Category Archives: Philippines

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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My Trip to the Philippines: The Power of Colorism and Colonial Mentality


Filipinos desire to be lighter skinned – just look at aisle upon aisle of “whitening lotions” in any local grocery store in the Philippines. Filipinos’ desires to be lighter-skinned are merely the results of 400+ years of Spanish and American colonialism. Continue reading

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Camillo Geaga: 2017 NEXTGEN Fellow, A Trip of A Lifetime


2017 NEXTGEN Fellow Camillo Geaga shares his thoughts about his trip to the Philippines and how it was a valuable and enriching experience of a lifetime. Continue reading

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Bayanihan in Review – You Make The Difference


Bayanihan Foundation is making impact – planting seeds of change, nurturing leadership. 100% of the foundation’s income comes from individual donors like you. 97% goes directly to programs. Donate online at http://www.fdnbayanihan.org 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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10 Famous Foods You’ll Love in the Philippines


Bayanihan Foundation NEXTGEN participants enjoyed the many food delights of the Philippine Islands. I shared my top 10 list of famous foods you’ll love in the Philippines. Continue reading

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