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Articles in the category History (176)

Who is Andrés Bonifacio? Why is it important to know him? People who revere him as a hero know little about his life, much less his death. November 30, his birth date is celebrated as a Philippine national holiday. Why is there an ongoing, oversimplified debate between Bonifacistas versus the Rizalistas?
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Published by 11/12/2018 by Guido
Categories: History, People
Tags: Andrés Bonifacio, national hero, Bonifacistas, Rizalistas

From when the city was founded in 1571 until the end of the Spanish rule in 1898, Intramuros was Manila. The name Intramuros means “inside the wall.” For 400 years, Intramuros served as the center of the Spanish occupation, originally built to be the residence for Spanish government officials and their families. It was where the most influential and wealthy citizens of colonial Manila lived. The natives and Chinese were not allowed to live inside Intramuros, only the Spanish elite and mestizos.
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Published by 21/08/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History
Tags: Church, Manila, Museum, Rizal, Spanish, History, Cathedral, Intramuros, Palacio, colonial

These are handsome representatives of the Commonwealth style ushered in by American architects Daniel Burnham and William Parsons and brought into fruition by top Filipino architects such as Juan Arellano and Antonio Toledo. Devastated by the Second World War, they were painstakingly reconstructed, and they served as government buildings in the first decades of the Third Philippine Republic.
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Published by 21/08/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Fauna and flora, History, Leisure
Tags: Museum, National, Natural, human, History, Rizal, courtyard

In the early evening of Palm Sunday, the procession snaked past the Quema House from where, by the capiz, windows, I watched it. The last days of Christ depicted in life-size statues rolled by on the caros that started from the St. Paul cathedral in the ancient city of Vigan.
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Published by 17/05/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, History

Tabaco, as a small town, was established by the Franciscan friars in the late 1500s, with St. John the Baptist as patron saint. It gained independence from the old town of Cagsaua in the early 1600s during the term of parish priest Father Pedro de Alcareso. Bicol Region, which is typified by a volcanic topography because of Mayon Volcano, is rich in dark volcanic soil and stones from which the Tabaco Church is constructed.
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Published by 04/05/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History
Tags: Bicol, Church, Tabaco

Perhaps one facet of Makati City that is seldom seen is its laid-back and artsy side. Oftentimes, when we here the name Makati, we think of images of modern skyscrapers and bright office spaces. Most people, even Makati habitués, are not aware that beyond the tall buildings sits a historical and cultural hub that provides a glimpse of Makati’s glorious past.
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Published by 26/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History

It’s a composition that is postcard-perfect: a religious architectural marvel as a vantage point for majestic Mayon Volcano. It’s a vista that is sure to take your breath away. This is the Church of the Nuestra Señora de la Porteria also called Our Lady of the Gate but more commonly known as Daraga Church.
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Published by 25/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History

The San Joaquin Church along with the San Joaquin Cemetery is known as one of the province's major tourist attractions since it plays a great role in literature and history. One, because it is one of the places believed to be possible settings for the “Barter of Panay” myth/legend. The “Barter of Panay” is classified as myth or legend because there are no written accounts or proof to solidify the claim.
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Published by 21/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History

With a grand Pinatubo tour closing the year, the first trip for the new year couldn’t be less fab. The choice was to head a little north to a land nestled in the waters of the South China Sea and Manila Bay, the breathtaking Bataan. Initially planned for two days and a night, the trip was cut short to a day tour. It was a tiring transfer from buses to jeepneys, but the experience was unforgettable. It was a breather from the stressful city life.
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Published by 21/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History

Rizal Monument in Luneta (formerly Bagumbayan) is probably the most popular memorial for the fallen hero and among the most famous sculptural landmarks in the country. It is especially under the spotlight nowadays because of the case against a certain residential building that serves as an unsightly background of the leisure park.
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Published by 21/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, History