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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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An essay by a Filipino living in Italy, where COVID-19 has killed over 2,000 patients and placed the entire country under lockdown.
As I write these words, the sky outside the window is overcast. It looks bitter and hard like concrete. The empty, quiet roads, the closed shutters, and drawn curtains of houses all exude an air of defeat. Even the birds are unusually ...
 
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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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He is now a member of the highly exclusive Circumnavigator's Club.
Regin Reyno circumnavigated the world in 2019. Because of his feat, he was accepted into the Circumnavigator’s Club whose members included General Douglas MacArthur, Neil Armstrong, William Howard Taft, and Harry Houdini. He named his journey around the world Tuyok, a Visayan word ...
 
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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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They walked so we could run.
The Order of National Scientists (ONS) of the Philippines is the single highest recognition bestowed upon Filipino scientists by the national government. The lesser known cousin to the Order of National Artists, the ONS recognizes exemplary individuals to the Philippine scientific community. ...
 
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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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These are the harsh realities revealed by North Korean defectors.
When it comes to information about the reclusive state of North Korea, the best intelligence agencies of the world, including the CIA, are uncharacteristically less informed. They heavily rely on South Korea for much of the intelligence regarding the North.Popular K-Drama series ...
 
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The queen of Philippine cinema was a heroine on the battlefield as well as the big screen.
More than 100 years ago, the Philippines first real movie star Carmen Rosales was born on March 3, 1917. Known as Januaria Constantino Keller to her family and Mameng to her friends, Rosales was a half-Swedish, half-Filipino superstar who found fame on ...
 
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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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This is the amazing tale of a soldier, an appendix, and a spontaneous self-surgery.
Strange things have happened in Philippine jungles. For one, a Japanese World War II soldier named Hiroo Onoda decided to hide in the jungles of Mindoro—for 29 years—to avoid getting captured by the enemy. While he found the wild jungle cozy enough to ...
 
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His death birthed the Yamashita standard, or what many simply call command responsibility.
Tomoyuki Yamashita is a name many Filipinos, particularly older generations, know all too well. Any mention of his name is tinged with distaste if not outright disgust. Besides the war loot or treasure he and the Japanese forces allegedly hid in caves ...
 
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No one has ever managed to actually kill a Philippine President. But the same cannot be said for their spouses.
In all of Philippine history, no President has ever been assassinated during or after their terms. There have been assassination attempts and deaths in office due to health issues, but no one has ever managed to actually kill a Philippine President. But the ...
 
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When not moonlighting as DJ Katsu or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the 28-year-old businesswoman headlines the net-positive investment firm KSR Ventures and events company CC:Concepts.
It’s 9 in the morning at Solaire, and already guests are positioned at the card tables and the slots, looking like they just rolled out of bed, or never went home to it. Solaire’s decadent, winner-takes-all interiors transport you to another place, ...
 
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With the bans lifted, residents can now return to their homes. But the damage is already done.
After two weeks of restless anticipation for Taal Volcano’s next move, PHIVOLCS lowered Taal’s alert status to Level 3 on January 24. With the alert level lowered, meaning Taal is no longer at risk of a violent eruption, the lockdown on most ...
 
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In this episode of lost footnotes in history, we explore why Andrew Carnegie, once the world’s richest man, offered to buy the Philippines’ independence.
One of the richest Americans in history, Andrew Carnegie was a steel magnate from New York whose wealth could compete against the pharaohs of old. And like most billionaires, Carnegie somehow managed to become embroiled in politics. As one of the world's ...
 
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'I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.'
American writer Alice Walker once said, “Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.” We’ve seen this in the literature of Jose Rizal, and had he survived, perhaps he would have had something to say on the atrocities ...
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