The Origin of the Visayas name

We have often heard the word Visayas or Bisaya. But do you really know the real meaning or its origin. Most of us dont, even the Bisayans themselves have no idea. The word Visayas was derived from Srivijaya, a name of a predominantly Hindu-Buddhist empire in Sumatra. Sri means “prosperous”, vijaya means “excellent”. It’s aRead More

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5 facts about Salipada Pendatun, the Forgotten Hero from Mindanao

I never heard about Salipada Pendatun, until I visited Buluan, Maguindanao last month. I chanced upon a hanging tarpaulin at a trade exhibit when I first learned about this Filipino hero. I would say I’m impressed after reading a short biography of Pendatun. This former senator was called a man of “many firsts”. 1. HeRead More

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Inaul Festival in Maguindanao

The Inaul Festival in Buluan, Maguindanao is still on its second year. This colorful and vibrant festival is observed annually on February 8 to 14. But this festival is actually under a new name or a continuation of what used to be called the Sagayan Festival. The latter was already celebrated in Misamis Oriental. TheRead More

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The history of our Philippine Flag

I will present it in chronological order the history of our Philippine flag, starting in 1898 when the Republic was officially established. Prior to 1898 were revolutionary flags, but those flags only represented a certain region or its struggle for independence from Spain. 1898 – 1901 Ironically, made in Hong Kong, but thankfully by FilipinosRead More

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Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag

Part of the Republic Act. No. 8491 or the “An Act Prescribing The Code Of The National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-arms And Other Heraldic Items And Devices Of The Philippines” is the Pledge of Allegiance to the Philippine Flag. Ako ay Filipino Buong katapatang nanunumpa Sa watawat ng Pilipinas At sa bansang kanyang sinasagisag NaRead More

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Lupang Hinirang (Spanish version)

Filipinas (Spanish version, 1899) Tierra adorada, hija del sol de Oriente, su fuego ardiente en ti latiendo está. Patria de amores, del heroísmo cuna, los invasores no te hallarán jamás. En tu azul cielo, en tus auras, en tus montes y en tu mar esplende y late el poema de tu amada libertad. Tu pabellónRead More

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Lupang Hinirang (English version)

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The Philippine Hymn (English version during the American regime) Land of the morning, Child of the sun returning, With fervor burning, Thee do our souls adore. Land dear and holy, Cradle of noble heroes, Never shall invaders Trample thy sacred shore. Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds And over thy hills and sea,Read More

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