History

Katipunan "Supremo" Andres Bonifacio

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On July 7, 1892, Andres Bonifacio, together with Deodato Arellano, Valentin Diaz, Teodoro Plata, Ladislao Diwa, and Jose Dizon, upon learning of Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s deportation, convened secretly and agreed to form a secret society. The founders called the secret society the Kataastaasang Kagalang-Kagalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or Katipunan for short. It was also referred to Read More …

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By Ducky Paredes  Malaya SENIOR Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that an examination of early maps made by Chinese cartographers prove that the “historical facts” claimed by China for their newly created nine-dash line is a fiction of their imagination. “All these ancient maps show that since the first Chinese maps appeared, the southernmost territory of China has always been Hainan island, with its ancient Read More …

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HINDSIGHT By F Sionil Jose The Philippine Star At lunch the other day, the cultural activist and stage star Joy Virata asked two very important questions. I have mulled over them for so long, I think I have some of the answers, most of which are based on our history, our nature as Filipinos and our economic system. I am only too aware, of course, Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano My claim to fame in writing is grounded on the fact that I remember a lot of things, this despite increasing senior moments. One of my favorite topics, corruption, has long threads throughout post WWII Philippine history. These threads provide context, something that unfortunately many columnists would rather not refer to as context makes hot issues old issues. Context puts Read More …

Philip-Chua

Our Appointment with Destiny Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS* The origin and formation of the Filipino people dates back at least 50,000 years ago, long before the development of the Austronesian languages. Fast forward to March 16, 1521, when the Philippines was discovered by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan. Filipinos, in general, have always excelled wherever they were. One such Filipino was our national hero, Read More …

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Yellow Pad By Vicente Rafael THE FOURTH of July is knotted with historical significance and political ironies. From 1946 to 1962, July 4 marked Philippine Independence Day, commemorating the transfer of US sovereignty to the newly formed Republic of the Philippines in the wake of the terrible destruction wrought by World War II. In 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal changed the date to June 12, referring Read More …

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AS A MATTER OF FACT By Sara Soliven De Guzman The Philippine Star  I am haunted by one of my late father, Maximo V. Soliven’s beautifully written column about Philippine Independence entitled: A Portrait of the Filipino as a hero: In search of himself. This column was written a decade ago on June 12, 1990. I had always kept it, waiting for a perfect day Read More …

Malaysian soldiers man a security checkpoint in Semporna, the Sabah town where new clashes erupted after the initial encounter in Lahad Datu between police commanders and followers of the sultan of Sulu. (AFP)

By Agence France-Presse KUALA LUMPUR — Sabah is in crisis after militant followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III invaded to stake the sultanate’s historical claim to the area. Following are key details on Sabah and the turmoil. What is Sabah? Sabah is a resource-rich Malaysian state about the size of Ireland on the northern tip of remote Borneo. It is marked by huge oil Read More …

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GLIMPSES By Jose Ma. Montelibano Twenty-seven years ago, the miracle of a peaceful revolution that removed a dictator from power unfolded in Edsa. Since then, much has happened that could never have been predicted at that time. Personal and political fortunes had serious ups and downs, heels became heroes and heroes became heels. As time marched, so did versions of the truth. Many who were Read More …

Sultan Jamalul Kiram (center) during the American occupation

By Ed Lingao PCIJ.org FOR SEVERAL DAYS NOW, Manila’s broadsheets have been bannering the confrontation between followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian authorities in a small town in Sabah. Reports have it that some 300 armed followers of the Sultan of Sulu had traveled from Sulu in the southern Philippines to the town of Lahad Datu in Sabah to “reclaim their homeland.” The Read More …