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Benevolent Assimilation Proclamation of 1898 – FULL TEXT

Benevolent Assimilation Proclamation* by United States President William McKinley   Executive Mansion, Washington December 21, 1898 The destruction of the Spanish fleet in the harbor of Manila by the United States naval squadron commanded by Rear-Admiral Dewey, followed by the reduction of the city and

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My interview with National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose

National Artist for literature Francisco Sionil Jose was born exactly 87 years ago to this day in Rosales, Pangasinan. I interviewed him two years ago, at the height of the controversy created by President Arroyo’s list of National Artist awardees for 2009. Dubbed as “The Old Man of

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November 30, 2011 national holiday pay rules

November 30, 2011 – another Philippine holiday! In less than three weeks, we’ll be celebrating Andres Bonifacio day – or specifically, the 148th birth anniversary of the Katipunan founder. Before I discuss the pay rules for that national holiday, let me give you some historical

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The Ten Largest Islands in the Philippines

The following are the ten largest islands in the Philippines (or in Filipino, ang “Sampung Pinakamalaking Pulo sa Pilipinas“). Figures were obtained from the Island Directory Tables (world islands by area) list in the United Nations Environment Program website. Hope this can be useful for

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A visit to the Victims of Martial Law Memorial Wall in Manila

Filipinos around the world marked the 39th anniversary of Martial Law yesterday, September 21. The date ironically coincides with the International Day of Peace. Indeed, a sense of eerie peace can be achieved by silencing (literally) noisy dissidents to one’s rule – which is what

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September 15 2012 Araw ng Kongreso ng Malolos holiday

Malolos City, Bulacan will be commemorating the 114th anniversary of the establishment of the Malolos Congress this September 15, 2012. The day, which this year falls on a Saturday, is a holiday in the said city as stipulated in the konAdministrative Code of Bulacan, which

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Muammar Gaddafi and Charice Pempengco to do a movie together? Yes!

Because of the astounding success of the recently concluded Cinemalaya 2011, a group of film enthusiasts calling themselves Association of Moviegoers (ASSMO) decided to stage another film fest just for this month of September. Thirteen films are participating in this event. Aside from the ten