Of Cocks and Men

Of Cocks and Men

Cockfighting as a phallic analogy.

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How Filipinos Got Their Surnames

How Filipinos Got Their Surnames

Had Spanish Governor General Narciso Claveria never bothered with systematizing tribute collection, Filipinos would have very interesting surnames today.

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‘The Month of December, 1872’ Dr. José Rizal’s Rough Draft

‘The Month of December, 1872’ Dr. José Rizal’s Rough Draft

A very young Jose Rizal was already adept at writing subversive satire.

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What If Magellan Had Survived Mactan?

What If Magellan Had Survived Mactan?

Filipinos would’ve been called Magallanes instead, and other likelihoods.

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Magellan’s Interpreter, Enrique, Was the First to Circumnavigate the World

Magellan’s Interpreter, Enrique, Was the First to Circumnavigate the World

Why Enrique, the Malay slave, was the first human to go around the world.

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The Holy Child Was Born, Now Let’s Eat

The Holy Child Was Born, Now Let’s Eat

Christmas Eve is the most scrumptious time of the year.

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Gemelli Carreri, An Italian in Manila, 1696

Gemelli Carreri, An Italian in Manila, 1696

A 17th century traveler visits Manila and records his observations in a bestseller.

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Rizal's "Kiss"

Rizal's "Kiss"

So, who really wrote this satire on the difficulty of kissing a Filipino woman – Rizal or Antonio Luna?

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Circumcision: Writhe of Passage

Circumcision: Writhe of Passage

A rite of passage that generations of Filipino men had to endure

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Andres Bonifacio, the Other National Hero

Andres Bonifacio, the Other National Hero

Why some people think the Leader of the Revolution got the short end of the stick.

   

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