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The Chinese fled when they heard the word "Visaya".
There was a time in the history of the world when the Chinese trembled when they heard the word Pi-she-yeh (Visayas), referring to the country and people of the eponymous region in the Philippines. Whenever word reached them of an incoming attack ...
 
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Check out the timeless style of Filipinos back in the day.
In these trying times, it might do us good to remember the golden days of the Philippines, and one way to do that is through restored vintage photos that are quite literally changing the way we see history.  Colorizing has been gaining ...
 
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San Lazaro Hospital has handled the worst cases of contagious diseases in the last 440 years.
When people hear the name San Lazaro Hospital, images of the worst cases of contagious diseases come to mind: rabies, cholera, and for a time, leprosy.The hospital has earned a reputation of being a hospital of last resort, owing to the centuries ...
 
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Meet David Fagen, the turncoat-turned-guerrilla of the Philippine-American War.
December 5, 1901. A hunter named Anastacio Bartolome brought a severed head to the American military outpost at Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. The mutilated head was decomposed beyond recognition. The hunter insisted it was the head of the notorious insurrecto, David Fagen. The ...
 
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Bridging the gap between what seems like ‘exotic’ Mindanao starts with understanding the culture of its people and realizing that they are as integral as us.
Few pre-colonial cultures are as diverse as that of Mindanao, which combined influences from the Visayans, the Muslims, and the nearby Indian and Majapahit empires. Most important, it stood in stark contrast against the prevailing idea that Philippine society and culture simply ...
 
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Arroceros Forest Park was the site of a huge massacre over 400 years ago.
Every so often, Arroceros Forest Park makes headlines when attempts to have it levelled or developed by the city government leak to the press.As a forest, the park offers little historical value, since it was only developed into a forest park in 1993. ...
 
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It was the culmination of decades of secularization and nationalism.
The struggle for national democracy and independence is a long and continuous road, encompassing all aspects of society—political, economic, and cultural. In August 1902, members of the country’s first labor federation, the Union Obrero Democratica (UOD) proclaimed a break from the Roman Catholic Church, ...
 
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Geronima Pecson was called "the silent worker".
It’s women’s month, and it's a good time to read about women in Philippine history whose fire, fury and spirit were enough to raise hell. Names such as Carmen Rosario (cinema superstar and guerilla sharpshooter), Melchora Aquino (grand old woman of the ...
 
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Banco Filipino’s eventual closure left remnants of its glorious past.
There is a village south of Metro Manila that spans the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas, a village so expansive that it has a horse ranch, its own gasoline station, and seven gated entrances to keep everything inside it exclusive. B.F. ...
 
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The 'amusements' involved two sisters.
Dolores, Felipa, Margarita, Ursula, Nellie, Vicenta, Suzanne, Consuelo, Osei-san, and Seiko. These are just some of the women who fell for the charm, wit, and good looks of Jose Rizal. They were not exactly Rizal’s girlfriends, but more of flings and minor ...
 
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It's the same site where Maria Orosa's grave marker was rediscovered.
Archaeologists from the University of the Philippines in collaboration with the Malate Grave Project have discovered a mass grave of war heroes who died at the Remedios Hospital in Malate during World War II. It is the same site where Maria Orosa’s ...
 
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Before colonization, the Visayans had a rich culture and diverse interests.
There is this misconception of precolonial Visayan culture. It's this image of the noble bagani who is attuned to the spirits of nature and wears little more than a bahag—a symbol of the past that is almost fantastical, a romanticized glimpse from pop culture.We have to remember ...
 
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Thanks to color, we feel a connection to the subjects in the following photographs
Color breathes life into the static black-and-white photos from history, allowing us to visualize events from the past as if they were something that happened more recently. Thanks to color, we feel a connection to the subjects in the following photographs. The ...
 
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Featuring Sisa’s Salad, Tinola de Damaso, and Sinigang ni Andeng.
The following recipes are based on the food and ingredients mentioned by Jose Rizal in his novel, Noli Me Tangere. For reference, we used Soledad Lacson-Locsin’s English translation of Noli because it preserves the color and cadence of Rizal’s Spanish. Rizal used ...
 
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What are your fondest memories of amusement parks in Manila?
During the late ’80s to early ’90s, amusement parks in Metro Manila represented the carefree, happy, and innocent summer days of childhood. Carefree is the operational word here because in those days, we never really minded that the rusty roller coasters and ...
 
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Fort Drum was napalmed in 1945. It has been abandoned since.
For over a hundred years, a lonely ghost stands as sentinel in Manila Bay, guarding against enemies long vanquished. The ghostly island was once known as El Fraile (The Friar), until it was leveled, reshaped, and named Fort Drum by the Americans after the ...
 
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The first three months of 1970 were a time of intense unrest and upheaval that shook the country to its very core and changed its destiny for better or worse.
It has been said that there are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen. For the Philippines, January to March 1970, the First Quarter Storm, was the latter.Those who were there when it happened can attest to how ...
 
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This Neo-Renaissance house once served as dormitory to a young Manuel Quezon.
When people think of Quiapo, there are a few things that automatically come to mind: It is home to the majestic Quiapo Church (built in 1933, expanded in 1984), its annual fiesta a ritual for tens of thousands who profess devotion to the Black Nazarene. ...
 
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There's something strange in the neighborhood.
There's something weirdly fun about sitting with your friends and talking about strange experiences, baffling phenomena, miracles and mysteries around the Philippines. You'll need a good dose of curiosity, natural skepticism, and a sense of humor to take all these stories—whether or ...
 
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Joya's 'Space Transfiguration' fetched a record sale of P112 million at the same auction in 2018.
The Asian Cultural Council Philippines (ACCP) Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the ACC Art Auction on February 22, 2020 at Leon Gallery. Two years ago, the same auction made history when National Artist Jose Joya’s iconic "Space Transfiguration" (1959) fetched ...
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