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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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