Category Archives: history

It’s About Time: FilAm Leaders Urge The Return of Bells of Balangiga


US Secretary of Defense recently notified US Congress of their plans to return the Bells of Balangiga back to Samar after 110 years. The bells are often seen as a divisive symbol of the Philippine-American War. Filipino Americans should contact their Congressional Representatives and hasten the return of the bells. Continue reading

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It’s The Right Thing To Do: US Should Return the Bells of Balangiga


On June 12, the Philippines celebrates its independence from Spain and the US. Part of that fight for independence was the massacre in Balangiga, Samar. In 1901, the US Army murdered every male over the age of 10 years in town of Balangiga and took the church bells with them to Wyoming. It’s about time the US return the bells to Samar. The US should not keep them as war booty. Continue reading

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Forgotten history Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Will history repeat itself?


The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 is an almost forgotten piece of US legislation but it forms the basis of the US ambivalence towards immigration. It excluded the Chinese but later on also excluded Filipinos and Asian immigrants altogether. With President Trump’s increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric, will history repeat itself? Continue reading

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History Matters: Four Things I Learned About the Philippine Revolution


History Matters: Four Things I Learned About the Philippine Revolution – it is complex with multiple characters and a complicated plot played along with various, competing interests. Like the Philippine fruit, Balimbing, it has more than one side to its complicated story. Continue reading

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History Matters: Magellan Didn’t ‘Discover’ the Philippines After All


Were precolonial Filipinos ‘primitive’ before the Ferdinand Magellan ‘discovered’ the islands in 1521? Were Filipino tribes consist of ‘savages in loin cloths’ when the Americans came in 1898? History matters. It’s time to change the narrative and that the islands had a rich culture even before the colonizers came. Continue reading

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Philippine American War: Connecting History To The Present


CPI and Bayanihan Foundation explores the Philippine American War, connecting history to the present on Oct 20, 2016 6 PM at DePaul University Chicago. NPR explains that the Philippine President’s mistrust of the US is rooted in the atrocities of the Philippine American War. Continue reading

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Philippine History: How The Past is Connected to the Present


Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI) and Bayanihan Foundation present “Filipinx X-Plore Our History Workshops” exploring Philippine history that is situated in the past yet connected to the challenges of the present Continue reading

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