More articles about: history

 
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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. ...
 
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How the humble tsinelas became a popular Filipino icon.
For Filipinos born in the ‘70s through the ‘90s, slippers or tsinelas represent more than just a type of footwear: they are both a tool for corporal punishment, and an implement for playing tumbang preso.  The pre-colonial Filipinos were predominantly barefoot. In the ...
 
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The lifelong advocate of gender equality was also a National Scientist and an eminent historian.
On September 15, 1935, President Manuel L. Quezon finally signed into law the legislation granting Filipino women the right to vote. Eighteen years earlier in 1919, a 24-year-old woman argued in an article for the Philippine Review that if women are to ...
 
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There are only a few heritage buildings that have stood the test of time.
An unfortunate combination of bad luck and bad governance has led to the destruction of many heritage structures in the Philippines. The National Commission for Culture and Arts is compiling a list of the oldest buildings and structures found in the country, ...
 
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The recent influx of historical documents by auction houses is changing how we view our history.
The past few months have been momentous for the historical memorabilia auction scene, as important documents from pivotal scenes in Philippine history were put under the hammer, including documents penned by Bonifacio himself, Aguinaldo’s first-hand account of the Bonifacio execution, and the ...
 
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He crossed the Pacific, from Hawaii to Siargao.
Florentino Das was to the seas and waters born. The Filipino Sinbad, who would gain worldwide attention in 1955 for his solo voyage across the Pacific in a wooden boat, first saw the light of day on April 19, 1918 in the ...
 
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Behind the decay, there is beauty.
An old railway station stands silent, as if frozen in time, in the heart of Paco, where passers-by can only wonder at the intricately carved eagles perched atop its columns.Located in front of Plaza Dilao, the station is in a state of ...
 
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A midnight explosion lead to the sinking of SuperFerry 14.
From 2000 to 2007, there were over 40 major bombings against civilians and public property in the Philippines. From these tragic terrorist attacks, over 1,700 casualties were recorded. Aside from the infamous Valentine's Day bombings, another attack that gained international media attention ...
 
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From lawyers to royalty, these people have the blood of heroes in them.
There is a long list of people who have made great sacrifices for our country and sometimes we tend to think of them as simply larger than life. It’s important to remember though that these heroes were people, too, with hopes, dreams, ...
 
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Motoring shift took place 70 years ago
A day in March marks an important milestone for Philippine motoring because it was on March 10, 1945, that President Sergio Osmeña signed Executive Order No. 34, which directed Filipino motorists to drive on the right side of the road. Until that time, Philippine vehicles ...
 
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For over 80 years now, the two-kilometer Mabini Street located in once-genteel Ermita has been the nexus of touristy and artistic activities.
For over 80 years now, Mabini Street, the two-kilometer street located in once-genteel Ermita has been the nexus of touristy and artistic activities. In its heyday, it teemed with art galleries and shops, making it Manila’s most colorful alley.Mabini was known in ...
 
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The destruction of Manila became an inevitable consequence of a lack of planning.
In his book, Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila, James M. Scott sheds light on General Douglas MacArthur’s ineptitudes in the liberation of Manila and the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese during the Battle of Manila based on chilling first-hand accounts of ...
 
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The story of how our national hero bungled his first attempt at having a girlfriend, and how he shrewdly managed to be engaged to two women at the same time.
Many Filipinos look up to national hero Jose Rizal for his admirable traits: courage, wit, intelligence, and patriotism. However, if there is one thing he repeatedly failed at, it was his quest for romance.Rizal was linked to numerous women in his day, but the ...
 
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Maybe there’s one right around the corner
A historical marker is a plaque given by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, acknowledging the significance of a place in the country’s history. So it’s not unusual to see these markers on the entrances of heritage houses and establishments or ...
 
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Forbes Park is a result of an urban plan that can be traced back to a hundred years’ history, beginning in the 1800s.
Beyond the ravages of World War II that left 80 percent of Manila in shambles in 1945 (it was the second most devastated city in the world after Warsaw), the Ayala family saw a vision of opulence and economic prosperity. At the heart ...
 
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When the Philippines needed them the most, these people heeded her call.
The story of the Filipino people is essentially a story of war. Looking back on 300 years of Spanish rule, followed by American colonialism and Japanese invasion, our nation had a plethora of patriots and heroes.The thing about patriotism is that it's ...
 
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The story of Binondo is the story of the Chinese-Filipino.
Today, Binondo is famous as the world’s oldest Chinatown: a slice of China outside the mainland. The Binondo area, from the streets of Escolta and Divisoria to the bustle of Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz all the way to Ongpin—and the many who ...
 
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Massacre or misencounter?
The Mendiola Massacre that took place during Corazon Aquino’s presidency was a stark contrast to the peaceful revolution that put her in power. That dark, bloody day cast a shadow over her family’s political legacy, but it was not enough to prevent her ...