their drivers' unruly behavior. With these ...
 
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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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A dose of trivia for today.
Around the world, you can find streets, monuments, statues, and edifices bearing familiar names. There are Rizal monuments and busts in Japan, Belgium, Andorra and the U.S. In San Francisco, California, there are streets named after Lapu-Lapu, Bonifacio, and Tandang Sora while in ...
 
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Malacañang’s regal halls, gleaming floors of wood, and reinforced walls belie a history of humble beginnings and constant changes.
The Malacañang we know today is very different from the one from its past. Back then, it wasn't considered a palace. Here are secrets and fascinating facts about Malacañang you may not have heard of.There was nothing palatial about Malacañang when it ...
 
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Clark's, the first ice cream shop in the Philippines, was the coolest place in turn-of-the-20th-century Manila.
When Clarke's, the first refreshment and ice cream shop in the Philippines, opened in 1908, it redefined how Filipinos enjoyed and comforted themselves in the year-round tropical heat. The first thing that shocked the first Americans who came to occupy the Philippines was the sizzling, searing ...
 
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Rare pieces of religious artwork from the 16th century to the late 19th century are showcased at the new museum.
Rare pieces of religious artwork from the 16th century to the late 19th century comprise Museo de Intramuros’ exhibits, which are replaced with a different batch of pieces every three months.The Museo, which opened to the public May 2, was built on the foundations ...
 
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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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It was hip and happening back in the day.
Manila’s many prominent and most affluent families began settling in the neighboring districts of Malate and Ermita during the first decades of the 20th Century. The twin residential districts were strategically located facing the scenic bay, and, early on, were also centers ...
 
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A look back through pictures of Manila the way it used to be.
The Metro Manila we know now is busy, crowded, and often suffering from trafficarmageddon. Although sometimes hard to believe, Manila was once praised for its opulence and decadence, earning the label "The Pearl of the Orient."While most of its architecture was destroyed ...
 
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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 fascinating history of how cars arrived in the Philippines.
An index of affluence for Filipino in the days of the American rule was the possession of an automobile. To this day, having a car—next to owning a house—continues to top the list of goals of every working Pinoy. The car industry ...
 
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Back when Manila was called “Paris of the East.”
Many Asian cities have been called “Paris of the East” but none more so than Manila. Also called the “Pearl of the Orient” because of the country’s collection of islands that resembled precious stones, Manila was the envy of neighboring Asian countries ...
 
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When it comes to all-time porma, the Filipino is second to none.
Our love affair with America was marked with long periods of loving and loathing. The turning point in our history, historians say, began with the inauguration of the Philippine Assembly in 1907, which saw Filipino participation in self-governance for the first time. ...
 
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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 Ozone tragedy happened in 1996, ironically during Fire Prevention Month.
Life has a predisposition towards irony and perhaps one of the biggest ironies in Philippine history is the Ozone Disco tragedy.March, by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A signed in 1986, is known to Filipinos as the fire prevention month. The number ...
 
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It features three galleries.
While most museums help us understand history through important artifacts behind glass cases or rope barriers, or walls upon walls that display art, Museo El Deposito in San Juan City stands on the actual site of an old underground water reservoir, which makes its location interesting in itself. ...