Instead of China lording it over us, it was the other way around when Philippines first joined international basketball. The year was 1913, and basketball in the country was still in its formative years. Nonetheless, the Filipino cagers reigned supreme in the first ever Far Eastern Games–considered to be Asia’s version of Olympics–beating delegates from Japan and China.
So exactly how many “old” words and expressions separate the older from the younger millenials? Answer: A lot. And here are just some examples..
There are more things to learn about shapes and their Filipino equivalents than you thought. Let’s have a rundown of some familiar shapes and their less familiar names in the Filipino language.
Long before Mali, a pachyderm with an intriguing name became the center of attraction in pre-war Manila.
Although the Mt. Pinatubo eruption on June 15, 1991 would go down in history as the second largest, its worldwide impact is one for the books. Here are stunning space photographs of the volcano before and after its historic explosion.
How did the Filipinos end up with this distorted perception of beauty? Is this a sign of colonial mentality or an inferiority complex brought to us by our Spanish colonizers?
The finale of the Ali-Frazier boxing trilogy has become the pillar of the sport’s history and a yardstick that has defined how and what a great boxing match should be. Relive the historic moments and learn more about one of boxing history’s greatest fights with these 8 interesting ‘Thrilla in Manila’ facts.
For the benefit of enlightenment then, let us look at some of the famous events from Philippine history we’ve been picturing incorrectly and see them for what they really are—warts and all.
Before the Spaniards completely deprived us of our freedom, a young man chose to stand up and fight for what he believed is right. An extraordinary warrior indeed, and a brave hero every millenial should look up to.
As one of the oldest institutions in the country, the Catholic Church carries a lot of history with it. Most of these facts, more often than not, are forgotten either because of our own neglect or because the Church draws attention to itself only when it is in the middle of a controversy.
Ever heard of the catchphrase “Pinay Power”? If you have no idea what that means, then sit back, relax, and let these badass Filipina warriors from WWII be your teacher.
I hope these trivia questions will make you realize that reading should be done for pleasure, and that learning is a never-ending process regardless of the field you’re in. Make sure to share your score with your friends so we can turn this into an online Battle of the Brains!
The following places are the closest you’ll ever get to some of the most popular tourist spots in the world. Make sure to cross them off from your bucket list while saving for your “dream destinations.”
Pristine, majestic, and breathtaking. These are the adjectives used to describe Pasig River. But that was before people started dumping their wastes into the river. Today, the water is so dirty that one bucket from it would have been enough to wipe out the dinosaurs.
This quiz is another fun way to learn the history of our beloved city. But for every item you answer, may you realize how beautiful Manila is, and the terrible scenario that might happen the moment we stop caring, respecting and preserving our cultural heritage.
After artist Tony Velasquez gave us the first successful Filipino comic strip, Kenkoy, many more followed in his footsteps. These enduring funny characters they created are proof that cartooning is here to stay.
In 1949, a part of what appeared to be an underground tunnel was discovered in Intramuros–and it’s only the beginning.
The book is simply an extension of our blog. It’s a collection of some of our most popular and widely-syndicated articles plus never-before-published facts you shouldn’t miss.
You probably have seen some of these photos already, but not with vibrant colors. And that makes this photo collection special: the natural colors make the pictures more real, bringing us back to the year 1899 when Philippine-American War was in its earliest stages.