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For around 30 years, the Americans ruled over the Philippines, so it was only inevitable that they picked up a few terms and made them their own.
We all hear about how English has inspired words in other languages, and it’s clear in our everyday conversations just how many words we’ve borrowed from the English language. But the world’s most widely spoken language has also taken a few words ...
 
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When bad things happen to people in the limelight, the public reels in shock. We list 10 unfortunate events that involved Pinoy celebrities.
When bad things happen to celebrities, the whole world reels in shock. We often ask, "How could that happen to them?" as if their stint in the limelight ensures that they’re out of harm’s way. We take stock of 10 shocking crimes that happened ...
 
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The best ways to preserve your sanity in lockdown.
Let’s begin with what you’re not going to do.You’re not going to maximise this opportunity (yuck) to write that long dreamed-of novel. You’re not going to maximise anything, except maybe your gut. You’re not going to learn the guitar. Or Spanish. Or ...
 
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Seven of the cleverest hoaxes that broke the internet.
Come and behold the marvelous spectacle! Majestic lions bathing in the moat of the Tower of London! A crowd of naive victims fell for these rumors and turned up excited to see the lions but were disappointed to find out it was ...
 
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The Chinese fled when they heard the word "Visaya".
There was a time in the history of the world when the Chinese trembled when they heard the word Pi-she-yeh (Visayas), referring to the country and people of the eponymous region in the Philippines. Whenever word reached them of an incoming attack ...
 
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A quest to reclaim the happiness of reading.
“I am having a hard time reading books now,” seems to be a catchphrase which I’ve been hearing a lot from my circle of friends whom I’ve always identified with as fellow booklovers. Mind you, some of these are the same people ...
 
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Check out the timeless style of Filipinos back in the day.
In these trying times, it might do us good to remember the golden days of the Philippines, and one way to do that is through restored vintage photos that are quite literally changing the way we see history.  Colorizing has been gaining ...
 
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An essay by a Filipino living in Italy, where COVID-19 has killed over 2,000 patients and placed the entire country under lockdown.
As I write these words, the sky outside the window is overcast. It looks bitter and hard like concrete. The empty, quiet roads, the closed shutters, and drawn curtains of houses all exude an air of defeat. Even the birds are unusually ...
 
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Meet David Fagen, the turncoat-turned-guerrilla of the Philippine-American War.
December 5, 1901. A hunter named Anastacio Bartolome brought a severed head to the American military outpost at Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. The mutilated head was decomposed beyond recognition. The hunter insisted it was the head of the notorious insurrecto, David Fagen. The ...
 
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He is now a member of the highly exclusive Circumnavigator's Club.
Regin Reyno circumnavigated the world in 2019. Because of his feat, he was accepted into the Circumnavigator’s Club whose members included General Douglas MacArthur, Neil Armstrong, William Howard Taft, and Harry Houdini. He named his journey around the world Tuyok, a Visayan word ...
 
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Arroceros Forest Park was the site of a huge massacre over 400 years ago.
Every so often, Arroceros Forest Park makes headlines when attempts to have it levelled or developed by the city government leak to the press.As a forest, the park offers little historical value, since it was only developed into a forest park in 1993. ...
 
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It was the culmination of decades of secularization and nationalism.
The struggle for national democracy and independence is a long and continuous road, encompassing all aspects of society—political, economic, and cultural. In August 1902, members of the country’s first labor federation, the Union Obrero Democratica (UOD) proclaimed a break from the Roman Catholic Church, ...
 
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They walked so we could run.
The Order of National Scientists (ONS) of the Philippines is the single highest recognition bestowed upon Filipino scientists by the national government. The lesser known cousin to the Order of National Artists, the ONS recognizes exemplary individuals to the Philippine scientific community. ...
 
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Geronima Pecson was called "the silent worker".
It’s women’s month, and it's a good time to read about women in Philippine history whose fire, fury and spirit were enough to raise hell. Names such as Carmen Rosario (cinema superstar and guerilla sharpshooter), Melchora Aquino (grand old woman of the ...
 
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Banco Filipino’s eventual closure left remnants of its glorious past.
There is a village south of Metro Manila that spans the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas, a village so expansive that it has a horse ranch, its own gasoline station, and seven gated entrances to keep everything inside it exclusive. B.F. ...
 
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These are the harsh realities revealed by North Korean defectors.
When it comes to information about the reclusive state of North Korea, the best intelligence agencies of the world, including the CIA, are uncharacteristically less informed. They heavily rely on South Korea for much of the intelligence regarding the North.Popular K-Drama series ...
 
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The queen of Philippine cinema was a heroine on the battlefield as well as the big screen.
More than 100 years ago, the Philippines first real movie star Carmen Rosales was born on March 3, 1917. Known as Januaria Constantino Keller to her family and Mameng to her friends, Rosales was a half-Swedish, half-Filipino superstar who found fame on ...
 
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Featuring Sisa’s Salad, Tinola de Damaso, and Sinigang ni Andeng.
The following recipes are based on the food and ingredients mentioned by Jose Rizal in his novel, Noli Me Tangere. For reference, we used Soledad Lacson-Locsin’s English translation of Noli because it preserves the color and cadence of Rizal’s Spanish. Rizal used ...
 
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What are your fondest memories of amusement parks in Manila?
During the late ’80s to early ’90s, amusement parks in Metro Manila represented the carefree, happy, and innocent summer days of childhood. Carefree is the operational word here because in those days, we never really minded that the rusty roller coasters and ...
 
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This is the amazing tale of a soldier, an appendix, and a spontaneous self-surgery.
Strange things have happened in Philippine jungles. For one, a Japanese World War II soldier named Hiroo Onoda decided to hide in the jungles of Mindoro—for 29 years—to avoid getting captured by the enemy. While he found the wild jungle cozy enough to ...
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