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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?

32 years after assassination: Knowing Ninoy

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Years from now Juan Miguel s son will notice the picture of his father and ask who is that face on the shirts he and his parents were wearing and why were his fingers formed like the letter L

Upgrading democracy in the Philippines

Jul 27, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Unless we do things differently there is no way for us to salvage our democracy

TIMELINE: Philippine laws and policies on refugees

Jun 20, 2015 - 10:42 AM

In the past the Philippines had taken in thousands of refugees from different parts of the world See how past laws and policies covered these refugees

Forgotten history? The polistas of the Galleon Trade

Jun 19, 2015 - 2:00 PM

More than just being a route to early economic and cultural exchanges the route also served as many indios’ path to death

Photo of Galleon Trade ships from Wikipedia

Japan emperor's WWII 'remorse' a prod to Abe – commentator

Jun 04, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Emperor Akihito s remark comes as Abe prepares a statement he is expected to deliver in August which is being closely watched for any sign of what critics say is backsliding on previous Japanese apologies

HEADS OF STATE. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III (L) is welcomed by Japan's Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) upon his arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, June 3, 2015. Franck Robichon/Pool/EPA

How revolutionary was the Philippine Revolution?

May 28, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Was the Philippine Revolution something like the liberal revolution in North America led by creole mestizo and indio elites aiming at unity and homogeneity ? What would it mean to consider this possibility?

An autonomous history of Muslim Mindanao beyond textbooks

May 23, 2015 - 6:03 PM

While a number of historians have tried to embed Muslim Mindanao into the story of the Philippine nation their success has been modest

Luna Mencias Street: 'Lolo to live on'

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:53 PM

This serves as a lesson for us that we need to tell and retell our history and pass on the great stories of those who came before us

WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines, says US billionaire

Mar 04, 2015 - 1:06 PM

UPDATED Excited historians likened the discovery if verified to finding the Titanic as they hailed the American billionaire for his high tech mission

FOUND. A photo posted on Twitter on March 2, 2015, by US billionaire Paul Allen shows the bow of the World War II battleship Musashi, located under the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines. Paul Allen/Twitter