70 Things You Didn’t Know Had Filipino Names

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Have you ever come across something you know all your life but never knew the exact name to call it? Well, you’re not alone. Most of us don’t know how to call specific things in English let alone their exact Filipino translation. If your knowledge about the Filipino language is as limited as your skills in solving Algebra equations, no need to fret. Here are 70 forgotten words (most are considered sinaunang Tagalog) that will enrich your Filipino vocabulary and make you a little bit smarter:   1. Abor: nabubulok na bahagi ng punongkahoy, karaniwan sa butas ng puno nito (UP Diksiyonaryong Filipino, p. 5). 2. Babahan: upuan sa bangka (UP Diksiyonaryong …

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15 Weird Laws Filipinos Still Have To Live With

Weird Laws in the Philippines

Just like the rest of the world, Philippines also has its very own set of laws that are strange, outdated or just sound outright wrong to modern ears. While some of these laws are pretty self-explanatory, a good chunk require more than just a cursory glance for one to understand them. It’s even more surprising to know that most, if not all, of the laws listed below are still in effect today, so it’s probably a good idea to get to know more about them, lest you end up inadvertently breaking one. After all, ignorance of the law excuses no one.   15. Marriage extinguishes criminal liability of rape. Republic …

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8 Reasons Why Apolinario Mabini Was More Badass Than You Think

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You know what’s worse than contracting a polio? It’s knowing the harsh truth that a century after your death, people no longer remember you. The name Apolinario Mabini may ring a bell to some Filipinos, but most of them only remember him either as the face etched in the coin or the boring, paralytic man sitting on a rattan chair. But how about his contributions? The fact that Mabini has no existing monument in places where Manileños can see him frequently is already proof that he is one underrated hero. Now that we’re celebrating his 150th birthday, perhaps it’s about time to let our ‘selfie’ generation know more about the one …

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35 Things You Didn’t Know About “Eat Bulaga!”

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For any TV show, 10 years of being on-air is already an achievement. Add another 10 years and it’s already an institution. But 35 years on TV? Only few shows in the world can brag about it–“Eat Bulaga!” is one of them. Known as the Philippines’ longest-running noontime show, “Eat Bulaga!” (“Lunchtime Surprise!”) has withstood many ups and downs since its first episode aired on July 30, 1979. Together with the legendary triumvirate of Tito, Vic and Joey, the whole “Eat Bulaga!” cast have entertained generations of televiewers both here and abroad. And after it was successfully franchised by Indonesia, we can only hope that “Eat Bulaga!” will continue blazing …

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7 Facts They’re Not Telling You About Philippine Arena

Philippine Arena

Long  before its inauguration, the Philippine Arena had already been touted as the biggest indoor arena in the world. It’s a source of pride for all INC members, and an achievement admired by most Filipinos. The Philippine Arena is actually the centerpiece of Ciudad de Victoria, a 75-hectare tourism enterprise zone in Bocaue and Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines. The spectacular design was made by a Kansas-based architecture firm Populous, while the construction was carried out by  by Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. Here are another 7 interesting facts you might not know about this innovative mega-structure:   1. Philippine Arena versus Singapore’s National Stadium. When the National Stadium in Singapore was completed …

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13 Intriguing Facts You Might Not Know About Ferdinand Marcos

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Ferdinand Marcos was one heck of a controversial president. He’s extremely polarizing, and only few in the history of presidency could match him in that aspect. But here’s a disclaimer: I’m neither a pro- or anti-Marcos. The goal is to provide unbiased information as opposed to exaggerated claims that have led some clueless Filipinos–especially the young ones–to make hasty conclusions. Some say he’s the best president the country ever had, while others believe otherwise. But how well do we really know the Philippines’ strongman? Is he really the evil dictator that the media claim he was? Here are 13 facts about former President Ferdinand Marcos that young Filipinos ought to …

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22 Things We No Longer See in Manila

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Change is the only constant thing in the world, that we know. But sometimes, there were changes we wish never occurred at all. Take Manila for example. We all know that it was overflowing with grandeur and sophistication–at least according to some vintage photographs we come across once in a while. And then came the war, urbanization, and people who couldn’t care less about our heritage sites. Soon, some of the things and places we once loved disappeared before our very eyes. I admit I was born in the late 80s, but seeing photographs of Manila’s glorious past makes me feel like I’m living in the wrong generation. Here are …

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