Containing COVID-19

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT  (Part 2 of a series) By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party As President, I will devote my whole six-year term to provide a much more effective, efficient, decisive and widely focused national leadership with the primary objective of transforming the Filipino nation into a fair, just, equitable … More Containing COVID-19

Protection of Philippine Rights on the West Philippine Sea

IF I WERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT… By BEN R. PUNONGBAYAN Founder, Buklod National Political Party (First of a series) As President, I will devote my whole six-year term to transform Philippine governance and Philippine society into an inclusive, fair and shared economy. The centerpiece and overarching program of that transformation will be the substantial reduction, if … More Protection of Philippine Rights on the West Philippine Sea

If I were the next President, what would you do with the West Philippine Sea?

Photo Credit: Wikimedia.org. The Chinese on the West Philippine Sea is a very hot topic in the Philippines right now. With the election coming in 2022, President Duterte is under pressure to defend his stand on China’s ignoring the 2016 Arbitral victory of the Philippines. In Philippine law, the West Philippine Sea refers only to … More If I were the next President, what would you do with the West Philippine Sea?

Iloilo – The Heart of the Philippines

Iloilo City, the capital of Iloilo province, is on the southeast coast of Panay, the Ilonggos or Hiligaynons’ homeland. Iloilo City is on the Iloilo River’s wide mouth, which juts out into the Guimaras Strait. The offshore Guimaras Island shelters it. Iloilo is one of the country’s loveliest Spanish colonial settlements. Iloilo City is a … More Iloilo – The Heart of the Philippines

Batangas’ Ancient History

  Because of their geographical position between southern China and Melanesia, the Philippines have marked importance for many aspects of Oceanic prehistory. By Southeast Asian standards, they are fairly well-studied archaeologically, and this situation is partly due to a half-century of research carried out by Henry Otley Beyer (1883-1966), an American archaeologist. Beyer showed in … More Batangas’ Ancient History

February 22-25, 1986, The People Power Revolution

  This weekend marked the 34th anniversary of the People Power Revolution, also known as the EDSA Revolution which was a series of popular demonstrations in the Philippines, mostly in Metro Manila, from Feb. 22-25, 1986. EDSA or Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, is the giant ring road encircling Metro Manila where majority of the … More February 22-25, 1986, The People Power Revolution

Cockfighting – An Ancient Sport in the Philippines

Like England’s foxhunts, and Spain’s bullfights, cockfighting is a blood-sport between two cocks held in a ring called a cockpit. Crowds of people watch the fights, in an enclosed cockpit or an open makeshift one. The pits look like miniature stadiums. Rural game pits usually consist of a wooden structure with a tin roof to … More Cockfighting – An Ancient Sport in the Philippines

The Sinking of San Diego on Dec. 14, 1600 and the Discovery of its Wreck

The San Diego was formerly known as San Antonio, a trading ship built in Cebu under the supervision of European boat-builders. It was docked at the port of Cavite to undergo reconditioning and repair but at the end of October 1600, Don Antonio de Morga, Vice-Governor General of the Philippines, ordered it converted into a … More The Sinking of San Diego on Dec. 14, 1600 and the Discovery of its Wreck