11 Controversial and Banned Filipino Advertisements

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Advertisements are supposed to get a particular message or a product across to the public. However, some adverts are just too good at being bad. Add to the fact that the Philippines is not exactly one of the most liberal-minded countries in the world, and you have a sure-fire recipe for all-out controversy. Also Read: 10 Funniest Pinoy TV Bloopers Still, as the saying goes, bad publicity is still publicity. Here are ten adverts and the reasons why they were banned or pulled out.   1. LBC’s “Spelling Bee” Commercial (2009). This seemingly harmless three-part commercial featuring “Spelling Bee” host Edu Manzano caused a stir in 2009 when the Department …

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50 Things You May Not Know About Manny Pacquiao

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Heroes are made, not born. And only few Filipinos can exemplify this quote better than Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines’ primary source of pride and inspiration. Pacquiao is no ordinary man. From an impoverished life in the southern Philippines, he fought his way to the top, emerging as the first and only eight-division world champion with ten world titles under his belt. Thanks to his achievements, Pacquiao has gained multitude of fans from around the world, with some experts describing him as the history’s finest boxer even greater than the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson. But what makes Manny Pacquiao one-of-a-kind? What are the forces that have pushed him to excel in …

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10 Most Infamous Traitors in Philippine History

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Judas Iscariot. Brutus. Benedict Arnold. These are but a few of the numerous famous personalities we’ve come to associate with the word traitor. Unfortunately for us, the Philippines has also had its fair share of such characters. Countless acts of treachery and turncoatism have undoubtedly darkened several chapters of our history, their after-effects still being felt even up to now. Obviously, there are too many traitorous Filipinos to list down. However, here are ten we feel deserve to be mentioned due to their infamy and the magnitude of their treacherous acts:   10. Cecilio Segismundo. Notwithstanding the underlying bad blood between the Tagalogs and the Kapampangans—specifically the Macabebes—for the latter’s …

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10 Reasons Why Life Was Better In Pre-Colonial Philippines

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While Filipinos nowadays are fairly knowledgeable of the Spanish, American, and Japanese eras in the Philippines, the same cannot be said when it comes to the country’s pre-colonial era. Which is a shame actually, because even before the coming of the three foreign races, our ancestors were pretty much living in a veritable paradise. Also Read: 15 Most Intense Archaeological Discoveries in Philippine History Although it wasn’t perfect, that era was actually the closest thing we ever had to a Golden Age, a sentiment shared by national hero Jose Rizal, members of the Katipunan, noted historian Teodoro Agoncillo, and even some church historians. Let’s look at some of the compelling reasons …

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10 ‘What If’ Scenarios That Would Have Changed Philippine History Forever

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When we think about it, history is full of “what-ifs.” A single change of detail or circumstance could very well alter the outcome of history’s most famous events. For example, what if George Washington accepted the title of king or became president for life? Or what if Adolf Hitler got accepted as an artist in Vienna? We may never know the exact answer, but it is always interesting to speculate. It’s also the same for the Philippines. We can only speculate how our history might have turned out if any of these seemingly minor “what-ifs” actually happened. Your guess is as good as ours.   10. Jose Rizal and Josephine …

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14 Beloved Pinoy Products That Are No Longer Available

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Our past is a gallery of winners and losers. While some local brands such as Jollibee have withstood the test of time, there were plenty of other Filipino products that unfortunately received the proverbial axe. READ: 10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Jollibee A lot of factors come into play in the demise of a locally-made product. These include poor product quality, stiff competition, terrible marketing strategies,  and massive re-branding among others. Combine all of these with consumers’ preference to foreign products over our own and there goes a certified loser. For many of us, however, some of the products from yesteryear are not actually losers but well-loved brands that …

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