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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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He went from Communist to beloved mayor of Calamba.
From myths and absurd rumors to relationships, we here at Esquire have just about explored every detail about Jose Rizal's life. He is, after all, the country's national hero. But if there's one thing that we haven't discussed a lot, it's his relatives.The Filipino "Today I ...
 
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Eman Lacaba gave everything in all his endeavors, whether in writing or struggle with the people.
Ho Chi Minh once said that we should “make poems including iron and steel, that a poet must also learn how to lead an attack.”None exemplified the image of a warrior-poet more than Eman Lacaba. He was a lot of things to ...
 
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The man from Albay chose to give up a comfortable life to fight for the country.
What drives a man to do heroic deeds? In the early years of the 20th century, the Philippines was host to an entire nation of heroes: farmers, workers, young men, and professionals, all of whom took up arms to fight for an ...
 
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When he returned to his hometown, he was met with a standing ovation.
Jacob Smith “is a small man, rather slim, and is very bald. He is a neat dresser and in his citizens clothes did not look like the fierce soldier who had carried terror to the hearts of the most savage tribes 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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The revolutionary hero had a will of pure iron.
It is generally considered common knowledge that Emilio Aguinaldo was the first President of the Philippines, although there is some heated debate on whether or not to consider the Supremo of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio, as President, as well. Another significant debate also ...
 
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Thus ends the Tiger of Malaya’s last campaign: broken, defeated, and surrendering to the very man he once defeated to gain his name.
On September 3, 1945, General Tomoyuki Yamashita formally surrendered, along with his less than 50,000-strong command to American Generals Arthur Percival and Jonathan Wainwright in Camp John Hay, Baguio City. The war had formally ended just weeks before on August 15, when ...
 
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What defines a hero?
It sounds like a question you’d get asked if you were in elementary school, but it pays to re-think it every now and then. The last time we, as a nation, asked ourselves what makes a hero was during the Marcos burial ...
 
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Separating fact from misinformation about one of the most important figures who shaped Philippine history.
Whether you consider yourself a “Marcos loyalist,” or a “Yellow supporter,” or neither, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.’s legacy to the Filipino nation cannot be denied. He was more than consequential; his life (and death) truly shaped the nation. He was a driving ...
 
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Labor leader and worker's champion Crisanto Evangelista left an indelible mark in Philippine history.
The early years of the 20th century were some of the most important ones for Philippine society. The revolution failed to remove colonial influence; it only replaced it with American imperialism. New movements were springing up. People were becoming conscious of their ...
 
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He is now CEO of one of the most successful ad agencies in the Philippines.
"I was practically raised by prisoners," confesses Third Domingo, CEO and founder of IXM, a leading advertising agency in the country and a member of Hakuhodo, Japan's second largest marketing company and fourth largest in the world. "The prisoners were the ones ...
 
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Though not as famous, they were just as heroic.
August is a very patriotic month. Aside from being the month where we celebrate the more than a hundred languages that comprise our nation, this is also the month when we commemorate our heroes. And the Philippines is a nation of heroes. ...
 
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Apollo 11's third astronaut orbited the moon, all alone, while his colleagues walked on it.
On July 20, 1969, at 1:46 p.m., Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated the Eagle landing craft from the Apollo 11 command module. Michael Collins stayed behind, firing the rockets, moving about two miles away from his colleagues—and 250,000 miles from humanity on ...
 
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In 1582, the Japanese invaded the Philippines. It’s not what you think.
The Japanese have always been important neighbors of the Philippines. In pre-colonial times, Japanese traders made the journey south to places like Cagayan, Pangasinan, and Manila to conduct trade deals. This continued into the age of Spanish colonization, with Japanese Christians even ...
 
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The backstories behind Datu Puti, Ginebra San Miguel, and Jollibee.
Datu Puti is one of the most popular brands in the Philippines, easily associated not with an actual ancient ruler, but with vinegar and other kinds of condiments. But why was the vinegar brand named Datu Puti? Was there really a person ...
 
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The Chinese sided with the British when the latter invaded Manila in 1762.
In 1762, the British invaded Manila. They had help from a traditional enemy: the Chinese.Relations between Spaniards and the Chinese had been fraught for centuries, and a British invasion of Manila was the perfect excuse for the Chinese to help erode Spain’s ...
 
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Negritos have long been the subject of fascination all over the world, but none is more important than the King of all Negritos.
Our history shows that Negritos, like other ethnic groups, have always been marginalized since the day lowlanders took over their lands and conquistadors drove them back into the far reaches of the islands, roaming uncharted mountains and forests. Still, others were sold ...
 
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Aguinaldo had a lot to say about science and how technology can perfect humans.
On February 11, 1929, Emilio Aguinaldo delivered a speech in Spanish that was one of the first ones ever broadcast on television. Back then, TV was a revolutionary piece of technology that many people, including Aguinaldo, knew would change the world forever.The ...
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