11 Awesome Then & Now Photos of Metro Manila

Awesome Then & Now Photos of Metro Manila

We can never turn  back time but if it’s any consolation to us, there are vintage photos of Manila that we can still look at to relive the city’s glorious past. Most “then and now” photos, unfortunately, show how Manila has been ruined by pollution, modernization, and some Filipinos’ lack of appreciation to historical landmarks. Although change is the only constant thing in the world, it is imperative for everyone to look back, appreciate our history, and move forward with the lessons from the past instilled in our hearts. Below are 11 side-by-side comparisons showing how Manila has evolved throughout the decades. May this simple list remind us that we …

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6 Surprising Pinoy Historical Facts You Probably Don’t Know

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Philippine history is a box full of mysteries. Just when you thought historians had it all figured out, you come across with stories that aren’t frequently discussed in history books. Heck, some of them are too surprising that you start thinking maybe you were asleep or daydreaming when they were first taught in your school. Also Read: Top 10 Amazing Pinoy Trivia That Will Blow Your Mind But hey, don’t fret. For people like me who just didn’t have the energy to study history books from cover to cover, this list is for you! Here are some of the most fascinating but little-known facts that might rekindle your interest in …

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7 Traditional Filipino Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Long before iPad, Xbox, and PSP bombarded us with visually stunning games, we were just simple kids playing simple toys. Back then, a group of children could easily find ways to kill time by using sheer creativity, strength and enthusiasm. From do-it-yourself paper balls known as “touch ball” to exciting group games that don’t even require toys like luksong baka, luksong tinik, patintero, and tagu-taguan, we never ran short of fun things to do. Also Read: Top 10 Favorite Filipino Snacks That Bring Back Your Childhood But over the years, we have seen how the “rise of machines” a.k.a. technology has produced a generation of online geeks with shorter attention span. Still, …

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How To Ace The UPCAT: Top 10 Tips From UP Students

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The University of the Philippines, founded in 1908, boasts of a tradition of excellence.  It is ranked as the top university in the country by the QS World and Asian University Rankings with the Ateneo de Manila and the University of Santo Tomas following behind. The University of the Philippines has so far produced 7 Philippine presidents, 13 Chief Justices, 36 National Artists, and 34 National Artists. However, what makes the University of the Philippines a magnet for student hopefuls and their parents is the affordable cost of tuition fees.  GMA Network’s survey of college tuitions in the Philippines for 2012-2013 prices a semester at the Ateneo de Manila at …

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5 Surprising Facts About Melchora Aquino (‘Tandang Sora’)

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If you were an astute student in your history class, then you can probably recall who Tandang Sora is. For most people, however, she is nothing but a name of a place somewhere in Quezon City or just another old lady who died centuries ago. But during the 1896 Philippine Revolution, Melchora Aquino or Tandang Sora was anything but irrelevant. At the age of 84, she became the “Mother of Philippine Revolution” for her selfless support to the Katipuneros.  She gave 100 sacks of rice and three carabaos to the group as well as cured wounded Katipuneros, risking her own life in the process. For her key role in the revolution, she was …

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9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Dyesebel

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Although not as iconic as Darna, Dyesebel still has made a huge impact in Pinoy pop culture. Philippine folklore won’t be complete without mermaids, and Dyesebel stands as the finest example, especially for Filipinos who grew up watching movies or reading old-fashioned comics featuring her. From the time she was conceived by the legendary Mars Ravelo in the 50′s to present-day adaptations featuring actresses like Marian Rivera and Anne Curtis, Dyesebel  has proven her timeless influence.  But how well do we know this half-fish, half-human denizen of the sea? Let’s go deep into the ocean and explore 9 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Mars Ravelo’s Dyesebel.   1. Dyesebel first appeared …

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