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He had been sentenced to die years before he was gunned down by an assassin.
August 21, 1983 is well known in Philippine history as the day Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino was felled by an assassin’s bullet upon his arrival at the Manila airport that now bears his name. The outspoken critic of then-President Ferdinand Marcos had been ...
 
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Do you remember the ‘Great Flood’ of 1972?
Like it or not, typhoons and floods are here to stay. Our country—aside from being situated in a region surrounded by earthquake faults as well as active and dormant volcanoes—sits astride a typhoon belt area that produces monsoon rains and typhoons yearly. And of ...
 
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Typhoon Dading of 1964 was the worst storm to hit Manila in 81 years.
The Philippines had just entered its monsoon season back in June 1964, and the third cyclone of the year had rolled into the country. Filipino meteorologists named it Typhoon Dading, internationally known as Typhoon Winnie. Manila was a direct hit. “I very well recall ...
 
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Once finished, the diorama will cover an area of 50 square feet and include 5,000 warriors. 
The Sulu Garden Foundation based in Miag-ao, Iloilo, began work on a diorama of the Battle of Mactan in July 2020. They intend to complete the 50-square-meter diorama depicting the true events that transpired on April 27, 1521. ALSO READThe Luna Sharpshooters: The ...
 
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The Luna Sharpshooters were called 'Marksmen of Death.'
Some 120 years ago, a handful of exceptionally skilled Filipino sharpshooters earned a reputation so legendary, their conquests are still remembered to this day. The Luna Sharpshooters were a crack unit of elite marksmen handpicked and trained by General Antonio Luna to serve ...
 
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After 134 years, the barometer still works.
In 1886, Jesuit priest Federico Faura, aka Padre Faura, invented a barometer that measures atmospheric pressure to estimate the intensity and proximity of approaching typhoons in the Philippines. Padre Faura was a priest and a meteorologist. He was the director of the ...
 
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The Igorots taught Spain a lesson it would never forget.
Savages. Backward lowlifes. Criminals. That was how Spain viewed the Igorots in the 17th century. Even the teaching of history has not been kind to the Igorots, who were relegated as traitors in the Philippine-American War, thanks to one Igorot named Januario ...
 
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The Ifugao Rice Terraces could be younger than some old churches.
For generations, Filipinos have been made to believe that the rice terraces created by the Ifugaos were at least 2,000 years old. Until recently, no one has questioned this assumption, which found its way into textbooks despite not having a shred of ...
 
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Here’s how the British peacefully handed them over to the Philippines.
Everybody knows the story of how the British peacefully relinquished administration of Hong Kong and Macau back to China in the 1990s, but not many know a similar handover involving islands it controlled here in the Philippines.ALSO READ: HISTORYWho Is Bill Shaw, ...
 
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Two National Geographic Magazines from the 1900s have a starting bid price of P5,000.
A copy of National Geographic magazine published in September 1912 featuring the “head hunters of Nothern Luzon” surfaced at auction house Leon Gallery. On the magazine’s centerfold is a photo of the Banaue Rice Terraces, and on one of the pages, a ...
 
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There's a clue standing at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.
Shaw Boulevard is a major thoroughfare at the heart of Metro Manila. It runs across EDSA, and is just as old as EDSA itself. It runs from Kalentong Street in Mandaluyong City to Barangay Bagong Ilog in Pasig City.But prior to becoming ...
 
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How did that happen?
Many companies in the world diversify from their core products, which is why you see a beverage company venturing into the airline industry, but one company took “diversification” to the next level. Enter Pepsi Cola. At the height of the Cold War, Pepsi became ...
 
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First, they added animals. And then Filipinos.
The Palacio de Cristal del Retiro (Crystal Palace of Retiro) was supposed to be a museum of exotic items from the Philippines. It sits at the heart of Madrid’s Retiro Park. The museum was thought to be a wholesome effort from the ...
 
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Joseph Ginno Jaralve intends to take a selfie with all of them.
Joseph Ginno Jaralve was teaching his class at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina when he told his students to read the article "Ang Bayani sa Plaza" by historian Nilo Ocampo. The article critiques the appearance of Jose Rizal in many of ...
 
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The Vice President sat in one of his classes. 
It was the last day of the school year, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented students from saying their goodbyes to each other. Joey Fernandez, a third grade teacher at the Beacon School, decided to meet his class of eight-year-olds in a virtual ...
 
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They got most things right.
Over 30 years ago, researchers pictured what the home of the future would look like. It is amazing that even without the Internet at the time, they were able to predict many things that homes already have today. For instance, they talked about ...
 
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Thankfully, reason won in the protracted battle between the State and the Church. 
Can you imagine what school would be like if it didn’t teach anything about Jose Rizal and his novels? That’s exactly what would have happened if the Catholic Church triumphed over Senator Claro M. Recto more than 60 years ago.Top Story: These Famous ...
 
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The first happened during World War 2.
Martial law—or a state where a particular area (or the whole country) is under the control of the military or armed forces—is most often associated with former President Ferdinand Marcos. But not many people know the late strongman was not the first ...
 
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The late Senator Eva Kalaw was a Plaza Miranda Survivor. 
Eva Kalaw was a force of nature when she was still alive. After surviving the Plaza Miranda bombings, she went on to survive the worst of what the Marcos regime could throw at her: political persecution, being jailed twice, and then the ...
 
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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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