12 Rare Pinoy Historical Videos You’ve Probably Never Seen

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People visit YouTube to get their daily dose of controversial videos and cute cats. But aside from its entertainment value, YouTube can also be a treasure trove of historical facts–some are well-known while some are too obscure we don’t even know they existed. Listed here are 12 rare yet fascinating videos that will let you relive important periods in Philippine history. Watch, share, and enjoy!   12. Sergio Osmeña Inauguration (1944) Known as the “Grand Old Man of Cebu,” Osmeña was the oldest president in Philippine history to hold office. His appointment came after President Manuel Quezon’s death on August 1, 1944. He was sworn into office by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert …

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14 Amazing Filipina Heroines You Don’t Know But Should

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Ask anyone on the street who our heroes are; chances are the answers would often be Rizal, Bonifacio, Mabini, etc. While they are indeed deserving of recognition, let us not forget that our history is full of women who have provided invaluable service to the country. These women fought, bled, and suffered for the nation and the people; as such, they rightfully deserve a place in the country’s pantheon of heroes. So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are 14 great Filipina heroines you don’t know but should:   14. Nazaria Lagos (1851 – 1945) Known as the “Florence Nightingale of Panay,” Nazaria Lagos served as the …

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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

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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

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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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