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Did you also fall for one of these predictions?
Mars will collide with Jupiter. Pluto will explode. Earth will be engulfed in darkness and only candles blessed by a priest will light up.These are some of the weird end-of-the-world prophecies Filipinos believed during the ’90s—a strange era when people were gullible ...
 
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A wooden bust of Rizal, attributed to the National Hero himself, has just recently resurfaced.
We found Rizal's first selfie.And no, it wasn’t taken before the Eiffel Tower, or at the Hotel Inglés in Madrid, or on the streets of Heidelberg. And it isn’t so much a capture as it is the photograph’s solemn kinsman: the wooden ...
 
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The Sanchez House is at least 50 years old, according to the NHCP.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has vowed to preserve Manila’s historical structures, and has spurred a renaissance of sorts with various rehabilitations of several sites in the city, including the Jones Bridge rehabilitation. But not all historical structures could be saved, ...
 
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We’ve always had people like Rizal who showed the world what it meant to be an indio bravo, the 'pride of the Malay Race.'
On the morning of December 30, 1896, Jose Rizal was executed in Bagumbayan, just outside the walled city of Intramuros, on charges of masterminding a rebellion. The Philippine Revolution was in full swing at the time, and the Spanish government was cracking ...
 
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A look back on the glory days of Bulacan's pyrotechnics industry.
Pyrotechnics have been around for centuries, but in the Philippines, one family from Bulacan became industry pioneers more than 150 years ago.It all started in 1867 in the little town of Sta. Maria, Bulacan. According to the Bulacan provincial government,  the local ...
 
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The Philippine archipelago was a collection of diverse political entities before the arrival of the Spanish.
There is a common misconception that the Spanish “discovered” the Philippines. That, prior to Spanish conquest, the Philippines had nothing but savage indios who needed the civilization of the West to enlighten it.Of course, we now know just how far that notion is from ...
 
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An avid commentator on world events, Tolstoy’s attention had not escaped the Philippines.
While it’s easy to assume that the Philippines is a peripheral country in the shadow of great Asian giants, history proves otherwise, particularly in the perspective of some of the greatest scholars and writers to ever live.One such writer was Leo Tolstoy ...
 
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Deadly nightshade was on President Quezon's list of prescribed medicines two months before he passed.
Back in 1944, doctors and scientists lacked the proper technology and research to determine which types of substances are actually good or bad for your health. For example, colloidal silver was once used as a homeopathic medicine, but with the side effect ...
 
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Philippine urban legends are some of the weirdest in the world.
It’s unbelievable how people used to believe in Philippine urban legends from the ‘90s, which, in retrospect, seemed to be pretty silly and weird. The following are some of the legends you may have heard from your aunts, uncles, cousins, or parents ...
 
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Exploring an alternate history.
Here’s a shocking piece of information: Emilio Aguinaldo had Andres Bonifacio executed after a sham trial in a bid to secure his power-base in the Katipunan, ultimately leading to a shift in revolutionary ideals and paving the way for American colonialism.But not to ...
 
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The four La Madre statues on Jones Bridge were meant to instruct the public on very specific lessons.
Last week, two sculptures of La Madre Filipina were returned to their original plinths on the historic Jones Bridge in Manila. The first statue is a replica of the original that was destroyed in World War II, while the second statue was repatriated ...
 
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This wasn't the first time athletes had trouble with accommodations
It's odd to think about all the complaints regarding the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games, especially because it's not the first time that the country hosted the prestigious sporting event. Prior to this year, the Philippines hosted it three other times. You'd ...
 
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The Balangay boats are set to sail 2,000 kilometers from Palawan to Mactan.
In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Victory in Mactan and the first circumnavigation of the world, the National Quincentennial Committee approved the participation of balangay boats as part of the commemoration's official program.The balangay boats will sail from San Vicente, Palawan, ...
 
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Bonifacio's letter written in his own blood reveals plans to expand the KKK to Mindanao.
On November 30, the nation will commemorate the 156th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, Katipunan founder and revolutionary leader. Previously thought as a simple peasant, newer research and more thorough accounting of history tells a very different character of Bonifacio: that he ...
 
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We revisit the remarkable journey of the country’s leading pizza chain.
Shakey’s has been one of the country’s go-to food joints for delicious thin-crust pizzas and addictive mojos. Despite the highly competitive restaurant scene, the brand has withstood changing tides and continues to be a place where family and friends make memories. Given ...
 
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To some, he was a chaotic holdout. To others, he was a soldier who held on to his duty.
Soldiers live and breathe duty, no matter the cost or sacrifice—this is something that Hiroo Onoda took to heart when he refused to surrender even decades after the Imperial Japanese Army had surrendered in World War II.For 29 years, he hid in ...
 
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One woman escaped the wrath of a Luna brother while the other tragically did not survive. 
Juan and Antonio Luna were the best of men, but they were also the worst of men.The Luna brothers are usually held in the same regard as Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Apolinario Mabini. Juan's obra maestra, the "Spoliarium," still hangs in full glory ...
 
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A planned revolt by the Manila noble class against Spanish rule may (or may not!) change the course of history.
Conspiracy theories are rarely fun. To be honest, most of the time, they’re more stupid than brilliant.But those are conspiracy theories. Actual conspiracies, however, are another matter entirely. And the Philippines is no stranger to schemes, plots, hidden secrets, and mysterious dealings. ...
 
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The white lady is a familiar story repeated throughout history, and told around the world.
When people talk about ghosts, there is none more popular than the white lady. She has been featured in countless movies (hello, Sadako) and has become a sort of pop culture icon, being referenced in chick flicks such Mean Girls (Lindsay Lohan ...
 
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Maria Orosa also invented two kinds of plants.
On November 29, the Philippines will commemorate the 126th birth anniversary of Maria Orosa. To many residents of Manila, the name is a reference to an obscure street in Malate surrounded by more familiar historical figures whose names have also become streets: ...
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