With the innumerable lives lost and inestimable damage wrought by the Philippine Revolution and the subsequent Philippine-American War, we can only imagine the numerous possibilities that might have been had Spain—of its own accord—left the Philippines freely in the late 18th century.
Long before the “national photobomber” ruined the sightline of the Rizal Monument, a “tower of stupidity” almost rose up from the Luneta grounds. Emphasis on almost because as the title suggests, this skyscraper was eventually scrapped and never went past the planning stage.
Filipinos from yesteryear were always thrilled whenever famous foreign personalities choose to have a brief stopover here. Let’s take a look back at some of the most unforgettable historical icons you didn’t know once set foot in Philippine soil.
In an era best remembered for its civil rights movements, one Filipino left his own mark on history by leading the fight for better working conditions in a country thousands of miles away from his homeland.
Aside from the Philippines’ claims in the West Philippine Sea, perhaps no other territorial row has embedded itself in the Filipinos’ collective consciousness as much as Sabah. Located near Palawan and Mindanao, the resource-rich region has been the source of much friction between Malaysia and the Philippines (think Operation Merdeka and the 2013 “invasion” launched by a heir to the Sultanate of Sulu).