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December 2014


The Angel of Bataan: A tribute to the life of Ann Agnes Bernatitus

Ann Agnes Bernatitus was born January 1912 in Exeter, Pennsylvania and joined the United States Navy in 1936. In 1940 Bernatitus was assigned to the Philippines where she admits: “I had no idea what the Philippines looked like.” Honoured with the Congressional Legion of Merit Medal, Bernatitus was the first…



Proposed bill to make adultery in the Philippines punishable by both genders

A bill has been filed in the Philippines House of Representatives proposing an amendment to the Revised Penal Code relating to adultery and concubinage – which is currently considered discriminatory towards woman. Under House Bill No. #5290, the bill is seeking equal application of the law pertaining to marital infidelity regardless…



So you marry a Filipina in another country: Does it count in the Philippines?

Many foreigners marry outside the Philippines, either in their homeland or in another country. Often upon returning to the Philippines, the marriage is questioned due to not being officially registered.  Here is the law of the land in the Philippines relating to unregistered marriage with a foreigner that happens outside the Philippines. Those…


On this day, December 18, 1944: Typhoon Cobra smashes the Philippines

Typhoon Cobra, also known as the Typhoon of 1944 or Halsey’s Typhoon (named after Admiral William ‘Bull’ Halsey), was the name of a tropical cyclone which struck the United States Pacific Fleet in December 1944 during World War II. Task Force 38 (TF 38) had been operating about 300 mi (260…



Vintage photograph of Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City

The Araneta Coliseum, often called “The Big Dome” is an indoor multi-purpose Sports Arena, located in Cubao area of Quezon City. It was at one time the largest coliseum and indoor facility in Asia. Officially opened on March 16, 1960, it held the largest dome in the world until 2014 when Singapore…