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A brief history of the t-shirt

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:20 AM

From undergarment to fashion statement, the humble tee has come a long way

U.S.-North Korea: 70 years of high tension

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Since the end of the Korean War the United States and North Korea have seen relations marked by high tension and periodic but short lived thaws

LOOKOUTS. A North Korean soldier (L) and a South Korean soldier (R) stand opposite each other at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on February 4, 2015.  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/File

Confederate monuments removed in Baltimore, other cities

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:25 AM

The removal of the monuments comes 4 days after clashes in Charlottesville Virginia that stemmed from a rally called by white supremacists to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee from a public park

REMOVED. Workers load statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson on a flatbed truck in the early hours of August 16, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. ProPublica / Alec MacGillis/AFP

A history of trust: The Philippines' first bank

Aug 14, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI is 166 years old this year Its history of trust is closely intertwined with the Philippines’ narrative of progress and development

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, air show

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Pakistan celebrates 70 years of independence from British India with fireworks and plans for the country s largest air display

NATIONAL PRIDE. Pakistani vendors show a large national flag to customers at a roadside stall ahead of the country's independence day celebrations in Lahore on August 6, 2017. Arif Ali/AFP

For Ayala Museum, virtual reality is just one way to connect

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The institution is using new technology and tested marketing techniques to draw more people to art culture and history

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

What's The Big Idea? Virtual reality history at the Ayala Museum

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:52 PM

How did the big idea of Jose Rizal s execution in virtual reality evolve? How is technology changing the way curators present art and culture?

Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

Aug 06, 2017 - 12:52 PM

The anniversary comes after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain France and the US to dismiss a UN treaty banning atomic weapons

HONORING THE DEAD. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since last year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 72nd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2017. Jiji Press/AFP

Creators behind 'Game of Thrones' stir race controversy with 'Confederate'

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A newly announced show on HBO sparks a heated backlash in a country still grappling with the legacy of slavery and its generational impacts on African Americans

MEN BEHIND 'THRONES' In this file photo, writer/producers David Benioff (L) and D.B. Weiss accept Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones' during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP

How Duterte inspired historian Rey Ileto to finish U.S. conquest book

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A renowned scholar turns his eyes toward the special relationship President Duterte is loosening

What's the Big Idea? Rey Ileto: History and Duterte through un-Americanized eyes

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:15 PM

Historian Rey Ileto says the boss mayor embodied by President Rodrigo Duterte is an unintended legacy of the resistance against American occupation

Rey Ileto

New 'Harry Potter' books to be released in 2017

Jul 20, 2017 - 5:33 PM

One of the new books is about the subjects Harry studied at Hogwarts while the other is about mystical topics like alchemy witchcraft and magical creatures

The face value of make-up

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Why have we as humans fallen for these creams waxes gels sprays and paint ons?

Iraq military says it has retaken iconic Mosul mosque

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The announcement of the recapture of the mosque – which the Islamic State ISIS group blew up last week as Iraqi forces closed in – comes 3 years to the day after the jihadists declared a caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria

DESTROYED. This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq's Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul's Nuri mosque compound. Joint Operation Command / Handout / AFP

ISIS blows up Mosul mosque where Baghdadi became 'caliph'

Jun 22, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The destruction of two of Mosul s best known landmarks comes on the fourth day of an Iraqi offensive backed by the US led coalition to take the Old City

DESTROYED. This aerial view taken on June 21, 2017 and provided by Iraq's Joint Operation Command reportedly shows destruction inside Mosul's Nuri mosque compound. Joint Operation Command / Handout / AFP

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Is human rights relevant to Filipinos?

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Is the protection of human rights a foreign imposed concept?

Rizal's life in Germany revisited through new map

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Philippine embassy in Germany launches an illustrated map retracing Jose Rizal s adventures in the European country

RETRACING RIZAL'S ROUTE. Philippine Ambassador to Germany Melita Sta. Maria-€“Thomeczeck presents the new, illustrated map on the life of Rizal in Germany. Photo by Carol Ramoran

Duterte's historical revisionism: A settler hijacks Mindanao

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Mindanao is a national issue and requires national discussion For President Duterte to use I am from Mindanao is hijacking Mindanao’s narrative

PRESIDENT FROM THE SOUTH. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with leaders of various labor organizations on May 1, 2017, in Davao City. Malacañang Photo

The unsung heroes who fought for Philippine independence

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:15 AM

It’s high time we recognize some of the lesser known Filipino heroes who fought for our sovereign nation

FILIPINO HEROES. Mariano Trias, Trinidad Tecson, and the 15 Bicol martyrs are among the valiant Filipinos to whom we owe our independence today.

50 years after 'Sgt Pepper,' rock world still enjoys the show

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:19 AM

The release of Sgt Pepper s Lonely Hearts Club Band half a century ago represented a landmark in music history

Original and replica costumes from The Beatles used on the album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band are pictured on display during a photo-call for the 'You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70' exhibition at the V&A museum in central London on September 7, 2016. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Why should we respect the PH Flag?

May 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

According to the curator of the Aguinaldo Shrine it s important to revisit the history of the flag and be reminded of how our heroes fought for our independence

WATCH: Balangay team sails from Sulu to China to retrace maritime heritage

May 12, 2017 - 12:04 PM

The mission of the Balangay team is both symbolic and purposeful – rekindle a passion for the seas and our maritime heritage

MAIDEN VOYAGE. The Sultan Sin Sulu balangay on its first sea trial. Photo by Fung Yu

Why we should celebrate April 21: An invitation from Kidlat Tahimik

Apr 20, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Through Balikbayan 1 which will be shown for a week starting April 21 filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik introduces Enrique de Malacca the favorite valet or chef of Ferdinand Magellan

MAGELLAN'S SLAVE. Enrique de Malacca, wood carving by Kidlat Tahimik. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Trump spokesman apologizes for 'insensitive' Hitler reference

Apr 12, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Sean Spicer: Frankly I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison

In this file photo, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on February 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

WATCH: Commemoration of Death March at Bataan Freedom Trail 2017

Apr 10, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Dubbed the Freedom Trail the event features a 160 kilometer ultramarathon a motorcycle and road bike ride and a reenactment of the harrowing events leading up to the Bataan Death March

Westbrook makes history with 42nd triple-double, Cavs collapse

Apr 10, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Westbrook scores 50 points pulls down 16 rebounds and hands out 10 assists to break the single season triple double record set by Oscar Robertson in the 1961 62 campaign

HISTORY. Russell Westbrook makes history with his 42nd triple-double. File Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

What can we learn from China’s long history of fighting illicit drugs?

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Drug use is a problem but sometimes the exaggeration of the problem could be more dangerous and the cures on offer could be worse than the problem itself

European Union marks 60th birthday under Brexit's shadow

Mar 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM

From migration and terrorism to populism and the eurozone debt crisis Brexit is one of a host of existential challenges clouding the birthday celebrations of a union formed to rebuild Europe from the ashes of war

FLYING HIGH. A man waves a European Union (EU) flag  in central London on January 24, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Preserving the memory of glaciers

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Glaciers hold the memory of former climates and help to predict future environmental changes says the Institute of Research for Development

Priceless treasures lie in ruins at Iraq's Mosul museum

Mar 13, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Once home to priceless archaeological treasures Mosul s museum now lies in ruins

RUINS. A member of the Iraqi forces enters the destroyed building of the museum of Mosul on March 11, 2017 after it was recaptured from Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters. Aris Messinis/AFP

Who said women are 'great partners' in nation building? Apolinario Mabini

Mar 11, 2017 - 5:07 PM

If only Apolinario Mabini s draft constitution was not politicized by his nemeses Filipinas would have started enjoying the rights they have now as early as 1898

The women in Mabini’s grand plan

The downfall of South Korea's 'princess' Park

Mar 10, 2017 - 11:14 AM

UPDATED Park Geun Hye the first sitting South Korean president to be subject to a criminal probe goes down as the first democratically elected president to be booted out of office

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during an address to the nation, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 29, 2016. Jeon Heon-Kyun/AFP

Whose EDSA? A reflection on the (failed) promises of ‘People Power’

Feb 27, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Like an audience of a ‘teleserye’ with no control over the plot spectatorship is our default mode of involvement What EDSA represents is the hope that such passivity has not always been the case

POWER OF WE. Former President Noynoy Aquino joins the thousands gather at the People Power Monument. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is the two-state solution?

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Here are some questions and answers about the two state solution and the possible alternatives

Land without history: Myanmar rediscovers its past

Feb 03, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Today the country s understanding of its history is starting to change under the young government of Aung San Suu Kyi which took power nearly a year ago

HISTORY. This photograph taken on January 7, 2017 shows people browsing at a book stall displaying books on Myanmar history in Yangon. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe crowns through the years

Jan 29, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The Miss Universe crown has evolved through the years since 1952

Pope warns against populism and 'saviors' like Hitler

Jan 22, 2017 - 9:31 AM

Hitler did not steal power the pope says He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people

Pope Francis speaks to the faithful during his general audience in Aula Paolo VI on January 18, 2017 at the Vatican. Andreas Solaro/AFP

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The UN s cultural agency has reacted with outrage calling the fresh destruction a war crime and cultural cleansing

NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

25-year independence anniversary bittersweet for Central Asia

Dec 20, 2016 - 11:37 AM

25 years since gaining independence from the Soviet Union complaints of an ever widening gulf between capitalism s winners and losers and the mismanagement of state funds echo throughout the graft riddled countries in the region

LOOMING PRESENCE. A picture taken on December 14, 2016 shows a statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the town of Arkalyk, central Kazakhstan. Stanislav Filippov/AFP

Marcos burial in textbooks? We'll include 'critical side' – Briones

Dec 14, 2016 - 5:10 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says students will also learn why 5 Supreme Court justices voted against the hero s burial for Ferdinand Marcos

Photo from Marcos Presidential Center

Aleppo's famed Old City left 'unrecognizable' by war

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:40 AM

For centuries Aleppo was Syria s economic and cultural powerhouse but now most of the city is in ruins after years of savage conflict

HERITAGE DESTROYED. A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13, 2016, after they captured the area. George Ourfalian/AFP

'Viva Fidel!': Castro takes final voyage across Cuba

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:05 AM

Castro s ashes are taking the reverse route that his band of guerrilla fighters took between January 2 8 1959 to celebrate their defeat of US backed dictator Fulgencio Batista

FINAL JOURNEY. The urn with the ashes of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro is driven through Matanzas, Cuba, starting a 4-day journey across the island, on November 30, 2016. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Wife of Putin aide shocks with Holocaust-themed skating routine

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:11 PM

The wife of President Vladimir Putin s spokesman faces a storm of criticism for performing a Holocaust themed ice dancing routine with striped costumes based on concentration camp uniforms

This file photo taken on October 21, 2015 shows former figure skater Olympic champion Tatiana Navka attending the World Olympians Forum in Moscow. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Reexamining the Philippines' place in the world

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Lasco: This intimacy with different lands should not only place us at the heart of the world; it should also should give us a heart for the world

Marcos and Mindanao: The non-Moro zones

Nov 25, 2016 - 1:30 PM

It was not just the Moros who suffered from the brutality of the Marcos dictatorship; all of Mindanao suffered One would expect the country’s first Mindanawon president to at least acknowledge that

Back to 1930s nationalism? Historians battle over comparison

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:30 PM

So as the return of ultra nationalism xenophobia and anti elitism spur Trump anti EU voters in Britain and a host of far right parties in Europe does history offer comfort or cause for concern?

In this file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump makes his way off stage after a rally at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on October 21, 2016. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Experts challenge Van Gogh Museum on 'lost' notebook

Nov 17, 2016 - 10:31 PM

Experts who back the discovery of a lost Vincent Van Gogh notebook demand a public debate with the Van Gogh Museum which has dismissed it as a fake

A man leafs through the pages of a book of drawings from Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh at the architecture academy in Paris on November 15, 2016. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Confronting demons: Tunisians abused during dictatorships to testify on live TV

Nov 17, 2016 - 9:53 PM

Victims of murder rape and torture under successive dictatorships will testify on live television as Tunisia tries to deal with decades of abuse

President of the Truth and Dignity Forum (IVD) Sihem Ben Sedrine gives a press conference in Tunis on November 14, 2016, to announce the start of the public hearing for the victims of Tunisia's 23-year long dictator Ben Ali. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisian dictatorship victims to tell of abuse

Nov 15, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Victims of murder rape and torture under successive dictatorships before Tunisia s 2011 uprising will be heard this week as the country tries to come to terms with decades of abuse

In this file photo, Tunisians wave national flags and shout slogans on January 14, 2016, during a rally on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Fethi Belaid/AFP