Category Archives: History

History and historical milestones are life-changing stories that glorify creation. Their key proponents are given the spotlight they deserve. They are glimpses of the past that are given fresh light from the vantage point of collective individual and collective experiences, reframed in relation to the present and, where provoked, provide rational basis for seeing the future.

History and historical milestones celebrate man and nature’s capacity to adapt to the call of the times. This is a vast and limitless subject, almost like every morning and sunset that people see, feel, and experience everyday.

But in no way history is to be taken as a trivial discipline, like any collection of facts that is designed to support an advocacy.’s long-term agenda is to promote a continuous process of ensuring historical integrity. This requires scholarship, and hunting the means for its achievement shall be a life-long mission.

For that purpose solicits support from readers. Funds are needed to carry out researches on historical narratives that have been found deficient, and seek to propose their corresponding correction.

Those who are interested to join in this quest may email us at with subject line: “support for research”.



From Magellan to Hinatuan: How mining keeps Eastern Samar deeply wounded

From Magellan to Hinatuan: How mining keeps Eastern Samar deeply wounded was also published by The Manila Times on 3 and 10 May 2023. Five hundred years ago, on 16 March 1521, Ferdinand Magellan landed on the shores of Homonhon Island in what is now part of the municipality of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Philippines, after… Read More »

The poor to the rescue, again?

(Published by The Manila Times on 6 May 2020) THE presidential adviser on entrepreneurship, Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd, whipped up a social media fuss a few days ago. On April 29, 2020, in an online discussion dubbed “We Rise as One,” organized by the Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines, where he was one of… Read More »

A January to Remember

“WE want [the] President to continue with martial law. We want him to exercise his powers with more authority. We want him to be strong and firm so that he can accomplish all his reform programs and establish normalcy in the country. If all other measures fail, we want [him] to declare a revolutionary government… Read More »

Balangiga and the IDPs in My Mind

From mid-2003 to sometime in 2006, I was part of a team that facilitated community meetings in Balangiga, Eastern Samar. Ours was one of several teams working in poor municipalities selected by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its KALAHI CIDSS Project. The project applies community participation processes to the planning, implementation,… Read More »

The Way of the Dragon

China invading the Philippines? That’s old news. A long, long time ago, even before the Europeans reached our shores, the Chinese were already making fortunes from barter trade with the natives. These “chinky-eyed” invaders—no need to disclose anything: I am chinky-eyed too—adapted to places wherever their journeys brought them. They assumed local-sounding names, especially for… Read More »

Senator Jose Dira Avelino

The name of Jose Avelino is mentioned—almost invariably—with contempt. That is because he is largely remembered for this quote: “What are we in power for?” He came down in history books as the guy whose candor exposed the creepy nature of what he and his kind do for a living, which is quite apart from… Read More »