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‘San Juanico Bridge,’ other tortures detailed

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DOZENS of names of men and women who fought the Marcos dictatorship are etched on the Bantayog ng mga Bayani memorial that was built for people who resisted one-man rule. Thousands of others who gave up their lives for the return of democracy remain nameless. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

In April 1977, martial law enforcers of dictator Ferdinand Marcos arrested Trinidad Herrera, an internationally known community leader from Manila’s Tondo district, and tortured her.

Posted: September 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Did you know? National Artist for Film Gerardo de Leon

National Artist for Film Gerardo “Gerry” de Leon was born on Sept. 12, 1913, in Sampaloc, Manila. An award-winning director, he was the first to receive the best director award from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (Famas) in 1952. He was later inducted into the Famas Hall of Fame for winning the best director award seven times. Among De Leon’s works that are now considered classics are “Daigdig ng Mga Api,” “Noli Me Tangere,” “El Filibusterismo” and “Sisa.” He died on July 25, 1981, and was conferred the National Artist Award in 1982. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: September 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Ninoy Aquino: A fallen grain on tarmac bears fruit

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THE FUNERAL THAT STUNNED THE WORLD The funeral of Sen. Ninoy Aquino Jr. was held on Aug. 31 10 days after his assassination on the tarmac of the Manila international airport. It took 11 hours for the procession to reach Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque from Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. Veteran photojournalist Joe Arazas provided the Inquirer with this unpublished black-and-white photo of the funeral march, which has been compared to that of India’s Mahatma Gandhi. Note his son Noynoy now President (in shades, at left). Arazas was then working for the state-run Philippine News Agency, which explains why the photo was never used.

Each year, we gather at the Philippine Consulate to celebrate two special events that are somehow connected or related to each other.

Posted: August 31st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Did you know: Melchora Aquino

Melchora Aquino, known as the Mother of the Philippine Revolution, was arrested and imprisoned in Bilibid by Spanish authorities on Aug. 29, 1896. While detained, she was subjected to interrogations but refused to give information about the Katipunan. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Did you know? President Ramon Magsaysay

Before becoming the seventh president of the Philippines, the late President Ramon Magsaysay first served as representative of the district of Zambales from 1946 to 1950 and defense secretary from 1950 to 1953.

Posted: August 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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