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WWII in colour: Rare footage shows liberation of the Philippines

On December 8, 1941, nine hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor (the Philippines is on the Asian side of the international date line) the Japanese began their assault on the Philippines. The combined American-Filipino army was defeated in the Battle of Corregidor in April of the following year, but guerrilla resistance continued…



How many do you know? 17 amazing facts about the Philippines

1. The Philippines is the only country in the world that hangs its flag upside-down when at war. Blue at the top, all’s good. Red at the top… watch out! 2. The Philippines once missed New Year’s Eve (but perhaps not the hangover). In 1844 the Philippines went straight from December…



Human zoo: When Filipino headhunters were the talk of the town

Picture the scene: a group of men crouch around a campfire, roasting a freshly skinned dog, poking at the glowing embers with sticks. They are barefoot and naked except for loincloths, their backs and arms covered in tattoos celebrating the human heads they have hunted. This scene isn’t being played out in…