Articles in the category Stories (96)

August 21, 1983 will be forever remembered as the day Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. was assassinated. But something else happened on August 21 twelve years prior to Ninoy's martyrdom -- the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971. The tragedy was likewise a defining moment in Philippine history because it gave then-President Ferdinand Marcos reason to declare martial law.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, History, Stories
Tags: stories
World War II was quickly coming to an end. Manila was a jungle of wreckage. Office buildings, churches, homes, hotels, factories and docks lay in ruin. In other parts of the country, people poked through similar scenes of destruction, looking for food or belongings or the remains of family members killed by either the retreating Japanese or the bombardment of the advancing Americans.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, History, Stories
Tags: Brides, War
Bruce Lee is regarded as one of the greatest martial artists, if not the greatest master of the art to ever live. His art revolutionized cinema forever, changing the way the western world perceived martial arts. Over the course of his life, Lee’s fame came not only from his films, but also from the creation of his own art. Jeet Kun Do, “the way of the intercepting fist,” drew influences from every art Lee studied, which included Filipino martial arts.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, Sport, Stories
Tags: Bruce Lee, Escrima, Filipino, Martial Arts
For some Filipino old-timers, today’s headlines seem chillingly familiar: popular demands to deny benefits to illegal immigrants, efforts in Congress to limit the number of legal immigrants entering this country, a report released this year showing that violence against Asians has risen. It’s as if the specter of Justice of the Peace D. W. Rohrback of Pajaro, California has returned to haunt them.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, History, Stories
Tags: Exeter, Riots, Watsonville
The day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Filipinos in the United States, those we now respectfully call the “manongs,” began a drive to form an all-Filipino military unit. Quickly trained, Filipino immigrants-turned-soldiers would be sent to help push the Japanese out of the Philippines. They would fight bravely for the liberation of their homeland and for their right to be American citizens.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, History, Stories
Tags: Boogie Woogie
Many years ago in a place far away from New England, where I now live, I had a charmed existence, a life that was planted equally in the physical world and the supernatural. I was one of eight children -- five girls and three boys. We lived in the Philippines, close to my mother's family. My father was a US Air Force officer stationed at Clark Air Base.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Childhood, Memories, Supernatural, tropical
The death of my cousin Jimmy was my very first experience of losing someone close to the family. He was barely 12. He had been playing in their driveway, when a car barreled down and crushed him. We were all grief-stricken by the loss because Jimmy was such a likeable boy. The funeral was distressingly gloomy and our family was the last to leave as my mother tried her best to console her distraught sister.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Butterfly, Cousin
Before Flash Elorde, “Da Thrilla in Manila” and before Manny Pacquiao, there was one Luis Logan, a very non-typical "Filipino" who seems almost like a footnote in Philippine sports history. Where present-day world champ Pacquiao has boxed 63 fights, won 36 bouts in four different weight classes on two continents, Luis Logan, a boxer in the 1920s and '30s, held the Oriental Welter- and Orient Heavyweight titles in his day and waged a far-flung, professional boxing career in four...
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Documentary, People, Stories
Tags: Elorde, Luis Logan, Pacquiao
University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman was the happy but complicated stomping ground that I shared with Jerry Barican and our charmed generation of the Sixties and Seventies. I am ever thankful that we became the best of friends before the First Quarter Storm of 1970, the ultimate game-changer which would cast a dark cloud of high expectations and thwarted dreams over so many of the best and brightest of our dearly beloved land.
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Published on 17/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: People, Stories
Tags: Brilliant, Jerry Barican, Life
Jose Rizal was born a frail, sickly child. To compensate for his small size, he devoted himself to a regimen of exercise and body-building. He had a private pastime he called higante(giant), in which he would stand on tiptoe and stretch his body, legs and arms. He studied arnis de mano (stickfighting), dumog (wrestling), suntukan (boxing) and fencing (foil and rapier), which became lifelong disciplines to him.
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Published on 15/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Stories
Tags: Jose Rizal, Martial Arts, Warrior
The show starts early in the morning. That’s when the spinners break out of the silvery bay of Bais, others chasing alongside our dive boat. We yelp and scream and lie flat on the bow to see them closer, these wonderful dolphins we’ve come for.
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Published on 15/03/2018 by Papagei
Categories: Environment, Stories
Tags: Chasing, dolphins