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Changing names

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Heritage is something we inherit from the past. The word is used rather often these days to refer to old buildings and structures that are being torn down to make way for new structures and developments. There is no argument about the importance of preserving heritage, but we need some kind of clear classification. This is the rationale for the declaration of sites and structures as “historical” by the National Historical Commission and “cultural” by the National Museum.

Posted: November 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Goulay, paxio, houlam in 1837

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Of the many traveler’s accounts of the Philippines in the 19th century, one that is full of detailed information is the two-volume Les Philippines by J. Mallat, published in Paris in 1846. While a translation from the original French is readily available from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, it is worth the trouble to visit a library with rare Filipiniana if only to see the hard-to-find illustrated “Atlas” that accompanied Mallat’s text depicting the different types of people in the Philippines and the costumes they wore.

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Love of country

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TODAY IS Bonifacio Day, and the National Historical Commission will officially launch activities leading to the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio in 2013, with President Aquino attending ceremonies at the Pinaglabanan Memorial in San Juan City and Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Caloocan shrine. There will be other commemorative activities in various Bonifacio […]

Posted: November 29th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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