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How Peñafrancia devotees survived the Battle for Manila

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THE ORTIZ store in El Barato, Naga

Late in the afternoon of Feb. 3, 1945, advance elements of the US 1st Cavalry Division rolled into Japanese-defended Manila and liberated Malacañang Palace first and then Santo Tomas Internment Camp.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Did the Japanese plan to massacre the World War II internees?

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In her vivid account of the first day of Manila’s Liberation on Feb. 3, 1945, Conchita C. Razon (Inquirer, Feb. 3, 2013, page D2) writes: “There were rumors of plans to execute the internees.” How well-founded were these rumors?

Posted: March 3rd, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Yamashita’s guilt, Korean atrocity, other misconceptions about liberation of Manila

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Collapsed Executive House (Senate)

It is the month of February again, the month in 1945 when the Japanese chose to turn our fair city into a battleground and killing ground, as Ambassador Juan José Rocha has said, leading to the death of some 100,000 noncombatant civilians, the destruction of irreparable heritage, and the near-obliteration of public utilities.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Blood, fire and ruin remembered

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Today is Friday, Feb. 3, 2012—a Day of Remembrance. Flashback to Feb. 3, 1945—a day that brings to mind the stark events of a war that begs not to be forgotten.

Posted: February 5th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Homecoming for World War II guerrilla’s descendants

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Chair Maria Serena Diokno of the National Historical Commission received last Jan. 6 the descendants of a man who, although of neutral nationality, freely chose to take part in the Philippine fight for freedom against the occupying Japanese.

Posted: January 9th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Casa Roces should have been ‘Casa Filomena’

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An article by Irene C. Perez on the newly opened restaurant Casa Roces (“Roces clan opens ancestral home for dining,” PDI July 14) is replete with details about the décor and the menu, but also contains some information that must be clarified. It is not an “ancestral home”, having been built in the late 1940′s [...]

Posted: July 25th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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