Manuel L. Quezon

“I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans.” -- Manuel L. Quezon

PerryScope By Perry Diaz If not for three major mistakes, the Philippines would be strong today – politically, economically, and militarily. We could have taken the place of South Korea as the 11th biggest economic power or even Japan as the third biggest economic power. While Japan and the Philippines were devastated in World War II and South Korea ruined during the Korean War, Japan Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares declared her candidacy for president of the Philippines, she confessed that she didn’t have the organization or the resources to run a presidential campaign. With no political party to provide the resources, manpower, and a nationwide political network — and without tons of moolah, which she admittedly lacks – Grace’s campaign vehicle would be like a Mercedes Read More …

The 12 senators -- called "The Magnificent 12" -- who voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since twelve nationalistic – and left-leaning — members of the Philippine Senate voted to evict the U.S. bases in 1991, our national pride had immeasurably gone up the scale never seen before since the new national flag was raised and independence was declared from Spain on the balcony of Gen. Emilio Aquinaldo’s mansion in Kawit, Cavite, on June 12, 1898. Read More …

Raymundo Melliza

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY By Alex P. Vidal Missing in the pages of our history books was the political exploits of former Supreme Court justice Raymundo Melliza of Iloilo who ran and lost for vice president of the Philippines to Sergio Osmena of Cebu in the 1935 presidential elections. Melliza’s (was Read More …

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Telltale Signs By Rodel Rodis The 1993 Best Picture movie, Schindler’s List, informed the world about Austrian industrialist Oskar Schindler and how he saved 1,100 Polish Jews during WWII by hiring them as workers in his factory. A new documentary, Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust, being shown this month in hundreds of PBS stations throughout the US, will now inform the world Read More …

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AS A MATTER OF FACT By Sara Soliven De Guzman The Philippine Star The coming 2013 midterm election is already bringing in early noise from our politicos. Right now we are very conscious of those “balimbings” as we see them jumping from one party to another. This is clearly showing us that they do not go by a strong political party stand or platform. Good Read More …

Looking Back by Ambeth Ocampo from Philippine Daily Inquirer MANUEL LUIS Quezon is the face on the P20 bill. He is best remembered as the President of the Philippine Commonwealth and is also referred to as the “Father of the National Language.” The former capital of the Philippines, Quezon City, bears his name. He passed away on Aug. 1, 1944 in Camp McMartin, Saranac Lake, Read More …