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Three historical events happened in this church.
On September 15, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) formally turned over to the public the newly restored Barasoain Church, formally known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. The predominantly Baroque Church and the adjoining convent had undergone a restoration ...
 
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Nieves Fernandez was the only female guerrilla commander in WWII.
Nieves Fernandez was a school teacher in Tacloban. Her life was upturned when the Japanese invaded the Philippines in 1941. Her students call her “Miss Fernandez,” and she was very protective of them. Her fierce motherly instincts reared to the fore when ...
 
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We do not need Baybayin to affirm that what we speak, write, or read is Filipino.
When Manila Mayor Isko Moreno unveiled the new Lagusnilad Underpass, people were amazed to see Baybayin inscriptions on one of the entrances of the tunnel. Top Story: Who Are the Ambanis, Asia's Wealthiest Family?Currently, groups are pushing for Baybayin to become the Philippines’ ...
 
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It is the map that gave the name "Filipina" to our country.
An exceedingly rare map considered the Philippines’ “birth certificate” has surfaced to the public. The Ramusio-Gastaldi Map is the first one that gave the name “Filipina” to the archipelago. The map, which is the first document that ever bore the name “Filipina” to ...
 
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Lola Loring was a dauntless saboteur during World War II.
Loring May Ebersole, later known as Florence Finch, was just like a typical grandmother who busied herself with things most typical grandmothers would do. She doted on grandkids, cooked wonderful meals, and watched old soap operas. But when Loring died at the age ...
 
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Who owns Manila South Cemetery?
If you take a look at the map of Manila and Makati, you will see something strange: There is a square chunk of Manila right in the middle of Makati. Upon closer inspection, you realize it is actually the Manila South Cemetery, a ...
 
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The PhilAm Theater is currently being dismantled.
The Philam Life Auditorium is now being demolished. The site will become part of the many development projects under SMDC.The 780-seat theater was designed by architect Carlos D. Arguelles, who also designed the Philippine National Bank Building in Escolta and DBP Building ...
 
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The oldest church in Mindanao was built by the Jesuits.
The San Salvador del Mundo Church in Caraga, more commonly known as the Caraga Church, is the oldest church in Mindanao. It had been closed for two years to give way to much-needed restoration work and was reopened to the public in ...
 
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It was the biggest hoax of the century that fooled the world.
In 1971, the Philippines shocked the world when a surviving prehistoric tribe was reportedly found in the rainforests of Mindanao. National media outlets from around the world feasted on the discovery. Some of the headlines read: “Primitive Stone-Age Tribe Discovered in the Philippines.” ...
 
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The ruins of Old Pantabangan Town is an eerie sight.
The historic town of Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija was abandoned in the 1970s when floodwater from the newly created dam submerged the town and its environs. Residents were forced to relocate on higher ground, but many pieces of heritage were lost to the ...
 
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A landmark study suggests Magellan’s crew made crucial stops in Palawan.
Very little is known about what happened in the days that followed the death of Ferdinand Magellan in Mactan. But Filipino historians believe the Spanish voyagers made several landings in Palawan, where they were attacked by the local Tagbanwas. Professor Michael Angelo Doblado, ...
 
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This Philippine-made flatiron is a work of art. 
Not everything that is rusty is worthless. In the 1800s, Filipinos used to iron their clothes using a wooden roller and a flat board, as seen in this rare photo owned by John C. Tewell. The contraption is called prensa de paa or foot ...
 
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The Monkey and the Turtle is the first children's tale in the Philippines.
July 21 is National Children’s Book Day in the Philippines. It also marks the date when Jose Rizal published in English the tale of The Monkey and the Turtle in the July 1889 issue of Trübner's Oriental Record in England.Top Story: Transwoman Billionaire Wants Clint ...
 
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It is one of only six World Heritage Sites in the Philippines. 
The Philippines only has six World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO, and the Tubbataha Reefs is one of them. Unfortunately it is in danger of being erased from the world forever. Tubbataha Reef once baffled scientists when it remained pristine while all the ...
 
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Divisoria is one of the oldest marketplaces in the Philippines.
When a person mentions Divisoria, a vivid picture comes to mind: a crowded marketplace. Out on the street, a jungle of wares greets you in uniform chaos. For noisy hagglers and shop owners, there is a right price for everything. For generations, this ...
 
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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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The rattan peacock chair is a powerful icon used throughout the decades.
In 1914, the El Paso Herald, a newspaper in the United States, published a photo of a woman with her child sitting in a rattan peacock chair."A Jail Bird in a Peacock Chair," Bilibid Prison (1914)The identity of the woman in the ...
 
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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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