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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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Part III of the Re-Thinking Rizal trilogy.
On August 8, 1897, in Spain, a lone gunman shot then Spanish Prime Minister Antonio Canovas del Castillo point-blank, and killed him. The gunman was immediately arrested, and the news was received by a country in panic. But the strangest part of ...
 
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Part II of the Re-Thinking Rizal trilogy.
“The pride of the Malay Race”—this is just one of the many titles bestowed on Philippine national hero Jose Rizal. He contributed to art, literature, science, politics, and the very identity Filipinos hold today. His works and legacy influenced political leaders and ...
 
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Part I of the Re-Thinking Rizal Trilogy.
Filipinos are well aware of the impact and legacy national hero Jose Rizal had on shaping the Philippines as we know it, but Rizal’s heroism continues to influence countries even beyond our borders—particularly that of Indonesia, a nation that views Rizal with ...
 
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The Christmas Truce of World War I proved the power of peace.
Wars are fought by soldiers, puppets of the powerful men who stay far away from the battlefield. It’s these soldiers who endure the worst of the carnage, but even in times of desperation, it is they who find hope where others cannot. ...
 
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After 10 long years, a decision will be made about the dark event that took away the lives of 58 people and dulled national conscience.
Eduardo Lechonsito was a government employee working for Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat. The 53-year-old suffered a mild stroke earlier that day and was worried. He decided not to risk it and took a day off to get a check-up. Tacurong is a city, ...
 
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The crazy rich Asian royalty of the East.
Monarchies might seem outdated, but that hasn’t stopped numerous royal families around the world from continuing their line. Everyone knows about the British Royal Family and other European monarchies, but did you know that Asia has more monarchs than any other continent?The ...
 
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Each night, the U.?S. Capitol becomes a tomb where another day’s events are laid to rest. But on September 24, 2019, rest never came—and it never has since.
The end of a working day in the U. S. Capitol can come at any time. If it comes at the customary time, which is to say in the early evening, the place takes on a crepuscular feeling, as though you can hear ...
 
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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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The 50-year-old actor tears away the veil of disarming charm to reveal the vulnerabilities that make him the man he is today.
It’s 10 a.m. on a sleepy Wednesday morning at the Spirits Library in Poblacion. The lights are dim, the bar is dry, and the WiFi isn’t cooperating. We’re waiting for Aga Muhlach to show up for his cover shoot.   When he was ...
 
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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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Quiboloy, self-proclaimed owner of the universe, has six million faithful followers.
Appointed Son of God, Lucifer’s Conqueror, Owner of the Universe. These are just some of the self-proclaimed titles Apollo Quiboloy goes by. His penchant for superlatives is equally matched by the faith of his followers, who believe that Quiboloy is the fulfilment ...
 
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Raise a glass for the men of the hour.
Esquire Philippines has the honor of celebrating outstanding Filipinos shaping culture as we know it. These are men and women who are truly in a class of their own—businessmen, public servants, artists, and athletes who raise the bar with every exceptional pursuit.In ...
 
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From golden ice cream bars to hypebeast sneakers to luxury skincare, the young boss has cornered the market of the most wanted.
Five years ago, Michael Concepcion and I were at Magnum Café, days before its opening while the entire team was in a mad scramble of meetings, trainings, and testings. He doesn’t remember that interview, but I managed to dig up the article ...
 
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What’s in a name?
Metro Manila is home to 16 cities and over 13 million people. It’s the fifth most populous urban area in the world, and currently the center of the country’s culture, politics, and economy. But before it became a sprawling metropolis, Metro Manila ...
 
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Philippine superstitions and folklore were the perfect weapons against rebels.
It’s no secret that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America will go to great lengths to defeat its enemies—whether at home or abroad. At the height of the Cold War in the ‘50s, they were responsible for overthrowing the government ...
 
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Whatever you do, don’t look over your shoulder.
Failed thesis defense and final exams aren’t the worst university ghost stories out there. Some are even more horrifying, sans professors and deadlines. The following stories are sure to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.Read on if you ...
 
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And the unsung revolutionists: The Sakdalistas.
Some four months ago, the film Quezon’s Game was released to general acclaim. The film depicted the personal efforts of Manuel Quezon to rescue as many as 10,000 Jews from what would eventually become the Holocaust. Well received for its portrayal of an obscure topic in ...
 
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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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