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    Heritage Month and the Philippine Cultural Heritage Mapping Project

    And just like that, the month of May has arrived. While there is Labor Day, the Maytime festivals, and summer that this month is known for, not many people know that May is also the month for Philippine Heritage as the country celebrates National Heritage Month at this time of the year. First decreed to be celebrated by Presidential Proclamation No, 439 on August 11, 2003, the celebration of the National Heritage Month aims to raise awareness on the country’s heritage and instill a sense of pride, respect, and appreciation for our heritage. With these values instilled in our people, it is hoped that through this celebration, there will be…

  • The Guide

    A US President In Manila

    As the Philippines’ capital and seat of government, Manila has seen various heads of state and government who have come here for state or working visits in the country. However, for many Filipinos, there is no greater impact of such visits than that of the President of the United States. Then again, that should come as no surprise given the United States’ position today as  a global superpower and more importantly, the historical ties that existed ever since the Philippines first became an American colony in 1898. Thus, the high level of anticipation being seen at this time for the upcoming state visit of US President Barack Obama on April 28. It…

  • random writings

    Internet in the Philippines: 20 Years Online

    This is somewhat of an off-topic entry, but today is a momentous occasion, not only for me but for all of us who are reading this or some other website, connecting to people via email or social media, posting or reacting to memes and other viral messages or posts, streaming or uploading online media, among many, many others we have been doing in cyberspace for the past 20 years. It should be, because on this day 20 years ago, the Philippines went online, making that historic entry in the young but growing Internet landscape thanks to the efforts of the Philnet project, which was a collaboration of the Department of Science…

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