9 Surprising Facts About Papal Visits To The Philippines

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In this predominantly Roman Catholic country, expect the majority of Filipinos to go wild at the impending arrival and presence of the spiritual leader of the 1.2 billion Catholics, the amazingly affable and austere Pope Francis. As we all know, this would be the fourth papal visit to the Philippines: Pope Paul VI visited in 1970, and Pope John Paul II did it twice in 1981 and 1995. And as always, here are some interesting facts about the prior papal visits to the Philippines.   1. Before He Became Pope, John Paul II Had Already Visited The Philippines. Aside from his famous 1981 and 1995 visits to the Philippines, Pope …

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8 Extremely Interesting Lesser-Known Battles in Philippine History

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Throughout its history, countless battles have been fought on Philippine soil yet we probably know only a few of them. A shame actually, since many of them are actually interesting and educational from a historical point of view. Also Read: 8 Epic Battles in History Where Filipinos Kicked Ass While it’s good we know about the more-famous battles, it’s better we also learn about the lesser-known but just as remarkable conflicts that once took place in the Philippines.   1. Cagayan Battles (1582). Japanese samurai versus European soldiers? It may sound a little hard to believe, but such a cultural faceoff really happened when the Spanish encountered a pirate settlement near …

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7 Myths About Spanish Colonial Period Filipinos Should All Stop Believing

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Was Spanish rule of the Philippines really that bad? Did their 300-plus year occupation of the country consist of nothing but abusing and exploiting the Filipinos for their own dastardly ends? While it’s easy to answer yes to that question, the truth is a lot more complex. While wrongdoings did happen, the Spanish weren’t exactly pure evil. Our perception of them only turned out that way due to the massive propaganda campaign conducted by Filipino nationalists and later on by America. Also Read: 10 Reasons Why Life Was Better In Pre-Colonial Philippines Although this list won’t condone the abuses committed by the Spanish, it will go through some of the …

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10 Famous Filipinos Who Almost Became President

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The celebration last year of Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary gave life to recent efforts to have him declared as the country’s first president and not his archrival Emilio Aguinaldo. This, of course, is the subject of a recent award-winning movie. Also Read: 10 Unforgettable Pinoy Politicians We Wish Were Still Alive It is certain that historians and other scholars will continue to debate that issue in the months and years ahead. For now, let’s take a look at ten Filipinos who almost became president.   1. Andres Bonifacio. Dubbed as the “Great Plebian,” he is the founder of the Katipunan and the main mover of the Philippine revolution against the …

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10 Unforgettable Pinoy Politicians We Wish Were Still Alive

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Generally, when we think of the term “Filipino politician,” what inevitably comes to our minds is “corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent.” We can’t help it though, since our own politicians largely contributed to that negative public perception of themselves with all their political circuses and shenanigans. Also Read: 10 Famous Filipinos Who Almost Became President Although there are indeed some truly good ones in the mix, they are far and few in-between nowadays. What’s worse, their like-minded predecessors—men of integrity and honor who took public office to actually serve others—are long gone from us, in a time when we need them the most.   1. Arsenio Lacson (1912 – 1962). In the …

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10 Haunting Last Pictures Taken in Philippine History

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There’s something poignant about photos of people or things during their last moments on Earth. You know they’re doomed, but as an observer, you’re left with no choice but to ponder on endless what ifs and might-have-beens. Also Read: 10 ‘What If’ Scenarios That Would Have Changed Philippine History Forever Things get a little bit more serious when the subject is of historical importance. The end may be tragic, but as our country’s history has taught us, one man’s death could bring enlightenment to those who have been left behind. Here are 10 of the most haunting last pictures taken in Philippine history and the incredible facts surrounding them: 1. The 24 …

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