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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The day the Catholic Church almost died

The story of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, otherwise known as the Philippine Independent Church, also known as the Aglipayan church, is intertwined with the war of independence against Spain and the subsequent war of resistance against the United States of America.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

How the 1898 Treaty of Paris was railroaded

Is it not rather unusual that the United States had to pay $20 million to Spain in order to effect the annexation of the Philippine Islands?  If the spoils of war are the prerogative of the victor, as the saying goes, why pay? This article attempts to examine the motivations that led to the consummation of the Treaty of Paris in December 10, 1898.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

McKinley's imperialist policy

America was a latecomer in the age of imperialism when powerful nations of Europe looked down on tropical nations as objects of colonization. During this period, peoples of tropical regions were classified as lower races to be controlled by the supposedly higher races, or those people inhabiting the temperate regions. America entered this age with its more influential Wall Street decision makers embracing this imperialist idea and dictating on the course of American foreign policy.

Why Filipinos are not a patriotic people

It is truly amazing that Filipinos are not a patriotic people. Yet, a decade and a hundred years ago this country teemed with great heroes.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Who really started the Filipino-American war?

Generations of Filipinos have been taught that the bloody Philippine-American war broke out on the night of February 4, 1899 because a Filipino lieutenant and three of his men allegedly refused to heed the challenge to halt at the approach of the American post at the San Juan bridge in the outskirts of Manila and were fired upon and killed by the American sentry, Private Grayson.