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.
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.
It was a mushy story that would give readers of teen novels goosebumps, or make adults teary-eyed during a teledrama episode. But it was also destiny – and the fate of the Philippines would be changed forever.
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.
Remember when Juan Luna killed his wife and mother-in-law in a fit of jealousy? Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, another part of his life is shrouded with mystery and just as intriguing—his paintings.
A few years after the “Tasaday” discovery, another group of primitive cave-dwellers hit the headlines. And this time, it was for real.
Gen. Antonio Luna’s love affair with Ysidra Cojuangco is considered a myth, but some people buy the story without an inkling of its origin. So how this historical rumor really started?
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.
Meet the wealthy American anti-imperialist who attempted, but failed, to free the Philippines from the hands of the United States.