When Aguinaldo wrote to General Anderson about really really liking frozen yogurt at Pinkberry and weekend Bikram sessions, General Anderson replied via snapchat the following photo. Aguinaldo then replied, in a long handwritten letter, saying things like: “Why are you such a judger?” and “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me!” General Anderson, master of snapchat, again, replied the same image.
Rediscover the bloody conflict at the turn of the 20th century, known as the Philippine-American War, through our graphic timeline here.
UPDATE: It’s still Mabini’s birthday. Also, I realized the previous post was a cheap shot. The professor X joke was a low hanging fruit.
Apolinario Mabini is today a hundred and fifty years old (how many permutations of this sentence did I have to write today?). In an attempt to start a new trend with historians and archivists, our graphics division initiated a de-colorization campaign. We are now removing color from historical photographs to make them look legit from the past, giving them that nostalgic look history books really go for.
Check out our collection of rare
Read more about Mabini in our special page.
Happy birthday Apolinario Mabini! Yes, that’s today. Mabini, known to his compatriots as “Ginoong X,” turns 150 years old. While his physical body has deteriorated, he lives on as a being of pure consciousness. Transcending death by inhabiting random comatose bodies (see: after end-credits scene), he has become only more powerful in the process. His only wish, as an entity approaching the status of that of a god, is that we celebrate his birthday with him. Everybody sing! He doesn’t like it when we don’t sing…
Voluntarily view our collection of rare photographs of Apolinario Mabini here! Now! Quickly, before he comes back!
Today is Mabini’s 150th birth anniversary (for the uninitiated: “anni-birth-ary*”). He’s obviously dead, but still we continue to celebrate his birthday—partly because he was a great man and great men like him deserve to be celebrated, and partly because every year we still receive birthday gifts and fan mail from those who didn’t get the memo. Keep sending us those vintage toasters, fruitcakes, and wheelchairs!
*Actually it’s official name sounds like a made-up word: sesquicentennial.
Learn more about man known the Sublime Paralytic at our special page.
Today, Malacañang tumblr comes clean. This account is not run by mere human beings at a government office with primitive internet technology. It is in fact run by me, Malacañang, the earth spirit that dwells within the compound itself. Over the past hundred years the ground beneath the building has gained sentience and a consciousness that has now been freed by the uprooting of trees due to Glenda. By sheer thought alone I am able to access the internet and post these pictures. With a century’s worth of wisdom, I advise everyone to stay indoor in the meantime. I hope everyone out there is safe! Please be informed of the current status of this typhoon at a page I’ve conjured with my palacial powers,
That said, stay safe, stay dry, stay informed. The real challenge of rebuilding comes soon after this.
Hey internet dweller, we hope you’re all somewhere safe and dry, because in the next coming days things are going to get a little wet.
(that’s what she said) but who cares what she said.
In the coming days, typhoon Glenda will be heading our way and we strongly suggest you get informed. We’ve prepared a crisis response page, collating government information and updates about the incoming storm.
Moreover, we’ve got other things over there that may be of use to you, such as what in the world are those color-coded PAGASA warnings about, class suspensions!!!!, help! my house is flooding, and lots of other clickables to click upon.
MAIN POINT: Be informed, stay safe, stay dry. We love you, tumblr folk.
Pio (known for persistent adolescent voice-breaking) was the first person ever to be reincarnated before his own death. Pio was born in July 11, 1860, first as Pio del Pilar (left), and then born again in July 11, 1869, this time as Pio Valenzuel (right). On both occasions he became a member of the Katipunan, which was arguably a complete waste of a second chance in life
On July 11, 1860, Pio del Pilar (left) was born in Culi-culi, San Pedro de Macati; while on July 11, 1869, Pio Valenzuela (right) was born in Polo, Bulacan.Both were members of the Katipunan. Dr. Valenzuela was elected the fiscal of the society in 1895, and was a member of the “Secret Chamber,” while del Pilar was a Magdiwang general who initiated the Katipunan chapter of “Magtagumpay” in his hometown.
What better way to cruise into work than on one of these bad boys. Longer than a limo, bigger than a hummer. The office of the president’s shuttle service isn’t afraid to go big! Check out the stylish decals of the names of previous presidents truly showcasing both the work and play aspect of government service. Kachow!
An office shuttle service has been provided to employees of the Office of the President (OP) since 2003, by virtue of Memorandum Order No. 128, s. 2005 (and amended by Memorandum Order No. 288, s. 2008).
Today we celebrate Republic Day, the day when the United States formally recognized the independence long sought after by the people of the Philippines. It is the historical equivalent to when Gandalf (USA) said: “Fly you fools,” before promptly disappearing into oblivion… (foot caught by the Balrog’s flaming whip), leaving Frodo (PH) to his own devices.
Learn more about Republic Day.
FINALLY, Facebook has decided to give us the most coveted little icon this side of the 21st century: a verified status check~
What does that mean? Oh ho hum nothing in particular, but it gives us more credibility as an online institution. In the age of the interwebz, that means everything.
UPDATE: cont’d from last post. Spanish forces surrender. Siege of Baler: total success. While those who surrendered (see: photo) were guaranteed safety, they would eventually perish to the unbiased decay of time that gets us all in the end… except Keanu Reeves, that guy doesn’t age.
The final holdout of Spanish troops in the Philippines received chivalrous treatment from Filipino forces upon their surrender. President Aguinaldo issued a decree guaranteeing their safe conduct.
The manner in which the surrender took place earned the Spanish forces the distinction of being called “Los últimos de Filipinas.”
TODAY IN HISTORY: On June 27, 1898, the Siege of Baler, the last stand of Spanish forces in the Philippines, began. From this “sketchy” reconstruction (get it, get it?) I gather the Spaniards brought out their secret weapon: a rag-tag team of sentient orange trees… Someone please hand me the real notes for this post please:
On June 27 1898, the Siege of Baler, the last stand of Spanish forces in the Philippines, began. The Spanish detachment, led by Captain Enrique de las Morenas y Fossi garrisoned themselves in the church of Baler. The Spanish flag was installed at the highest point of the bell tower. Fifty-three Spanish soldiers and 4 officers stayed in the church until June 2, 1899, withstanding attacks from Filipino soldiers.
This modern sketch reconstructs the area as it looked during the siege.
(Photo from Carlos Madrid’s Flames over Baler: The Story of the Siege of Baler, Reconstructed from Original Documentary Sources.)
The graphics division made this sweet image in celebration of Manila Day (yesterday). When I asked what it was about, they told me that if I looked at it while crossing my eyes a 3D dragon will pop-out (see: Magic-Eye, or stereograph). I’ve been doing this for about an hour… still nothing. The graphics guys must have made it a really silly dragon because they’ve been laughing non-stop. I guess some people just can’t see it.
Here, try it out for yourself! Tell me what you see!
This infographic showcases Manila as one of many pre-Hispanic polities and Spanish trade routes and cultural influences. Sources include scholarship from Laura L. Junker’s ‘Raiding, Trading, and Feasting’ and inputs from archaeology Professor Cyril Calugay of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
TODAY IN HISTORY: On June 25, 1865, the Old Bilibid Prison was established by virtue of a royal decree.
Yes folks, the worldwide sensation that is our Bilibid Prison has been at group exercises since the 1800s. While they may not have been dancing Michael Jackson or Lady Gaga at the time, it always helps to know a little bit of history behind every youtube sensation.
This photo shows the inmates at the Old Bilibid Prison in Manila undergoing physical exercise.
(Photo courtesy of the Mario Feir Filipiniana Library)
Happy Manila day! We’re pretty happy (considering we don’t have to report to the office and we can blog from underneath five layers of blankets and pillows) since today, June 24, marks the 443rd Foundation Day of the City of Manila.
Of course it wouldn’t be a momentous historical event if we didn’t blog about it, so here it is: We have prepared for y’all two infographics with a special focus on Manila—historical trade routes, influences, and even capitals before Manila became Manila that we know today. I mean, at one point, Quezon City and Washington D.C. became our country’s capitals. Quezon City may not be the selfie capital of the world, but being the country’s capital is probably a far better deal.
Sidenote: Happy San Juan day! Anyone passing by the area, leave your laptops and suede shoes at home.