Pros and Cons chime in on HB No. 9850: An Act Integrating a Comprehensive Study of Philippine History during World War II into the Higher Education Curriculum

The House of Representatives unanimously approved with a 195-0 vote on third and final reading on September 7, 2021 House Bill No. 9850, a measure integrating a comprehensive study of Philippine history during World War II (WW2) into the Higher Education curriculum.

The World War II in the Philippines Education Act mandates the study of World War II in the Philippines, to cover 50% of the mandatory Philippine History subject being offered under the general education curriculum in higher education courses.… Continue reading... “Pros and Cons chime in on HB No. 9850: An Act Integrating a Comprehensive Study of Philippine History during World War II into the Higher Education Curriculum”

Ma. Teresa “Ghaye” R. Alegrio: Peers extol former PCCI and Oro Chamber Exec

Colleagues in the business, academic and civil society have lauded a former chief executive of the largest business organization in Region X, and Mindanao head of the country’s largest business organization after she succumbed to a lingering illness late Friday afternoon, October 1, 2021.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Area Vice President for Mindanao Ma.Continue reading... “Ma. Teresa “Ghaye” R. Alegrio: Peers extol former PCCI and Oro Chamber Exec”

This Day in World War II History: 77th Anniversary of Spyron Submarine Landing in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

During World War II, US Navy submarines helped supply Filipino and American guerrillas with arms, ammunition and supplies, also ferrying personnel in and out of the islands.

Known as the SPYRON (for Spy Squadron) Operation, it supported the Filipino and American Guerrillas resistance to the Japanese occupation after the Philippines fell to the Japanese Imperial Forces in early 1942.… Continue reading... “This Day in World War II History: 77th Anniversary of Spyron Submarine Landing in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental”

LOCAL HISTORY IS NATIONAL HISTORY and NATIONAL HISTORY SHOULD BE LOCAL HISTORY: Towards a New Perspective of Philippine General History

In the old high school curriculum before the K-12 curriculum, Social Studies for First Year High School was Philippine History and Government. One of the course topics was the difference between nation and state.

A co-teacher used to illustrate this difference by citing the case of Yugoslavia as a state composed of nations, commenting dramatically how it was possible to love your nation but hate your state.… Continue reading... “LOCAL HISTORY IS NATIONAL HISTORY and NATIONAL HISTORY SHOULD BE LOCAL HISTORY: Towards a New Perspective of Philippine General History”

Retail Chain ramps up to meet pandemic challenge

The coronavirus pandemic has literally shaken the foundations of human civilization, and the retail sector has been one of the hardest that has been hit, but retail players have flexed their creativity to turn threats imposed by the new normal into opportunities to further strengthen their resiliency.

In Mindanao, The Primer Group of Companies has had to face the challenges imposed by the pandemic on its retail and distribution of consumer brands and products, including popular international brands and lifestyle products, on top of operating its own lifestyle boutiques including R.O.X,… Continue reading... “Retail Chain ramps up to meet pandemic challenge”

Towards a New Narrative of Philippine General History

The Department of Education of the Philippine government prescribes a syllabus for a course on Philippine history in Philippine high schools that is probably the closest we get to an official history of the Philippines.

The narrative of this official history presents a thrice-repeated pattern of freedom lost and freedom regained.… Continue reading... “Towards a New Narrative of Philippine General History”

PH Tatler picks JF Soberano in Gen. T List 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jose Franco Soberano has been selected as one of the Top 40 Philippine Honorees and Leaders of Tomorrow on The Gen.T List 2021 by the Philippine Tatler.

Franco was awarded under the real estate and hospitality category for putting the community at the heart of real estate development.… Continue reading... “PH Tatler picks JF Soberano in Gen. T List 2021 Leaders of Tomorrow”

Field Marshal of the Philippine Commonwealth Army

September  17, 2021

Next year will be the 80th Anniversary of three seminal events in the Philippines’ history during World War II.

On March 13, 1942, General Douglas MacArthur, his family and general staff, disembarked from three PT Boats at Macabalan pier, Cagayan de Misamis, on the first leg of their successful Breakout from Imperial Japanese Navy blockade of Corregidor.… Continue reading... “Field Marshal of the Philippine Commonwealth Army”

The Battle of Manila: Myth and Fact, A Research Odyssey

Metrocdo.com presents for the first time ever online the complete and unabridged versions of two articles by Peter Parsons: The Battle of Manila: Myth and Fact, A Research Odyssey delivered on February 7, 2008 at the Ortigas WWII Library; and Memorare Meme, The Magic number: 100,000, a companion piece written and added to the main body of the surrounding work about ten years later.… Continue reading... “The Battle of Manila: Myth and Fact, A Research Odyssey”

Kagay-anon Cuisine 2021: A Taste Of Thailand In Macajalar Shores

Popular cuisine in the Philippines is heavily influenced by the vagaries of history more than geography; the colonized adopting the taste of the colonizers.

By fully embracing the tastes of Spain and the U.S.A as if they were beloved guests who have carved out their niche in our hearts and come to stay, Cagayan de Oro is living up to its hospitable reputation as the City of Golden Friendship.… Continue reading... “Kagay-anon Cuisine 2021: A Taste Of Thailand In Macajalar Shores”