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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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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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See what Tagaytay has looked like through history.
Tagaytay has been a go-to for quick vacations for longer than you can imagine. It's close proximity to the city, slightly cooler temperature, and picturesque views are just some of the reasons why. Here are 10 photos that will beg the question, "Can we ...
 
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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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Taho has been with us for thousands of years.
Hours before the sun rises, a small army lines up outside a makeshift factory. Its men are equipped with empty tin drums to get their day’s supply of soybean pudding, sweet syrup, and tapioca pearls—the ingredients used in taho. For P250, the ...
 
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These dangerous and barbarous looking instruments had a practical purpose.
 What looks like a hammer with a curved handle is a dental tool used by doctors in the 1700s. The dental key is used to pull out rotting teeth. It was inserted in the mouth with the curved tip tightened over a tooth. Then, the doctor ...
 
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Every hero is also part villain.
Filipino movies and teleseryes have raised us to believe that heroes are infallible (and, in some cases, bulletproof). In real life, however, it’s not so black-and-white. Our national heroes were flesh and blood who made mistakes just like any other Filipino during their ...
 
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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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The exact thing we need to hear.
The late President Manuel Quezon was known as a man of words. He spoke eloquently and was a very quotable speaker. Time, however, has made some forget these qualities.Quezon's only known recorded speech is his "Message to My People." Delivered in English and ...
 
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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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Mabini dedicated his La Revolucion Filipina to the most important woman in his life.
Apolinario Mabini wasn’t called the Brains of the Revolution for nothing. Despite losing the function of both his legs to polio, he proved himself invaluable to the revolution and the eventual establishment of the First Philippine Republic. Mabini was also an educator, lawyer ...
 
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Lapu-Lapu is depicted as a very old and chubby chieftain.
A new portrait of Lapu-Lapu was unveiled by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The painting was made by artist Carlo Caacbay from Bulacan.The painting is part of a series commissioned by the NHCP in preparation for the 2021 Quincentennial ...
 
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Birders nicknamed the species ‘Ibong Adarna.’
If you ask local birders about Ibong Adarna, they will most likely point you to an actual bird and not an epic poem you read when you were a freshman in high school. In Philippine folklore, the Ibong Adarna is a mythical bird ...
 
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ABS-CBN's history left indelible marks in Philippine culture and society.
ABS-CBN is one of the few extant postwar organizations that helped revive and rebuild what was left of the tattered Philippine economy after World War II. It traces its roots to 1946 when James Lindenberg founded Bolinao Electronics Corporation or BEC, which ...
 
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It is the single richest deal in the PBA.
PBA players aren't exactly underpaid, but their salaries didn't skyrocket as team owners feared in the nineties - no thanks to salary-cap rules the league has since put in place that put limits on everything from the players' monthly pay to won-game ...
 
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Ricoa has been making Flat Tops and Curly Tops for over 50 years.
It’s hard to talk about the history of chocolate in the Philippines without mentioning Ricoa, which is the first company to manufacture chocolate products in the country. Originally named Philippine Food Industries, Inc. or Philfoods, it started in 1956 with a chocolate processing ...
 
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People dropped dead dancing for days.
In 1518 in France, the most bizarre plague in history occurred: The Dancing Plague. For no apparent reason, hundreds of people began dancing in the streets uncontrollably and unwillingly for days on end.Everyone, including doctors, priests, and ordinary townsfolk were gripped by ...
 
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And how it differs from Hany.
Is Chocnut really made of chocolate or mostly peanut? Compared with other chocolate bars, this local treat has a powdery texture that easily crumbles when handled. King Chocnut Milk Chocolate (its official name) or simply Chocnut became a widely popular snack in ...
 
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She had 3,500 pairs of panties!
In March 1986, a month after the People Power Revolution toppled the conjugal dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, Malacañang Palace, once closed to the public, was opened by the revolutionary government. For the first time in history, ordinary Filipinos got a ...
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