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Let historians have the final word on whether USC is older than UST.
For the longest time, the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas or UST has been recognized as the oldest university in Asia. But there are people disputing this, claiming the University of San Carlos or USC in Cebu is the oldest. UST ...
 
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Netopia was the unofficial national computer shop of the Philippines. 
It's been more than a decade since I stepped inside Netopia, the shop that popularized the term internet cafe in the Philippines. Today, Netopia has become a relic, one of the forgotten icons from the past two decades. Netopia was founded in 1996 by ...
 
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There's also a medal to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Mactan.
This year, the Philippines is commemorating the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s landing in the Philippines. We all know the story of how Lapu-Lapu and his warriors killed the Spanish explorer and drove out his men in the Battle of Mactan that happened ...
 
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This podcast delves deep into the untold history of the Philippines.
Not very many people know the British once ruled Manila. That's because it is largely left out of history textbooks in the Philippines. Lio Mangubat breathes life into the lost histories of the Philippines through Occupy Pilipinas, a podcast about history. Chapter 1: When ...
 
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It's not the first time a mob of angry protesters loyal to a fallen leader tried to violently overthrow the government.
American news media had a field day last Wednesday (January 6) when demonstrators loyal to President Donald Trump descended on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. The end goal was to disrupt the certification of electoral college votes for President-elect Joe Biden, which ...
 
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Who needs fancy diets?
There is a belief that dieting is a modern invention, but, in truth, people have been trying to lose weight for centuries. And even if it wasn’t a personal decision, the horizontally challenged were actually forced to drop the pounds by ingenious ...
 
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Kuba sa Quiapo starred Mila Del Sol and Leopoldo Salcedo.
The year 1949 was a turning point in Philippine history. It was the end of a decade ravaged by war. The country was rebuilding itself from the aftermath of World War II and, at the same time, finding its voice in the ...
 
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Philippine History was removed from the curriculum in 2014.
In 2014, the Department of Education removed Philippine History from the curriculum of high school students. Now, a petition is calling for its return. In 2017, education secretary Leonor Briones defended the move, saying "While Philippine History, as a subject, is no longer part ...
 
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Pierre Cardin died on December 29, 2020.
Pierre Cardin (pronounced pi-air kar-dahn) was considered the father of Space Age style and pioneer of branding and licensing in the fashion industry. In the Philippines, he once dressed the rich and famous but was also a merchant to the masses.Pierre Cardin ...
 
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The stop-motion classic influenced everything from Tim Burton to SpongeBob.
Let’s admit it: As a society, we have been nowhere near skeptical enough about Santa Claus. For whatever reason, we have collectively agreed is acceptable—nay, encouraged—to force-feed to our children a lie. But myth or not, there seems to be an undeniable plot ...
 
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Chiz Curls was launched in 1966.
In 1966, food company Universal Robina Corporation launched Chiz Curls, a puff snack dusted in orange cheese flavoring and packaged in the unmistakable blue plastic. The packaging's style has evolved over the years, but the vibrant blue and chunky font stuck, along with the snack's signature ...
 
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What happened to the last sultan of Sulu?
The Sultanate of Sulu was one of the most powerful kingdoms that existed in the Philippines, rivaled by the Sultanate of Maguindanao. At its peak, the sultanate controlled vast parts of North Borneo, Palawan, and the Sulu Archipelago. It was primarily the ...
 
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It was a harrowing experience its passengers wouldn’t soon forget.
Few of us are hopping on a flight these days, but even when we were all free to fly anytime, many of us still get anxious. From the moment the plane takes off to the minute it lands, many people can’t shake ...
 
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It is in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan.
In 2021, the Philippines will be celebrating 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan. To commemorate the event, the National Quincentennial Committee (NQC) has called for submissions of designs for the new Lapulapu National Monument, which will be enshrined at the atrium ...
 
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For millions of years, a mountain in Nueva Vizcaya churned out salt. And then it stopped. 
For millions of years, a mountain in the town of Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya produced salt. It was called the Salinas Salt Springs. It was a geographical protrusion on the landscape that looked like a strangely shaped hill, only it was covered in ...
 
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He had been sentenced to die years before he was gunned down by an assassin.
August 21, 1983 is well known in Philippine history as the day Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was felled by an assassin’s bullet upon his arrival at the Manila airport that now bears his name. The outspoken critic of then-President Ferdinand Marcos had been ...
 
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Do you remember the ‘Great Flood’ of 1972?
Like it or not, typhoons and floods are here to stay. Our country—aside from being situated in a region surrounded by earthquake faults as well as active and dormant volcanoes—sits astride a typhoon belt area that produces monsoon rains and typhoons yearly. And of ...
 
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Typhoon Dading of 1964 was the worst storm to hit Manila in 81 years.
The Philippines had just entered its monsoon season back in June 1964, and the third cyclone of the year had rolled into the country. Filipino meteorologists named it Typhoon Dading, internationally known as Typhoon Winnie. Manila was a direct hit. “I very well recall ...
 
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Once finished, the diorama will cover an area of 50 square feet and include 5,000 warriors. 
The Sulu Garden Foundation based in Miag-ao, Iloilo, began work on a diorama of the Battle of Mactan in July 2020. They intend to complete the 50-square-meter diorama depicting the true events that transpired on April 27, 1521. ALSO READThe Luna Sharpshooters: The ...
 
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The Luna Sharpshooters were called 'Marksmen of Death.'
Some 120 years ago, a handful of exceptionally skilled Filipino sharpshooters earned a reputation so legendary, their conquests are still remembered to this day. The Luna Sharpshooters were a crack unit of elite marksmen handpicked and trained by General Antonio Luna to serve ...
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