The Origin and Meaning of the Names of Philippine Cities

I’m sure you’ve already asked somebody about your city’s name origin and meaning. But your friend could not give you a definitive answer. Some of the cities’ names have several versions, the most accurate information probably lost in time, most likely because of the lack of authors to record history. The Spaniards were reluctant toRead More

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Pink Mosque in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao

This is Masjid Dimaukom, but most popularly known as the Pink Mosque, can be found in the town of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao. The former mayor Samsudin Dimaukom funded the mosque’s construction on a lot donated by their family. Pink is his wife’s favorite color. The pink also represents wholesomeness, friendship or peace. ChristianRead More

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Mineski Infinity’s No Refund Policy, a bad business practice?

I first heard of the name Mineski through a series of Dota international esports tournaments. It’s an esports team focusing on playing the online game Dota. The name Mineski is considered a household name here in the Philippines, and probably internationally. I was excited when Mineski Infinity setup shop in Iligan. They opened late lastRead More

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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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List of Universities and Colleges with free tuition fee

The Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, the free tuition law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 1, providing full free tuition fees for students in state-owned colleges and universities and even technical-vocational schools.   National Capital Region Eulogio ‘Amang’ Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology Marikina Polytechnic College Philippine Normal University PhilippineRead More

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WATCH: Philippines vs Japan game highlights and full game video of FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers

The Philippines’ game against Japan in their FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers, held on February 25, 2017 at the Mall of Asia arena. It was not an easy game, as the Japs had not a single game, and they’re desperate for a win. The game highlights (short): Full game video:

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24 Aftermath Photos of the Battle of Marawi City

Photographed in December of 2017. I’ve always wanted to go to Marawi City even before the war. But concerned with my personal safety. Yes, even before the war,  my Marawi resident friends warned us not to go to Marawi City alone, because there are some who would specifically target non-Muslims. God answered my desire toRead More

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5 Facts About Christmas in the Philippines

Christmas celebration in the Philippines is probably one of the most unique among Christian-dominated countries in the world. In fact, it is the only Christian-dominated country in Asia, about 90% are Christians, the Catholics comprised the majority about 80%. Christmas celebration in the former Spain colony is the longest celebrated Christmas in the whole world.Read More

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