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In 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal moved the commemoration of Independence Day from July 4 to June 12.
On July 4, 1946, the Philippines gained independence from the United States of America. It marked the time when the Philippines officially became a state: it had people, territory, government, and for the very first time, sovereignty.When Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippine independence ...
 
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At a time when societies are as divisive as they are now perhaps what we need more than ever are people like President Manuel Quezon to put their empathy to action.
“Could I have done more?”Manuel Quezon, second President of the Philippines and the first of the Commonwealth, asks this question of his wife, Aurora, as they view a 1944 newsreel on the atrocities of the Nazi regime. The American cameras don’t hold ...
 
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Jose Rizal scribbled on some of the books in this library.
In celebration of National Heritage Month, the Antonio Vivencio del Rosario UST Heritage Library, or simply the Heritage Library, opened its collection of ancient books to Esquire Philippines. The Heritage Library’s holdings of over 30,000 ancient books that date back to the 15th century up ...
 
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The Spanish painter’s descendants, who are now based in Budapest, located his resting place in Manila through a Facebook post.
When Mark Zuckerberg and his co-founders established Facebook, their primary goal was to solve a communication gap in 2004. “You know, I was just trying to help connect people at colleges and a few schools,” he said in an interview with CNBC last ...
 
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The true legacy of Nick Joaquin lies not in the volume or richness or brilliance of his works, but in the optimism in the Filipino.
As a writer, Nick Joaquin was extremely shy and elusive. When he was asked to fill out a biographical form for the English-language journal Philippine Review in 1943, he just wrote “25 years old, salesman.” But even his reclusive nature and preference for anonymity ...
 
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During the 17th to 19th centuries, the Chinese survived a ruthless persecution by the Spaniards, and still emerged as crucial economic assets in the Philippines.
The history of the Chinese in the Philippines during the 16th to 18th century is usually relegated to the footnotes, when in fact, they were crucial actors who actively shaped Philippine history.One of the reasons why colonial and pre-colonial Chinese in the ...
 
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When every other country was closing their doors to the Holocaust refugees, Filipinos proudly opened theirs, saving the lives of 1,200 Jewish refugees in the Philippines.
At a time when Jews were the most desperate of desperates, when they were being subjected to unimaginable horrors, when they were being hunted, exterminated, and treated like pestilence, every other nation closed their doors to Jewish refugees in their darkest hour, but ...
 
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Doña Aurora Quezon was austere yet gentle, and was a well-loved figure in Philippine history.
Every April 28, Filipinos remember the ruthless assassination of Aurora Antonia Aragón Quezon, more affectionately known as Doña Aurora Quezon—the Philippines’ first official first lady. Although previous Philippine presidents had spouses, it was only during the presidency of Manuel Quezon when the term was ...
 
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New Manila was the serene sanctuary of the old rich.
Before Forbes Park, there was New Manila. It was where Manila’s elite lived. In the '30s and '40s, many of Manila’s prominent families clamored to buy block-sized properties in the enclave developed by Doña Magdalena de Hemady. They included the Cojuangcos, the Madrigals, the Ysmaels, and ...
 
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Only remnants of both sites remain after the 1871 eruption of Mt. Vulkan.
 The richness of the Philippines’ history is no secret to anyone. Relics of the past left behind by decades of colonial rule can be found around the country up until today, particularly in old the architectural design of old buildings and structures. ...
 
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The Philippines may have influenced the Spanish adobo, and not the other way around.
“Filipinos had adobo before Spaniards came to your country, and I have proof,” said Borja Sanchez, a Spanish chef and culinary scientist.Sanchez revealed his findings at a lecture titled “Adobos, Vinegars, and Other Cultural Connections between the Philippines and Spain” at the ...
 
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The discovery of Homo luzonensis raises more questions than it answers.
The Philippines’ wealth in paleontological evidence has led to the discovery of Homo luzonensis—a new ancient human species. The discovery is huge—it overturns our decades-old understanding of how Asia was peopled by ancient humans who traveled from Africa. Homo luzonensis is dated to be at ...
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