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What if… Basilan became a French colony in 1844?
In the contemporary world of Filipinos, despite the scars we carry from our long, arduous history under colonizers, there is much adoration for anything foreign. This allure is birthed into existence, something we refer to now as the colonial mentality.It’s our cross ...
Back in the ‘50s, Filipino soldiers fought for South Korea.
Before the Korean cultural wave, the Philippines was already tied to Korea—this time through blood and battle instead of K-dramas and K-pop.A few years after World War II ended, it was North Korea's turn to stoke conflict when it started invading beyond the ...
It’s not at all like history class.
The history of the Philippines boasts countless narratives, although not all of them get time in the spotlight. These pieces of history get buried somewhere in the abyss of ancient documents and accounts. So what happens to them? That’s where The Colonial Dept comes in.  Created ...
What happened to the last sultan of Sulu?
The Sultanate of Sulu was one of the most powerful kingdoms that existed in the Philippines, rivaled by the Sultanate of Maguindanao. At its peak, the sultanate controlled vast parts of North Borneo, Palawan, and the Sulu Archipelago. It was primarily the ...
Thanks to these men, Philippine textbooks saw its greatest plot twists.
The Philippines has its fair share of villains. These infamous baddies were either disloyal to their people or aided enemy factions intentionally or accidentally. While the journey to independence was paved with traitors, a few names stand out in history books.History books paint ...
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 ...
They were rebel leaders, undercover messengers, and silent assassins.
During times of war when women were expected to play secondary roles to men, these badass Filipina warriors chose to march to the forefront, engage in battle, and bravely fight for the country's independence and freedom.A daughter of a peasant in Ilocos, ...
Before the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) was built, many flocked to the Manila Grand Opera House to seek classical entertainment.
The Manila Grand Opera House was the country’s most popular theater in the 1900s, built on the corner of Doroteo Jose Street and Avenida, formerly the metro’s center of entertainment. Also called ‘The Grand Opera House’, ‘Opera House’, or simply abbreviated as ...
Throughout his life, Amorsolo’s sketches and studies are estimated to number over 10,000 pieces.
Fernando Amorsolo, the first National Artist of the Philippines for painting, grew up during a time of transition for the country. Amorsolo and his mother moved to Manila and lived with his uncle, Fabian de la Rosa, a painter. Under his uncle’s ...
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