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EDSA The Original People Power Revolution
Powerful day-by-day chronicle of the downfall of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, by Angela Stuart-Santiago.
History of the Philippines
Two narratives from Canada covering the beginnings of the archipelago all the way to the present, from Frasier Weir and from Daniel Young. Also, an account of the 85-year-long Dagohoy revolt in Bohol, by Alan Cajes.
Agrarian Reforms in the Philippines
United Nations research paper on land reform programs from 1900 through the present CARP (Comprehensive Agricultural Reform Program). [PDF]
Describes the origins and history of the Alibata writing system. By Victor Ganata, University of California Berkeley, 1999.
An American in the Philippines
The online archival collection of George Percival Scriven, witness to the occupation of Bohol during the Philippine-American war, 1899 - 1901. From the Duke University special collections library.
Andres Bonifacio: A Self-taught Revolutionary
Biography of the unschooled leader of the 1896 revolution who taught himself the ideals of 19th century liberalism and nationalist independence.
Andres Bonifacio: Father of Philippine Revolution
On the early morning of May 10, 1897, General Lazaro Makapagal executed Andres Bonifacio, the father of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, and his brother Procopio in Mt. Nagpatong, Maragondon, Cavite, on orders by General Mariano Noriel, Emilio Aguinaldo's adjutant.
Articles on culture, history, the Rizal-Blumentritt friendship, Austrian-Philippine relations, and picturesque old Philippines.
Chabacano, Philippine-style Spanish
The development of Creole Spanish from its beginning on June 23, 1635, and the current state of the Spanish language in the Philippines.
Clark Air Base 1959-1960 Memories
Stories of a young man growing up on an airbase near Manila in the Philippines. Includes the first and only World Boy Scout Jamboree to be held in the Philippines. By Terry Ballard.
A Conflict That Won’t Go Away
Overview of the Moro conflict in the southern Philippines beginning with the battle of Bud Bagsak on March 9, 1906, in the early years of American occupation of the country. By Madge Kho, formerly of Jolo, now living in Boston.
Constitutions and History
The complete, unabridged national constitutions from 1899 to 1987 and other resources on Philippine history.
Gives a comparison of EDSA I and II, pictures, timeline, and links.
Evolution Of Filipino as a National Language
Three articles tracing the evolution of the language from pre-history through successive infusion of foreign words.
Filipino Folktales
Legends and old-time stories told through the ages.
Fillipinos in America
Highly personalized articles about Filipinos who migrated to America, by Nestor P. Enriquez
First Declaration of Philippine Independence
The declaration in the town of Cavite-Viejo, Province of Cavite, on the 12th day of June 1898 by ‘Engregious Dictator Don Emilio Aguinaldo.’ On the MSC Centennial Site. Translated by Sulpicio Guevara.
The Former Philippines Thru Foreign Eyes, by Fedor Jagor, et al
The complete text of out-of-print 1870 description of the then Spanish colony of the Philippines. An exceptional travelogue by a Prussian (Germany) naturalist, including the customs and appearance of the inhabitants at that time.
The Former Subic Bay Naval Base
Photos, history, memorabilia, message boards.
Friars' History of the Philippines
Spanish account of the colonization of the islands from 1521 through 1574.
Herman Knight Beaber
Biography of an American missionary who continued his work after imprisonment by the Japanese during World War II.
The History Of Aurora
In 1572, the Spanish explorer Juan de Salcedo became the first European to visit Casiguran, Baler and Infanta in the region that would be known as Aurora, Philippines.
Hukbalahap Insurrection
An American account and analysis of the peasant revolt which nearly toppled the government in 1948-1950.
Humabon, Defender of Cebu
Rajah Humabon massacred the men of Ferdinand Magellan after the battle of Mactan and other historical scenes re-created by Manuel Panares in his paintings of Cebu's past.
Japan attacks the Philippines, 1941-42
The early part of World War II in the Philippines, including the fall of Bataan and Corregidor, and the Bataan Death March. By James Bowen.
Jewels of Imelda Marcos
Photos and brief history of jewelry that supposedly belonged to the former First Lady.
Jose Rizal
Information about the national hero of the Philippines, Jose Rizal. Includes an article on the rumored relationship with a former Nazi dictator.
Jose Rizal's Retraction, Or Not
Did the national hero renounce all his writings against the friars, or not? Details of the multiple copies, doubtful document sources and vague testimonies sustain the long and still ongoing debate.
Justification of Spanish Rule
1582 council of Jesuit, Augustinian and Dominican friars convened by the first bishop of Manila to debate Spain's right to conquer the Philippines.
Documents and studies on the patriotic secret society that launched the 1896 revolution against Spanish rule in the Philippines.
History of the ancient town whose 1,600 inhabitants were converted to Christianity in 1578 by the noted Spanish friar-author, Juan de Plasencia. By Sol Jose Vanzi.
Mabini: A Century After His Passing
Detailed biography of the great hero who originally refused to support the revolution but changed his mind when Jose Rizal was executed. By Alexander Martin. On the website.
Mabini: Wounded Hero
Apolinario Mabini, one of the foremost of the Philippine revolutionary heros, was the “brains” of the revolution. His last years were his most painful. A biography from the Austrian-Philippine WebSite by Dr. Robert L. Yoder, FAPC.
Macario Sakay, Tulisan or Patriot?
Long after the last of Gen. Aguinaldo's men surrendered to the Americans, independent armies continued their fight for independence. One of these was led by Macario Sakay. From Hector Santos' Philippine Centennial Series.
MacArthur’s Fight in the Philippines
Gen Douglas MacArthur’s battle against the invading Japanese. First-person accounts by the few men who were there at the time. From the Public Broadcasting System's American Experience series.
Massacre at Bud Dajo
On March 7, 1906, US troops under the command of Major General Leonard Wood massacred as many as 1,000 Filipino Muslims, known as Moros, who were taking refuge at Bud Dajo, a volcanic crater on the island of Jolo in the Philippines. From The Boston Globe website.
Migration to the USA
Race riots, discrimination, and other events experienced by Filipinos in the United States. Also, articles on the 1896 revolution and the 1899 Philippine-American War.
Nueva Vizcaya Became Filipino
From prehistory to their assimilation into the Republic, the story of the tribal peoples of northern Luzon, by Micheal Predmore, a former Peace Corp volunteer, 1983-1987
The Philippine Centennial Site
GOMBURZA, the Tausug Resistance and other narratives published to celebrate the 1998 centennial anniversary, by MSC Communications.
Philippine History Outline
From the early history of Negrito migration 30,000 years ago to the firing of Joseph Estrada by the supreme court, and the election of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as president. From the De La Salle University website.
Philippine History Site
Narratives include the Revolution of 1896, the Philippine-American War and Filipino migration to the U.S. From the University of Hawaii website co-sponsored by the Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii, and the Operation Manong (UH Office of Multicultural Student Services).
A Philippine Leaf
Literacy and writing among prehistoric Filipinos, by Hector Santos, known historian and expert on ancient writing.
Philippines - A Conflicted Land
Rebellions, wars and insurgencies in the Philippines since 1898. Expanded timeline from the noted PBS Frontline series.
Religion in the Philippines
The pre-Hispanic belief system of Filipinos consisted of a pantheon of gods, spirits, creatures, and men that guarded the streams, fields, trees, mountains, forests, and houses. By Jack Miller.
The Religions of the Philippines
Impact of the introduction of alien religions on pre-historic animism and ancestor worship, and the interplay of homegrown and foreign religions to the present day. By Jack Miller.
Rizal: His Life And Labors, by Austin Craig
A very detailed biography of the national hero, especially of his childhood years, including his first confrontation of death. Written by the Asst professor of Oriental History in the University of the Philippines in 1913.
Articles on pre-Hispanic times, ancient baybayin writing, and language. Also with free fonts and celebrity pictures.
Sitting In Darkness
Rise of anti-imperialism in the United States in 1901, led by well-known author Mark Twain, in reaction to the conquest of the Philippines.
Spaniards' First 50 Years in the Philippines
Source documents of the early years of Spanish colonization. Also, documents on the church-state stormy relationship during the Spanish era.
The Thomasites, Before and After
Diatribe against the displacement of Spanish as lingua franca of the islands by the Thomasite teachers from the United States in the beginning of the 20th century. By Guillermo Gomez Rivera.
Through the Centuries
Timeline and account of the Philippines from 30,000 BC to Abu Sayyaf in 2002, by Gunter Schwarz and Rosalinda Morgado-Schwarz.
Tribute to Ninoy Aquino
Includes rare photos, poems, and articles.
Waray History
Leyte and Samar were natural harbors for ancient seafarers, including Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, Ruy Lopez de Villalobos in 1583 and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1564. From Seasite, Northern Illinois University.

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