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How the Chinese in Manila during the 17th to 19th centuries survived a ruthless persecution by the Spaniards, and still emerged as crucial economic assets in the Philippines.
 
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From opportunistic generals to kangaroo courts, some things don’t seem to change.
 
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Rivera allegedly burned all of Rizal’s letters and had the ashes sewn into the fabric of her wedding dress.
 
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Malacañang’s regal halls, gleaming floors of wood, and reinforced walls belie a history of humble beginnings and constant changes.
 
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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.
 
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The true legacy of Nick Joaquin lies not in the volume or richness or brilliance of his works, but in the optimism in the Filipino.
 
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Clark's, the first ice cream shop in the Philippines, was the coolest place in turn-of-the-20th-century Manila.
 
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Long-time human rights lawyer Chel Diokno wants to empower younger generations to become better nation-builders. Fixing the country’s broken justice system is the first step.
 
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In a quest for 'likes' and 'subscribers', a generation of wannabe YouTube stars embarked on ever more dangerous pranks - with disastrous consequences. In an extract from his new book YouTubers, Esquire contributor Chris Stokel-Walker tells the story of 'Dammit Boy', a Desert Eagle pistol and life ruined in pursuit of a new kind of celebrity
 
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Basketball legend Robert Jaworski gives us a few tips on being a team player on the court and in life.
 
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In the hands of the food alchemist of Toyo Eatery, one of the best restaurants in Asia, the mundane becomes sublime.
 
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From fighting for the eight-hour work day to ending exploitation, workers around the world unite on May 1 to lose the chains that bind.
 
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Doña Aurora Quezon was austere yet gentle, and was a well-loved figure in Philippine history.
 
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Mother, advocate, reluctant politician, and senatorial candidate Nancy Binay has one of the most recognizable names in Philippine politics. Nevertheless, she's working doubly hard to prove that she deserves to be here.
 
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Magellan died because he underestimated the battle-hardened Filipino natives.
 
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A quick refresher on the Filipino mythology surrounding earthquakes, and some of the most devastating ones that scarred the Philippines in recent memory.
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