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What’s in a name?
Metro Manila is home to 16 cities and over 13 million people. It’s the fifth most populous urban area in the world, and currently the center of the country’s culture, politics, and economy. But before it became a sprawling metropolis, Metro Manila ...
 
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The three rulers of Manila, Rajah Sulayman, Matanda, and Lakandula co-ruled as equals.
Rajah Sulayman, Rajah Matanda, and Lakandula were powerful allies that co-ruled Manila in the 16th century. The three rulers of Manila had territories that were strategically placed in different areas along the Pasig River Delta opening up to Manila Bay. Lakandula controlled the ...
 
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Philippine superstitions and folklore were the perfect weapons against rebels.
It’s no secret that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America will go to great lengths to defeat its enemies—whether at home or abroad. At the height of the Cold War in the ‘50s, they were responsible for overthrowing the government ...
 
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Filipinos don’t joke about karaoke.
In the Philippines, karaoke is king. Every barangay is equipped with 10 or so karaoke bars, each of which is alive until well into the early morning. But karaoke isn’t complete with alcohol, and when you add a couple of drunk—and off-tune—Filipinos ...
 
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We imagine what the Philippines would look like if Britain did not surrender the country to Spain.
Here’s a fun fact you can share at your next dinner party: For almost two years, from October 1762 to April 1764, the Philippines was part of the British Empire. It happened during the Seven Years’ War, which saw pretty much every nation ...
 
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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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The photo allegedly shows Antonio Luna after being hacked to death by Katipuneros from Cavite.
A black-and-white photo has resurfaced on social media, with claims that it was taken moments after Emilio Aguinaldo’s men hacked General Antonio Luna to death. If rumors are to be believed, the general allegedly refused to die, and took many blows to ...
 
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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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La Paz’s Francisco Makabulos protected Central Luzon against the Spanish and the Americans.
Every town has its folk heroes. In a nation like ours, where almost all of our history is spent in conflict, it’s impossible not to have one. The province of Tarlac is no exception.Some names famously come from the Melting Pot of ...
 
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He was once called the terror of Cavite, but some remember him as a renegade hero.
People are suckers for the Robin Hood trope, and in Cavite, there is no anti-hero more revered (or reviled) than Leonardo Manecio, aka Nardong Putik. Back in the ‘50s to ‘70s, Cavite was practically run by Nardong Putik, an organized crime boss hailing from ...
 
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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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EMBO is short for Enlisted Men’s Barrio.
In 1901, near the end of the Philippine-American War, the Americans established Fort William McKinley, one of the largest overseas U.S. military bases in the world. But the 25-square-kilometer military camp was still dwarfed in comparison by Subic Naval Base, which was the ...
 
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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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Penal colonies were all the rage back then.
History has many moments that continue to puzzle people, one being the establishment of penal colonies. The practice of exiling prisoners and placing them somewhere far away was all the rage back then. It was recorded as early as the 17th century in China, and ...
 
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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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The water reservoir will open in 2020.
The largest remaining Spanish-era artifact in the Philippines (and possibly, the world) isn't a church or a school. It's the El Deposito water reservoir, the 150-meter-long waterway system that played an important role in San Juan's hygiene and the country's history. Though currently ...
 
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It may be impossible.
Graciano Lopez Jaena was a towering figure in Philippine history, considered as one of the three giants of the Propaganda Movement, along with Jose Rizal and Marcelo Del Pilar. Yet for such an important man, his remains are lost. The government has ...
 
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It’s the medical version of flat earthers.
There is alternative medicine and then there is medical fraud—“psychic surgery” falls in the latter category. Despite being debunked and rejected by almost every credible medical association and certified doctor, psychic surgeons continue to insist that their methods have healed people of ...
 
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In another episode of alternate histories.
The Philippines is no stranger to colonization. Spain, the United States of America, and Japan all fought to keep the Philippine islands under their rule. And Germany, through Denmark, could have been another Philippine colonizer if history had gone another way.Before the ...
 
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Anyone can be an archaeologist on Google Earth.
Armchair exploration is now a pastime of thousands, thanks to Google Earth. Its satellite imagery is one of the most detailed and comprehensive in the world available to the public, such that regular people are discovering what we thought archaeologists and scientists ...
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