The fact that the little information we have about our ancestors were recorded by foreigners makes me wonder what would have happened had they not colonized us. We’ll probably never know, but for now, let’s learn some of the most interesting facts about our ancestors I bet you didn’t encounter in school.
There are a bunch of horror flicks based on true stories, but everyone knows that a “creative license” almost always dictate the final output. So where exactly can you find original, mind-blowing true stories that will give you the creeps? None other than the archives of Philippines’ shocking history.
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.
It may come as a surprise to some how a geographically small country could influence events on a global scale. However, the reality is that the Philippines has had its fair share of events significant enough to influence the world in a big way. Here are some of them.
The Vizconde Massacre, the Hultman case, the Marikina killings and the Ampatuan Mass Murder. These were just a few of the gruesome crime stories that hogged media headlines for months–even years–in recent memory. But there were cases just as shockingly chilling, perhaps even more so, as these sensational crimes from the 1960s decade.
Some of the things that kept our great-great-grandparents busy have slowly disappeared or transformed into their modern-day counterparts. Let’s pay tribute to these fascinating old-timey jobs and the equally fascinating stories that led to their demise.
Colorized photographs provide us with a portal to our past, an incredible view of our ancestors’ daily life as if they’re just arm’s length away. After all, that is exactly the purpose of old photos: To tell stories, satisfy our curiosity and make history come alive.
Douglas MacArthur once said: “Give me ten thousand Filipinos and I will conquer the world.” Then again, with the unbelievable display of fighting prowess and near-reckless abandon by these Filipinos who were literal one-man armies, MacArthur’s request for ten thousand would be overkill.
These are the expressions and lines that they laced their conversations with–familiar to the ears, but alien to some of us in meanings. Most of them make hazy references to historical figures, plants, sports, and places—but why? This article explores the fascinating backgrounds behind such colorful expressions.
Although the Philippine Revolution, the Philippine-American War, the World War II, and the Korean War are generally what comes to mind whenever someone asks what wars Filipinos fought in, it’s good to know that our ancestors actually played a vital role in the many famous foreign conflicts of history.
Love may bring either joy or sorrow–and we have our own historical figures to prove it. Here are 6 of the greatest love teams in Philippine history whose relationships didn’t end up happily ever after.
Indeed, the ghosts of WWII continue to haunt every facet of Filipino life. And everything started during those first few years of rehabilitation, as seen in these rare color photos.
Let’s look back at some of the fascinating ways our forefathers entertained themselves long before TV and the Internet shortened our attention span.
Not all people are sane, and from time to time we hear sickening news of people eating people around the world. Unfortunately, we also have our fair share here in the Philippines.
These stunning color photographs by Dean Worcester, which originally appeared in the 1913 issue of the National Geographic Magazine, provide us with a glimpse of the colorful life and culture of Philippine indigenous groups in the 1900s.
The Philippines probably has one of the most unique Christmas celebrations in the world. Add the fact that Filipinos have been celebrating it for hundreds of years, and we have ourselves a history of Christmas brimming with scintillating stories.
Ours have always been an accepting society—since the ancient time of gender-bending babaylans who were empowered with the authority to heal and speak with divinities. Here are more unusual stories from past and present, involving colorful LGBT personalities.
As one respected Filipino historian once said, “Jose Rizal is everywhere yet he is nowhere.” Let’s look back at the life of this oft taken-for-granted hero.
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 contemplative paralytic man sitting on a rattan chair. Here are 8 interesting facts that prove Apolinario Mabini, despite his disability, was way more badass than we give him credit for.