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[OPINION] Busting myths on Lapu-Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:27 PM

'Before we wax patriotic with torches and pitchforks in rebuke of this movie, how about we see the silver lining, that this is an opportunity for us to revisit the pages of our history books?'

[ANALYSIS] 75 years after MacArthur's return, WW2 combatants face common threat

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Why were the US and Japan forces in the Philippines for joint 'warrior' exercises? Because China desires regional and global domination, and the Philippines is standing in its way.

[OPINION] The slow death of Philippine history in high school

Oct 26, 2019 - 9:30 AM

It is no surprise to me if more students tend to believe that Rizal is actually ‘Jack the Ripper’ or wonder why Apolinario Mabini is always sitting in the film 'Heneral Luna'

Bringing home the Pigafetta manuscripts

Oct 16, 2019 - 2:41 PM

For the first time, high-resolution copies of Italian explorer Antonio Pigafetta's chronicle are in the Philippine national historian's library, accessible to any Filipino who wants to learn about Magellan's expedition, the 'First Mass,' and the Battle of Mactan

Ever heard of the 1734 Murillo Velarde map and why it should be renamed?

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Historian Ambeth Ocampo says it should instead be called the 'Velarde-Bagay' map to highlight the contribution of its Filipino engraver Nicolas dela Cruz Bagay

'VELARDE-BAGAY MAP.' Historian Ambeth Ocampo suggests renaming the 1734 Murillo Velarde map the 'Velarde-Bagay' map to give credit to its Filipino engraver, Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay. Photo from US Library of Congress

Historian calls for 'nuanced' scholarly study of Marcos regime to fight false narratives

Sep 20, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The failure of historians to write a thorough historical study of the Marcos years has opened the floodgates of misinformation and inaccurate narratives from both sides of the debate, says history professor Filomeno Aguilar Jr

'Resist historical revisionism,' Pangilinan says on Cory's 10th death anniversary

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:00 PM

A decade since the death of former president and democracy icon Corazon Aquino, Senator Francis Pangilinan urges Filipinos to resist attempts to revise the country's history

DEATH ANNIVERSARY. Bishop Socrates Villegas lead the mass during the 10th death anniversary of former president Corazon Aquino at Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque on August 1, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PODCAST: Who is the Filipino? Superhero worship

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Listen to part 2 of our podcast with 'Darna' director Jerrold Tarog on heroes in Philippine media

PODCAST: Who is the Filipino? Heroes of history

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

We talk national heroes with 'Heneral Luna' director Jerrold Tarog

2018 top science stories: Rhino skeleton, climate change, and Lego heads

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

As we wrap up 2018, the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum write about some of this year's most important science stories

UP LIKAS itatampok ang ika-27 na Pambansang Kumperensiya ng mga Mag-aaral ng Kasaysayan

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Itatampok sa kumperensiya ang krimen bilang isang tagahubog sa kasaysayan ng bansa

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 movies about Philippine history

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Learn about Philippine history through movies

Rappler Talk Entertainment: History and the big screen

Jun 11, 2018 - 9:21 PM

Rappler talks to director Jerrold Tarog and actors Art Acuña and Ronnie Lazaro about bringing historical figures to life through the big screen

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, June 3-9, 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: 5 misconceptions about Philippine history

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:10 PM

We throw in the books to set the record straight

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Spotting biases and history's role in healing society

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Leloy Claudio chats with Chiqui Agoncillo, the first female summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines History Department on history's role in nation building, careers, and spotting bias

'People's Museum' seeks to preserve identity of Ormoc City

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'We need a museum to remind us that we are part of a cultural band and we have a responsibility to our descendants to preserve our past,' says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez

SITE OF PEOPLE'S MUSEUM. The people of Ormoc City will have their own museum come June 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Debunking myths on the origins of the Filipino

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Were there really 3 distinct waves of migration? Who were the Filipinos' forefathers?

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

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?

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

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHCP to Duterte: Lead way to true healing, reconsider Marcos burial

Nov 11, 2016 - 5:39 PM

If healing is the aim then the wounds of the past are best dealt with by coming to terms with them fairly and squarely not by denying them deflating their effect or ignoring them altogether says NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno

LAST RESORT. Only President Rodrigo Duterte can stop the state interment of the former president Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

House approves bill declaring Jan 23 as 1st Philippine Republic Day

Oct 31, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The NHCP says the short lived First Philippine Republic still catapulted the Filipino nation onto the world s consciousness

PINOY PRIDE. In this file photo, Philippine honor guards hoist a giant Philippine flag during the 119th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal at the Luneta Park in Manila on December 30, 2015. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[Newspoint] Searching history for culprits

Sep 30, 2016 - 6:00 PM

As a critic of colonial patronage – and what a spiteful critic he is – Duterte himself lacks the standing

The tragedy of Martial Law

Sep 21, 2016 - 1:51 PM

Martial Law was a bold and grandiose plan to steer the Philippines into a developed country in the mold of the East Asian economic tigers

MARTIAL LAW MEMORIES. A man stands among photos taken of human rights victims during martial law, displayed at an experiential museum inside a military camp in Manila on February 24, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Jokowi on Mary Jane, Official Gazette, China and Russia | 6PM wRap

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

Official Gazette, 9/11 anniversary, Samsung Note 7 ban | 12PM wRap

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Watch the 12PM wRap with Maria Ressa

#SuperficialGazette: Filipino netizens 'rewrite history'

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:41 PM

How would certain events be told if viewed through a distorted lens? Social media users give examples amid the outrage over the Official Gazette s Facebook post about Ferdinand Marcos

Official Gazette under fire for Marcos photo caption

Sep 11, 2016 - 10:30 PM

3rd UPDATE The communication channel of the Philippine government is accused of rewriting history and downplaying the dark days of Martial Law under Ferdinand Marcos

Quiz: How well do you know Ortigas Center?

Jul 26, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Test your knowledge on one of Metro Manila’s most important commercial and business districts

'Imprints of history': PhilPost holds heroes stamps exhibits

Jun 12, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The two exhibits serve as a mini history lesson with stamps and photo walls celebrating defining moments of Philippine history

FILIPINO IDENTITY. The PhilPost Heroes Exhibit attracts young crowds in SM City Manila. Photo by Renzo Acosta/ Rappler

Review martial law in books? Include other presidents too – Briones

Jun 07, 2016 - 9:43 AM

As they say history is written by the victors and if we look at the Marcos period then we look at all the other periods says incoming Education Secretary Leonor Briones

Young and gone too soon: How martial law took our future

May 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Now more than ever the youth have the responsibility to be the leaders we lost in the dark years

WATCH: Young Filipinos shocked by martial law victims' stories

May 04, 2016 - 9:55 AM

They thought the martial law era was a time of prosperity and discipline but were shocked to hear of atrocities committed by the regime

US to return century-old bell taken from La Union church

May 02, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The return of the bell is facilitated by two US Navy veterans who are also working to return the Balangiga bell of Eastern Samar according to an American newspaper

COMING HOME. The bell that hung at a West Point chapel has been readied for its return to the Philippines. Photo from Stars and Stripes.

Worse than death: Torture methods during martial law

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM

During the Marcos regime San Juanico Bridge did not just refer to the longest bridge in the country It had a far more sinister meaning

QUIZ: Beyond Valentine’s Day, what’s to celebrate in February?

Feb 07, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Are you as familiar with the key and historical events that happened during the second month of the year?

Aquino dismayed over students' lack of knowledge in PH history

Sep 29, 2015 - 5:40 PM

The President learns of the viral post about a moviegoer asking why Apolinario Mabini remained seated in the film Heneral Luna

'MORE ABLED'. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during the 2015 Apolinario Mabini awarding ceremony at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Napansin n'yo ba si Joven Hernando sa 'Heneral Luna?'

Sep 27, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Baka hindi naman talaga sinasadya ng manunulat pero sa tingin ko ang karakter ni Joven ay kumakatawan sa bagong henerasyon

The problem with PH history education

Sep 26, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Why are our students weak in Philippine history and social studies in general?

Is it time to have another leader like Heneral Luna?

Sep 16, 2015 - 2:36 PM

General Antonio Luna gave up a life of comfort and complacency to fight for his country s freedom Are today s leaders like that too?