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

General Antonio Luna quick profile

This General Antonio Luna short background is based almost entirely from the Malacañang website’s infographic of the feisty general. Antonio Luna’s work as a general of the military of the Philippines was waged during the occupation of the United States in 1899. Full name in Spanish: Antonio Luna de San Pedro y Novicio Ancheta Born:Read More

3 lesser known Filipino heroes

When we hear somebody says the phrase “Filipino heroes”, what quickly comes to mind are the names Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Juan Luna, and even the controversial Emilio Aguinaldo. Filipiknow also has an interesting article entitled 5 Great Philippine Heroes Nobody Remembers, so you may also read this for added knowledge. But what I compiledRead More

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

4 Facts About Typhoon Sendong

I was in Iligan City when Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) happened in December 17, 2011. Although, me and my family were not directly affected by the typhoon, we were about 5 to 8 kilometers away from the center of devastation. The heavy rain started the night before, December 16. The deadly flood were alreadyRead More

7 Facts About Manuel L. Quezon

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Former President Manuel L. Quezon was the most popular political personality during his time. Making the present President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity pales in comparison. Almost every city in the Philippines has the Quezon surname – Quezon Avenue, Quezon St, Quezon Memorial Hospital and many more. 1. The Most Popular President. The Baler, Quezon born garneredRead More

7 Facts about the name of the Philippines

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I’m absolutely sure, majority of Filipinos are unaware of the origin or meaning of our own country name, the Philippines. I, myself learned new things while researching for this piece. 1. The name Philippines was derived from the Spanish name Filipe or Philip in English, and specifically in honor of King Philippe II, the KingRead More

Remember the Pepsi 349 Scandal in 1992?

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Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines launched a promo called the “Number Fever” in 1992. It instantly became a hit. Basically, the promo works like a lotto. The company would announce a number, and if the number in the bottom of the caps matches the drawn number, the cap holder wins. The highest amount to win was P1Read More

Top 10 Deadliest Storms in the Philippines

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Below is the list of the deadliest storms that hit the Philippines in terms of the number of death. Two of the storms in the list I have witnessed the aftermath of the devastation – Yolanda and Sendong.   Storm name International name Date   Center of Devastation  Number of deaths of people 1. HaiphongRead More

How Did the Father of Ferdinand Marcos die?

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Mariano Marcos, was the father of the kicked-out former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. Several schools and other structures in the Ilocos Region were named after him, three of these are Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Elementary School. Roads and streets were named after him. Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City usedRead More

Did You Know that Britain invaded the Philippines in 1762?

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Well, not totally the whole of the Philippines yet. Initially, Manila and Cavite as the base, but with the intention of occupying the whole country. But it prevented them to spread further outside Manila, when the original Spanish colonizers and its Filipino allies resisted the Royal soldiers. Why did Great Britain invade us? Britain andRead More

Fort Santiago Information

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The restored main gate of Fort Santiago. The Fort Santiago is the citadel protecting Intramuros, also called the Walled City, located in Manila, Philippines. This used to be the headquarters of the Spanish Colonial Government. Fort Santiago is like a bodyguard for Intramuros (“within the walls”). Santiago is a Spanish word for James, named afterRead More

List of Massacres Under Ferdinand Marcos

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  Two decades of terror have marred the administration of former madman Ferdinand Marcos with forced disappearances, killings, and mass murders or known as massacres. The most popular of these massacres are Jabidah and Escalante massacres. In this list are the massacres done by the Ferdinand Marcos government, particularly the Philippine military. There were otherRead More