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Penal colonies were all the rage back then.
History has many moments that continue to puzzle people, one being the establishment of penal colonies. The practice of exiling prisoners and placing them somewhere far away was all the rage back then. It was recorded as early as the 17th century in China, and ...
 
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When he returned to his hometown, he was met with a standing ovation.
Jacob Smith “is a small man, rather slim, and is very bald. He is a neat dresser and in his citizens clothes did not look like the fierce soldier who had carried terror to the hearts of the most savage tribes in ...
 
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The water reservoir will open in 2020.
The largest remaining Spanish-era artifact in the Philippines (and possibly, the world) isn't a church or a school. It's the El Deposito water reservoir, the 150-meter-long waterway system that played an important role in San Juan's hygiene and the country's history. Though currently ...
 
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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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It’s the medical version of flat earthers.
There is alternative medicine and then there is medical fraud—“psychic surgery” falls in the latter category. Despite being debunked and rejected by almost every credible medical association and certified doctor, psychic surgeons continue to insist that their methods have healed people of ...
 
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In another episode of alternate histories.
The Philippines is no stranger to colonization. Spain, the United States of America, and Japan all fought to keep the Philippine islands under their rule. And Germany, through Denmark, could have been another Philippine colonizer if history had gone another way.Before the ...
 
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Anyone can be an archaeologist on Google Earth.
Armchair exploration is now a pastime of thousands, thanks to Google Earth. Its satellite imagery is one of the most detailed and comprehensive in the world available to the public, such that regular people are discovering what we thought archaeologists and scientists ...
 
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His life and faith is a reminder of the hold of religion in the Philippines.
In 1636 Manila, a man was accused of committing murder most foul. Normally, the courts arranged for justice to be served after due process, but the situation was slightly different. The victim was a Spaniard, and the accused?It was Lorenzo Ruiz.The news ...
 
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The revolutionary hero had a will of pure iron.
It is generally considered common knowledge that Emilio Aguinaldo was the first President of the Philippines, although there is some heated debate on whether or not to consider the Supremo of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio, as President, as well. Another significant debate also ...
 
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Thus ends the Tiger of Malaya’s last campaign: broken, defeated, and surrendering to the very man he once defeated to gain his name.
On September 3, 1945, General Tomoyuki Yamashita formally surrendered, along with his less than 50,000-strong command to American Generals Arthur Percival and Jonathan Wainwright in Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The war had formally ended just weeks before on August 15, when ...
 
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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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The hideout was used by the Japanese in the 1940s.
War has no winners, as the saying goes. An underground tunnel is testament to this: the Onishi Peace Shrine in Tarlac serves as a memorial for the fallen soldiers of World War II. The tunnel was used as a communications base by Japanese ...
 
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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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What defines a hero?
It sounds like a question you’d get asked if you were in elementary school, but it pays to re-think it every now and then. The last time we, as a nation, asked ourselves what makes a hero was during the Marcos burial ...
 
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Separating fact from misinformation about one of the most important figures who shaped Philippine history.
Whether you consider yourself a “Marcos loyalist,” or a “Yellow supporter,” or neither, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.’s legacy to the Filipino nation cannot be denied. He was more than consequential; his life (and death) truly shaped the nation. He was a driving ...
 
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Plus, the husband and wife tandem behind it who changed the face of Philippine entertainment.
The country’s favorite trope of the downtrodden probinsyano boy pining for a girl out of his league could be mostly blamed on movies. In fact, the very first Filipino movie has this exact narrative. The film, called Dalagang Bukid, was directed by Jose Nepomuceno, whose life ...
 
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So that’s where Jose Rizal got his fire.
Today is the death anniversary of Teodora Alonzo, mother, teacher, and protector of the Rizal family.When Jose Rizal was only 11 years old, he witnessed the extraordinary bravery of his mother: The Spaniards arrested Doña Teodora and made her walk 50 kilometers around Laguna. Upon arriving at ...
 
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Labor leader and worker's champion Crisanto Evangelista left an indelible mark in Philippine history.
The early years of the 20th century were some of the most important ones for Philippine society. The revolution failed to remove colonial influence; it only replaced it with American imperialism. New movements were springing up. People were becoming conscious of their ...
 
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The Filipino community dates back to over 200 years.
Many history books have focused on the Philippines and its ties to many places. As resourceful and as resilient as we are, Filipinos have survived in the farthest corners of the world. Surprisingly that includes Alaska where one of the earliest Filipino settlements is found. Alaska's Filipino community dates ...
 
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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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