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Jose Rizal wrote of the bridge in El Filibusterismo.
In the quiet town of Majayjay, Laguna, there is an old bridge that was never finished, but its beauty and elegance were so legendary that it found its way in the pages of Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo.In the first chapter of the ...
 
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One remedy has instructions for people bitten by rabid dogs.
The UST Heritage Library is a depository of 30,000 ancient books dating back from the 15th to the 19th century. When we visited its holdings in May 2019, there was one book that caught our attention because of its peculiar contents: Ang Mahusay ...
 
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It became a textbook example of how to prevail against a larger enemy force.
In World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously said, “Give me ten thousand Filipinos and I will conquer the world.”His quote was not lost when the Philippines sent 4,420 troops to aid the United Nations in the Korean War. The Philippines was ...
 
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No, the dead may not rest for grave robbers.
Angelito Oreta is a grave robber. But he is no Lara Croft, who raids tombs for treasures. He makes a living by plundering freshly dug up graves in Manila in search of kneecaps, not trinkets. He uses the kneecaps to make amulets ...
 
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One photo shows Manuel Quezon looking weary and scared in a submarine.
Most of the photographs we've seen of Manuel Quezon show him surrounded by a group of politicians or posing in a stately manner.History books usually leave out photos of the statesman show him having fun, laughing, or dancing with women.In one rare ...
 
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Jesus Villamor’s squadron of six repelled 54 Japanese air raiders in Batangas.
On a bright and sunny day in July 1941, five months before the Philippines was dragged into World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur formally drafted into the USAFFE the best pilots at the time. It was composed of 141 Filipino and American ...
 
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It's a textbook example of how to handle pandemics.
Smallpox today is an obscure disease, but one which has a terrifying reputation that wiped out entire civilizations. In the 16th century, the Spaniards purposely introduced smallpox to the Americas to wipe out the native populations. The disease destroyed the might Aztec, ...
 
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Sta. Ana Cabaret was the world's largest dance hall.
Tales of Manila’s opulence and genteel charm as the Paris of Asia is not complete without mentioning the Sta. Ana Cabaret of Santos Street. It was so popular that it made the pages of Life magazine, once a big-time American publication. Meaning, ...
 
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This breathtaking rendition of 'Bahay Kubo' is what we need right now.
Who knew the Filipino folksong "Bahay Kubo" could sound so beautiful? That’s what Marian Mayuga proved when she masterfully delivered an at-home recital of the piece, which is a composition of highly respected Filipino violinist Gilopez Kabayao. Mayuga started by playing the classic ...
 
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It's the first time this has happened.
Residents in communities around Laguna de Bay were shocked as multiple twisters appeared on the lake just before sunset on May 30. It is the first time such phenomenon happened in the lake.At least five twisters were seen in the photos uploaded ...
 
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Darak cookies saved the lives of thousands of Filipinos and Americans.
Maria Ylagan Orosa was the Philippines’ foremost food technologist. She was also the country’s first woman scientist. She invented soyalac, calamansi juice powder, and most notably, banana ketchup. She was also a war heroine who served as captain in the guerilla forces.ALSO ...
 
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He can now boast of being the Sheldon Cooper of the Philippines.
A homegrown Filipino gravitational physicist will soon join the ranks of Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking. His name is Reginald Christian Bernardo, the first Filipino to complete his dissertation on alternate theories of gravity at the University of ...
 
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Sweeping natural landscapes, fascinating architecture, historical structures, and more.
The Philippines is a beautiful country, no doubt about it, and while we agree that beauty is a matter of angles and perspective, we also have to concede that some places are more photogenic than others. These cities and towns are undeniably ...
 
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Filipinos tamed dogs long before they were colonized.
More than 800 years ago, long before dog breeds and pedigrees came to the country, pre-colonial Filipinos already loved their indigenous canine companions and even buried them in cemeteries for people. Sometime in the 1960s, a site in Sta. Ana, Manila was excavated ...
 
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'Carnal Tales' blends folklore and religious elements.
Filipino superstitions, folklore, and religion take the spotlight in a Filipino comic book about twin brothers who find themselves reliving the lore they heard from their grandmother in their childhood.Carnal Tales masterfully blends elements from Filipino folklore and Catholicism to create a rich ...
 
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The anti-submarine ship is capable of downing warplanes.
The Philippines will add the very first brand-new warship to its list of navy assets and will christen it BRP Jose Rizal. BRP Jose Rizal departed from the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, on May 19 and will arrive ...
 
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Economists are optimistic about the future of the country.
Despite the ongoing pandemic and months-long nationwide lockdown, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees a rosy economic growth for the Philippines next year.In an interview with ANC on May 20, ADB senior economist James Villafuerte said the international lender is optimistic about ...
 
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Compare the old and present photos of Manila's historic parks and plazas.
During colonial times up to sometime before World War II, it was considered fashionable to meet up in public spaces like parks and plazas. This was way before the time when shopping malls filled our days, and sitting under a tree didn't ...
 
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And now, Tambunting is collecting your gold.
The year was 1890, and Don Ildefonso Tan Bunting was operating horse-drawn carriages that collected garbage from Manila’s busiest districts. The government paid him five centavos for every can he collected.But at the time, the city of Manila was almost bankrupt because of ...
 
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We should be proud of our native askals.
Village dogs—that’s how scientists called askals in their study: unpedigreed, indigenous dogs living with humans in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Askal, short for asong kalye or street dog, is the term for native dogs in the Philippines. But in recent years, ...
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