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Balangiga Bells On Their Way Home

After more than a century, the church bells taken by the US Army from Balangiga, Eastern Samar in 1901 will be returned to the Philippines. Many are excited about the bells’ return. Philippine President Duterte said, “It ain’t here until it’s here.” Continue reading

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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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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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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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“Filipinx X-plore History” Workshops to Begin September 8, 2016

The Bayanihan Foundation and the Committee on Pilipino Issues (CPI) launch “Filipinx X-Plore Our History Workshops” this Fall 2016. The workshops are geared for young Filipino Americans to access Filipino culture, history and to prepare for NEXTGEN Pagbabalik (Coming Home) 2017 Travel to the Philippines. Continue reading

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Rescue in the Philippines

“Rescue in the Philippines” film tells the forgotten story of how Philippine President Quezon and his famous poker buddies saved 1, 200 Jews escaped the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines during World War II. In 2016, the circle of life and giving continues as thousands of Filipino caregivers work in Israel providing healthcare and assisting thousands of Jewish elderly. Continue reading

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