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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 ...
 
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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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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, ...
 
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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 ...
 
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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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At a time when societies are as divisive as they are now perhaps what we need more than ever are people like President Manuel Quezon to put their empathy to action.
“Could I have done more?”Manuel Quezon, second President of the Philippines and the first of the Commonwealth, asks this question of his wife, Aurora, as they view a 1944 newsreel on the atrocities of the Nazi regime. The American cameras don’t hold ...
 
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The Spanish painter’s descendants, who are now based in Budapest, located his resting place in Manila through a Facebook post.
When Mark Zuckerberg and his co-founders established Facebook, their primary goal was to solve a communication gap in 2004. “You know, I was just trying to help connect people at colleges and a few schools,” he said in an interview with CNBC last ...
 
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When every other country was closing their doors to the Holocaust refugees, Filipinos proudly opened theirs, saving the lives of 1,200 Jewish refugees in the Philippines.
At a time when Jews were the most desperate of desperates, when they were being subjected to unimaginable horrors, when they were being hunted, exterminated, and treated like pestilence, every other nation closed their doors to Jewish refugees in their darkest hour, but ...
 
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Doña Aurora Quezon was austere yet gentle, and was a well-loved figure in Philippine history.
Every April 28, Filipinos remember the ruthless assassination of Aurora Antonia Aragón Quezon, more affectionately known as Doña Aurora Quezon—the Philippines’ first official first lady. Although previous Philippine presidents had spouses, it was only during the presidency of Manuel Quezon when the ...
 
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Magellan died because he underestimated the battle-hardened Filipino natives.
Every April 27, Filipinos commemorate the Battle of Mactan, the fateful day when Lapu-Lapu led his tribe to repel Spaniards from invading our shores. Lapu-Lapu’s ardent love for freedom led him to victory. Or at least that was what we were taught ...
 
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The story of how our national hero bungled his first attempt at having a girlfriend, and how he shrewdly managed to be engaged to two women at the same time.
Many Filipinos look up to national hero Jose Rizal for his admirable traits: courage, wit, intelligence, and patriotism. However, if there is one thing he repeatedly failed at, it was his quest for romance.Rizal was linked to numerous women in his day, ...
 
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The destruction of Manila became an inevitable consequence of a lack of planning.
In his book, Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila, James M. Scott sheds light on General Douglas MacArthur’s ineptitudes in the liberation of Manila and the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese during the Battle of Manila based on chilling ...
 
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Higgins gives us a glimpse into pre-Hispanic history.
Artist Mark Lewis Higgins is giving us a visual history lesson by way of his first exhibition in 12 years, entitled “Gold In Our Veins.” This foray back into the art scene is nothing short of a grand welcome with the generous ...
 
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Filipinos, commoners and nobility alike, wore gold jewelry as everyday accessories.
When 17th-century Spanish missionary Francisco Colin came to the Philippines, he mentioned that “there are no kings or rulers worthy of mention” in the islands. He made a common mistake among European observers at the time in searching for evidence of early ...
 
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Malacañang’s regal halls, gleaming floors of wood, and reinforced walls belie a history of humble beginnings and constant changes.
Malacañang Palace was built in 1750 and started as a small weekend house, but through the years has been renovated to the fortress it is today. Its name Malacañang means “place of fisherman.” Malacañang’s exterior surfaces are all bullet-proof and bomb-proof as ...
 
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One of the documents led Bonifacio to his early demise.
Emilio Aguinaldo and Andres Bonifacio’s rivalry was the Philippines’ most notorious and intriguing, it being peppered with secrets and deception that we have only recently begun to understand. Thanks to extremely historically important documents that have resurfaced after more than 100 years ...
 
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The exceedingly rare document, which comes in three pieces, goes under the gavel at Leon Gallery.
A telegraph sent to Antonio Luna allegedly from Emilio Aguinaldo before his assassination on June 5, 1899, is up for auction at the Leon Gallery in Makati at a starting price of P500,000. According to a curator from the Leon Gallery, Aguinaldo ...
 
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The Rizal family’s wealth has always been a point of curiosity: Why were they wealthy? Where did their wealth come from? How affluent was the Rizal family?
Our history textbooks reveal the Rizal family was counted among the wealthier families in the Philippines in the 19th century.Historian Ambeth Ocampo describes the clan as “upper class, educated, well-read, and had a view of the world outside Calamba.”Jose Rizal and his ...
 
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These important pieces in Philippine history will go on the auction block on September 8.
“We can clone Andres Bonifacio and make him run for President!” a playful Lisa Guerrero Nakpil, curator of Leon Gallery, jokingly says of the Decalogue, formally titled “Katungkulang gagawin ng mga Z. L l . B, or Anak ng Bayan.” It is ...
 
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Facts about our National Hero that may have been overlooked in the teaching of history in classrooms.
Today, June 19, is the birthday of Jose Rizal. Leading experts on Jose Rizal such as Renato Constantino (Veneration Without Understanding, 1970) and Ambeth Ocampo (Rizal Without the Overcoat Revised Edition, 1998) tell us that the first step to appreciating the heroism ...
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