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Even though it’s been abandoned for years.
Anyone who has ever passed through Roxas Boulevard must have seen that massive building in Manila’s Malate district. It still bears the sign of Grand Boulevard Hotel, but those of a certain age remember it as Silahis Hotel. The building has been ...
 
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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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The U.S. kept it a secret from the Philippines until 1989. 
There is a one-megaton nuclear bomb sitting at the bottom of the Philippine Sea, and no one knows exactly where it is.In December 1965, the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga from the U.S. Navy left Subic Naval Base, which was once America’s largest ...
 
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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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They’ve been there for over 100 years.
Fort Bonifacio is the epitome of modernity. This busy megacity, touted as the Philippines’ next business capital, is home not only to multinationals and embassies, but also trendy clubs, restaurants, and glamorous boutiques. It is poised to grow even further, thanks to ...
 
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See photos of the historic Manila street through the years.
Aside from Intramuros, an area that's rich with history in Manila is Escolta Street. The land where Escolta stands today was owned by José Dámaso Gorricho, and it got its start as a business district during the late 1800s. From movie theaters to ...
 
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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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‘Sabah is not in Malaysia,’ said Teddy Locsin. 
“Sabah is not in Malaysia if you want to do anything with the Philippines,” tweeted foreign affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. Locsin was reacting to a tweet posted by the United States Embassy in Manila about its relief efforts in the Philippines. You better ...
 
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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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The world’s bestselling toy was once Philippine-made.
Who hasn’t heard of Barbie? Ever since her creation by toy brand Mattel in 1959, Barbie has become a staple in countless kids’ playrooms, not just in her home country, the United States, but in many other places around the world. In ...
 
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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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You must have seen it if you’ve ever traveled through EDSA.
If you’ve ever spent any time traversing EDSA Southbound from Quezon City to Makati, you’re no doubt familiar with that giant gaping hole in the ground at the corner of Ortigas Avenue. People who ride the MRT, especially, get a much better ...
 
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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 was one of the country’s oldest savings banks.
History is littered with the names of companies and insitutions that once stood mighty and proud but have since retreated into the shadows or disappeared from our consciousness completely. For every Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) or San Miguel Corp. that ...
 
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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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It became a textbook example of how to prevail against a larger enemy force.
In World War II, Gen. Douglas MacArthur famously said, “Give me ten thousand Filipinos and I will conquer the world.”His quote was not lost when the Philippines sent 4,420 troops to aid the United Nations in the Korean War. The Philippines was ...
 
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See a collection of vintage Baguio photography.
Here's a collection of vintage Baguio photography that includes Camp John Hay, Session Road, and plenty of scenic views.Top Story: 8 Filipino Actors Who Married Into High Society ...
 
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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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