April 9: Bataan and bravery
by Todd Sales Lucero - April 10, 2024 - 12:00am
The celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor officially started in June of 1987, when President Corazon C. Aquino signed a law that revised the dates of official Philippine holidays and April 9 being designated...
Child mortality in Philippine history
by Todd Sales Lucero - March 27, 2024 - 12:00am
Last Friday, two children were found dead inside a vehicle in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Laughter and long memories from Down Under
by Todd Sales Lucero - March 13, 2024 - 12:00am
President Marcos was recently in Australia for a state visit and found himself in a controversial and embarrassing situation.
Carlos P. Romulo and the right side of history
by Todd Sales Lucero - March 6, 2024 - 12:00am
On March 8 in 1949, the first government of the State of Israel was established, where the Mapai, the Jewish United Religious Front, the liberal Progressive Party, the Sephardim and Oriental Communities, and the...
The Titanic and our tiyo’s tall tales
by Todd Sales Lucero - February 28, 2024 - 12:00am
In February of 1912, the painting of the Titanic neared completion.
Monuments, memorials, and memories
by Todd Sales Lucero - February 21, 2024 - 12:00am
This week, on February 23, 1918, Act No. 2760 was passed by the Philippine Legislature, aimed at building a national monument for Andres Bonifacio.
Love and other things
by Todd Sales Lucero - February 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Valentine's Day in the Philippines has always been big.
Rumors, past and present
by Todd Sales Lucero - February 7, 2024 - 12:00am
Former president Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently publicly “confirmed” the rumor that has been floating that our current chief executive is a cocaine addict.
The Little Prince in Philippine history
by Todd Sales Lucero - January 31, 2024 - 12:00am
On Saturday, I caught "Prinsipe Bahaghari", the Filipino adaptation of the beloved French classic “The Little Prince” in Manila. Bahaghari premiered in November 2023, written by playwright Vladimeir Gonzales...
Baron Overbeck: Sulu’s white “datu bendahara”
by Todd Sales Lucero - January 24, 2024 - 12:00am
This week on January 22, 1878, Baron Gustav von Overbeck was conferred the title of datu bendahara by the sultan of Sulu.
History, records, and remembrance
by Todd Sales Lucero - January 17, 2024 - 12:00am
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization under the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that provides free access to historical records like birth, marriage, and death certificates to people all around the...
History’s judgment and memory
by Todd Sales Lucero - January 10, 2024 - 12:00am
During college, several of my political science professors always reminded us of two important things.
New year and Filipino names
by Todd Sales Lucero - January 3, 2024 - 12:00am
The new year brings a sense of new beginnings and hopes for a better and brighter future.
A kosher lunch at Beit Yaacov Synagogue
by Todd Sales Lucero - December 20, 2023 - 12:00am
I was in Manila on 15th December to meet Lee, Operation Benjamin's country manager, and discuss my planned book on the history of Jews in the Philippines and Filipino families of Jewish heritage.
Camilo de Polavieja: Rizal’s executioner
by Todd Sales Lucero - December 13, 2023 - 12:00am
Today, December 13th, in 1896, Camilo García de Polavieja y del Castillo Negrete became the 113th governor-general of the Philippines.
The Leyte Roots of the VP and speaker
by Todd Sales Lucero - December 6, 2023 - 12:00am
I was recently reminded of the 2013 earthquake and typhoon that hit Visayas because Mindanao has been rocked by earthquakes in the past few weeks, and thoughts of Yolanda also recalled the ongoing issue between Vice...
The Philippines as sanctuary and refuge
by Todd Sales Lucero - November 29, 2023 - 12:00am
Today in 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution number 181 (II) aimed to constitute and instruct a special committee to prepare for the consideration of the question of the future government of Palestine....
Cebu before and after Claveria
by Todd Sales Lucero - November 22, 2023 - 12:00am
A continuing interest and confusion of Filipinos about their surname origin is due to the fact that no one has bothered to dig deeper into the implementation of the Claveria decree.
Ten things to know about the Catalogo
by Todd Sales Lucero - November 15, 2023 - 12:00am
For some historians, the 1849 Claveria surname decree created nothing but confusion for Filipinos.
Palestine: Genealogy and etymology
by Todd Sales Lucero - November 8, 2023 - 12:00am
While not his only accomplishment as governor-general of the Philippines, Narciso Claveria’s 1849 surname decree remains his lasting contribution to the Filipinos today.
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