8 Epic Battles in History Where Filipinos Kicked Ass

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Centuries of infighting and struggling against foreign oppression have forged Filipinos into one of the toughest and bravest races in the world.  Our history alone is filled with the exploits of courageous Filipino fighters such as Lapu-Lapu and Gregorio del Pilar. Also Read: The Last Words of Gregorio del Pilar And if that isn’t enough to convince you that Filipinos are badass, here are some battles that prove just how rabidly fierce Pinoys are when it comes to fighting. Leonidas would have been proud of us.   1. Battle of Yuldong (April 22 – 23, 1951) One of the most epic Filipino military victories involved the Battle of Yuldong (formerly …

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The Fascinating History of Baguio’s Iconic Lion

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Considered as the “King of the Jungle,” the lion symbolizes fierceness and strength. The same is true for Baguio City’s iconic lion head, although its original meaning has been obscured by time. Today, local and foreign tourists look at it as the majestic symbol of the country’s “summer capital.” But what is the real story behind this gigantic lion head? Who built it? And for what purpose? Read on to find out.   The star of Kennon Road. The origin of Baguio’s lion head is as colorful as the history of the road where it currently stands. When the Americans conquered the Cordillera highland in the 1900s, they had a hard time …

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7 Un-Heroic Deeds Of Emilio Aguinaldo

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Unlike Jose Rizal whom we Filipinos have venerated as the ideal Filipino hero, Emilio Aguinaldo’s legacy can be described as mixed at best. Although his numerous accomplishments cannot be denied, the same can also be said of the many controversies that have continued to hound his name up to this day. Also Read: Emilio Aguinaldo’s speech in Spanish [VIDEO] While we won’t argue if he truly was a scheming opportunist or not, we’ll just list down some of the mistakes Aguinaldo made during his lifetime. If anything, his flaws show that he was just as human as the rest of us. NOTE: We won’t include the infamous Tejeros Convention election …

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10 Lesser-Known Photos from Martial Law Years That Will Blow You Away

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The period between 1972 and 1981 arguably stands as one of the most memorable moments in Philippine history, mainly because of President Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of martial law during that time. Nowadays, different Filipinos have different views on martial law, with some saying that it made the Philippines better while others say it practically destroyed the country. While we won’t take part in the endless debates, here are instead some lesser-known pics taken during the martial law years with very interesting back stories. We’ll let you be the judge then if martial law really made life heaven or hell for Filipinos who lived during that time.   1. Lim Seng’s …

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11 Filipino Slang Words With Surprising Origins

filipino slang words and their origins

Just like humans, our language also has its own evolutionary process. Although there is a thing we call standard usage, there are certain group of people who create language variations to be used within their exclusive circle. Some of these words eventually make it to the mainstream, and people start using them as part of their daily vocabulary. Here in the Philippines, we are aware that young Pinoys were the ones who coined informal terms such as yosi (cigarette), syota (girlfriend), and sosi (social). The gay community is also proud of its own contributions to the Pinoy slang dictionary: Words such as bagets (young), chika (chat), tsimay (housemaid), and jowa (partner) among others. Also Read: 30 Filipino Words With …

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Philippine police discovered clues of 9/11 attacks, 6 years before it happened.

Philippine police discovered clues of September 11, 2001 terrorism

We all know what went down that fateful morning on Sept. 11, 2001. On that day, Islamic terrorists hijacked four planes and rammed three of them into the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. The White House would have been the final target of the fourth plane; however, the passengers courageously battled with the terrorists onboard, causing it to crash on a field in Pennsylvania instead. All in all, the attacks cost almost three thousand Americans their lives and destroyed at least $10 billion worth of infrastructure.  Most of all, it shattered the US notion of invincibility. For the longest time …

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6 Reasons Why Ramon Magsaysay Was The Best President Ever

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Honest and efficient presidents are like white lions–they are a breed of politicians so rare we sometimes think they don’t exist anymore. And then came Ramon Magsaysay, the humble automobile mechanic-turned-president who became known as the “Champion of the Masses.” We remember him as the one who blazed a trail through his “servant leadership” in the 1950’s–half a century before incumbent President Noynoy Aquino uttered the words “Kayo ang BOSS ko!” in his inauguration address. Also Read: Unsolved Mystery – The Magsaysay Plane Crash Magsaysay was not a perfect president; his administration also faced several issues and controversies. But his greatness overshadowed the flaws of his administration, and had he not died on …

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