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Monday, October 26, 2015

20 Classic Filipino Toys That Will Make You Super Nostalgic





20 Classic Filipino Toys That Will Make You Super Nostalgic

By  | 08/21/2015

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Kids (and adults) today are often too absorbed in playing digital games, so much so that we no longer know or remember how to play with traditional Filipino toys.
Unlike their virtual counterpart, the old-fashioned Filipino toys nurtured our creativity and built a sense of teamwork among our peers. Heck, you can even create your own toys by using what was already available around you. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention.
Although we now live in a high-tech world, it makes sense to find a perfect balance between allowing our kids to play with their gadgets and introducing them to the toys that have made Filipinos who they are. Here are a few unforgettable toys and games that will make every true Pinoy extremely nostalgic:

1. Tirador.

Tirador
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Slingshot is one of the oldest toys in the world, dating as far back as ancient times when it was used both as a weapon and hunting tool. It’s Pinoy version, called tirador, is an improvised toy made of a Y-shaped piece of hardwood (or branch of a tree) and rubber strips taken from the inner tube of a car wheel.
A leather pocket attached to the strips is pulled back in order to launch the projectile–usually a stone or a seed. Filipino kids use tirador either to get high-hanging fruits or hunt small animals such as birds.

2. Sungka Board.

Sungka
Source: dbgg1979 via Flickr
An indoor Filipino game, sungka is actually a member of the mancala (“count and capture”) family of board games, and has its counterpart in different Southeast Asian regions and countries as far as Madagascar.
A sungka board has seven cups for each of the two players–six cups will hold the cowrie shells (stones or fruit seeds can also be used), while the seventh cup will serve as the player’s home base. The goal is to distribute the shells in a counterclockwise fashion, with the player who gathers the most number of shells in his or her home base declared as the winner.
Although considered as a toy by many, the sungka board is also used by some Filipinos to foretell future events. According to an article published in the Indian Journal of History of Science, the sungka board in the Philippines “is occasionally used for popular divination, especially by elders enquiring on whether travel by youths is auspicious on a certain day, or by girls interested in finding out whether and when they will get married.”

3. Holen or Jolen

Holen or Jolen
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Another popular toy that traces its roots to ancient civilizations, the marbles come in different sizes and are usually made of glass with melted pigments. Known to Filipino kids as holen or jolen, these toys are played indoors or outdoors and encourage the players to get down and dirty.
Different variations of the game exist, the most popular of which require a player to flick a marble and hit a group of marble inside a circle. Those that went outside the circle automatically become part of the winning player’s collection.

4. Saranggola.

Saranggola
Photo Credit: Pauline Balba via Flickr
Saranggola, or kite in English, is another favorite outdoor toy of Filipinos. Although the kite is not an original Filipino invention, the saranggola from our childhood was memorable because it was a product of ingenuity.
Regular saranggola is usually made of barbeque sticks and plastic bags, with the Manila hemp twine serving as its tail. Saranggola is also known by its other names like boka-boka (smaller and usually made of paper), guryon, tsapi-tsapi, and portagis.

5. Vintage Basketball-Themed Action Figures.

Vintage Milo basketball themed sharpeners
Photo Credit: The Filipino Picker Kyle Gianan’s Facebook Page
These limited-edition sharpeners, featuring some of the most popular Filipino basketball players of the ’90s, were given as freebies for every purchase of a popular energy drink.
The sharperners-cum-action figures paid tribute to the career highs of such influential basketball athletes such as Benjie Paras (not in the picture), Jerry Codiñera (green), Chito Loyzaga (red), and Alvin Patrimonio (blue).

This set of vintage toys also evokes memories of MILO caravan, during which the popular brand visited our respective schools and treated us with a glass of delicious chocolate energy drink.

6. Trumpo.

Trumpo
Photo Credit: Nico Dela Cruz via Flickr
The trumpo or Philippine tops is a conical toy of ancient origins that had fascinated Pinoy kids long before the advent of Beyblades. It is similar to the American top, but much smaller. Although you could buy ready-made tops, most kids back then preferred to have an improvised trumpo, usually carved from hardwood or guava branches.
The typical trumpo has an iron-nail pivot and is wrapped with nylon lines attached to a stopper held between the player’s fingers. It also comes in various shapes and designs–from the wooden Ifugao top “with a groove at its waist, its pivot the extension of its body”to the Maranao version in Mindanao that has “silver or copper bands incised with decorations.”
Trumpo is ideally played by two or more people. Kids would often throw their tops on a flat surface and let them spin and outperform each other. The player with the last trumpo standing becomes the winner.

7. Teks.

Ghost Fighter and Dragon Ball Z collectible cards
Dragon Ball Z (left) and Ghost Fighter (right) anime collectible cards of the ’90s. Source: fiel-kun.blogspot.com
Popularly known to Filipino kids as “teks,” these cards are similar to NBA collectible cards, except the former were commonly played in a betting game wherein the winning player takes home the cards.

Printed on cardboard, the “teks” usually depicted TV shows or movies that were popular at the time they were released (for ’90s kids, think Mari Mar, Sailor Moon, Ghost Fighter, Dragon Ball Z, BT X, and Zenki among others.)
1970s Philippines teks cards
1970s Philippines “teks.” Photo Credit: Pinoy Kollektor
Back in the day, you could trade these cards with your childhood barkada, or you could join a game where the players would flip the cards in the air and bet which side will come up. Before or after the game, players would usually count their respective cards while uttering “I-sa! Dala-wa!, Tat-lo! A-pat! Li-ma!” and so forth.
1930s Philippines teks cards
1930s Philippines “teks” featuring Filipino actors Jose Padilla Jr., Fernando Poe, Josefino Cenizal, and Miguel Barbeyto. Photo Credit: Pinoy Kollektor.
Unknown to most younger generations, however, the Pinoy teks already existed as early as the 1930s. But instead of characters from animated TV shows, these early edition of trading cards featured popular pre-war Filipino movie stars like Fernando Poe Sr., Rogelio dela Rosa, Tia Duran, Mary Walter, Rosa del Rosario, and Leopoldo Salcedo. The Filipino teks then slowly evolved, with its size getting smaller and smaller as time went by.

8. Pogs.

PogsPogs is the circular version of “teks.” School-age children from the late ’80s and early ’90s grew their pogs collection also by playing with their peers. The game requires getting the same number of pogs from each player and forming a stack. After a few throwing and slamming, each winning player will get their share of the pogs that land face up.
The name “pogs” is believed to have originated from a brand of juice called POG (short for passion fruit, orange, and guava), the bottle caps of which were first used to play the earlier version of the game.
The gameplay, on the other hand, is much older than most people think; pogs is said to have evolved from the old Japanese game of Menko in which the players flip their opponents’ cards that were made from ceramics, clay, or wood.

9. This LEGO Knockoff (a.k.a. Poor Man’s LEGO).

Pinoy LEGO
Source: marlonizer.wordpress.com
Although it pales in comparison with the original LEGO in terms of quality and design, this knockoff provided many not-so-privileged kids with enough tools to explore their creativity.
Usually sold at sari-sari stores near public schools, these so-called “Pinoy LEGO” gave kids a chance to create their own makeshift robots, airplanes, and skyscrapers, just to name a few.

10. Sipa.

Sipa
Source: TagalogLang.com
Made of small metal washer and colorful plastic straws serving as its tail, this shuttlecock-like toy is used in sipa, a game that had been the country’s national sport until it was replaced by Arnis in 2009.
Sipa, which shares similarities with sepak takraw and China’s jianzi, requires balance and agility. No wonder why kids who played it back then were physically fit and had awesome kicking styles to boot.

11. Coconut Leaf Balls.

Coconut leaf ball
Source: missosology.info
Coconut leaf toy is to Philippines as origami is to Japan. Filipino kids who grew up in farms or mountainous provinces took delight in seeing their parents or grandparents as they transformed coconut leaves into toys in the shape of balls or animals.
Take note that this coconut leaf ball is similar but quite different from the diamond-shaped or heart-shaped woven coconut palm primarily used by Cebuanos to cook the pusò, also known as hanging or palm wrapped rice.

12. Yo-yo.

Yo-yo
Coca-Cola Company’s Russell yoyos that became popular in the Philippines during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Photo Credit: Pinoy Kollektor
Although its rudiments already existed in ancient Greek and Chinese civilizations, the yoyo only entered the international toy market in the 1930’s with the establishment of the Duncan Yoyo Company. An American named H.B. Preston, founder of the company, reportedly bought the rights to the toy from its original inventor, a Filipino houseboy named Pedro Flores.
In the ’70s and ’80s, the Coca-Cola Company in the Philippines gave away limited-edition Russell yoyos to whosoever finds a “FREE Yoyo” mark under the bottle cap. These yoyos, now a collector’s item, were made in the Philippines and distributed worldwide. And so started the “yoyo craze” in Manila, during which noontime shows such as Student Canteen aired exhibition contests to further promote the toys.

13. Vintage “Jollibee Kiddie Meal” Toys.

Jollibee kiddie band toys
Source: www.tagailogspecial.com
One of the most successful Filipino fast food chains in history, Jollibee, just like its competitors, launched several promotional toys in the past.
The most memorable, of course, were those first few toys released during the company’s early years. Examples of these were the Jollibee kiddie band and the kiddie train, both of which featured the original mascots of the company, namely: Popo (representing french fries); Hetty (spaghetti); Mr. Yum (burgers); Champ the boxer (premium hamburger); Chickee (fried chicken a.k.a. Chickenjoy);  and Mico and Lady Moo (for milkshakes).

14. Rubber Band.

Rubber Band
Photo Credit: Zyron Joseph Lacambra/UNICEF
The rubber band is every Filipino kid’s all-purpose toy: it can be used to play a competitive game called dampa with your friends; or as a weapon to hit the bully or the bully’s victim. You can also tie several rubber bands together to form a makeshift toy long enough to be used for the Chinese Garter game.

15. The Pinoy ‘Plastic Balloon.’

Notwithstanding the fact that it smells like paint thinner, the plastic balloon became the addictive Filipino toy of the ’90s. To play with it, you first squeeze the tube to get a small portion of the resin-like substance which you will then roll to form a ball. Put the substance at the tip of the straw and slowly blow air until a balloon is formed.
For starters, the art of forming the perfect plastic balloon requires some skills–and you can master them through practice. And unlike ordinary balloons, you can easily repair small holes in a plastic balloon by using your mouth to blow air and eventually seal the said hole.

16. Aroma Beads (a.k.a. “Kisses”).

Aroma Beads or KissesPopularly known as “kisses,” these aroma beads aren’t actually toys to begin with. However, it became a source of amusement for ’90s kids, so much so that an urban legend was born from this harmless air freshener. Youngsters who bought the story went as far as putting the “kisses” to a wet cotton inside a matchbox, believing that doing so would get these “kisses” pregnant and eventually multiply itself almost magically.
Sadly, it was indeed a mere urban legend. Aroma beads are super absorbent, up to 30% to 40% fragrance oil. Once it absorbs a liquid, it tends to increase in size and therefore creates an illusion that it somehow multiplies. And so started the story that fooled us all.

17. Filipino Toy Horse.

Horse taka
Horse taka in display in Paete, Laguna. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
The rocking horse, which originated in 19th-century Europe, and its other variations also made its way to the local toy market. Toy horses in the Philippines are either imported from other countries or locally-made in the famous wood carving town of Paete, Laguna.
Filipino children and toys they play c.1900
Filipino children with their toy horse c.1900. Source: Pinterest.
Also known as taka, the paper mache toys like the red rocking horse are now being exported to other countries such as Germany due to Paeteños’ amazing craftsmanship. The paper mache industry in Paete has come a long way since the first ever taka was reportedly made by Maria Bague in the 1920s.

18. Paper Dolls.

Paper Doll

A paper doll satisfied young Filipina girls’ fantasy of having every beautiful clothing they like. Playing with their paper dolls, which came with fascinating add-ons such as food and different items from a beauty kit, had nurtured these young girls’ sense of style in a way. Particularly memorable were those that featured popular cartoon characters such as Sailor Moon and Princess Sarah.
Rosing Filipina paper doll
Rosing, a Filipina paper doll from the 1930s. From “The Governor-General’s Kitchen: Philippine Culinary Vignettes and Period Recipes 1521-1935” by Felice Prudente Sta. Maria
The art of making paper dolls traces its roots to ancient civilizations where paper was first used. The first manufactured paper doll is London’s Litte Fanny, produced by S&J Fuller in 1810. Philippines, on the other hand, once had a paper doll that perfectly represented our country’s history and culture.
Nicknamed “Rosing,” this Filipina paper doll appeared in the 1932 edition of Liwayway Magazine. Young girls would excitedly cut out this interesting character from the magazine as well as other items that came with her, including food and other accessories.

19. Palayok-palayukan (Mini clay pots and pans).

Lutu-lutuan or Palayok-palayokanConsidered as a traditional Filipino cooking ware, the earthen pot or palayok has a miniature version usually sold during town fiestas. These toy clay pots and pans, known aspalayok-palayukan, are usually given as gifts to young girls who would play bahay-bahayan and lutu-lutuan in their own backyard or garden.

20. Old Tire/Tyre.

Kariling
Source: Pinterest
More often than not, it would only take old and unused items to fascinate children back in the days. Such is the case with old motorcycle tires which Filipino kids would roll with a hand or a stick to win a competitive racing game popularly known as kariling. 
The game is usually held in an open space such as streets or basketball courts, and best enjoyed if you do it with as many friends as possible. Each player should do their best to keep their tires rolling. The first kid to reach the finish line is declared as the winner.

About the Author: Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. is the founder and editor-in-chief of FilipiKnow. He has a fetish for local trivia, unsolved mysteries, and all things creepy. Follow him on Instagram.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Time Antonio Luna and Jose Rizal Nearly Killed Each Other



The Time Antonio Luna and Jose Rizal Nearly Killed Each Other

By  | 10/07/2015

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This other side of Luna’s personality was seamlessly portrayed in the sleeper hit Heneral Luna wherein the protagonist often clashed with and threw invective to officers who refused to follow his orders. While Luna’s hotheadedness has changed our perception of the Filipino hero we once thought was unflawed, many believe it also led him to his tragic end.If there’s one thing that General Antonio Luna is most famous for other than his assassination, that would be his temper.
Before he was hacked to death in Cabanatuan, this Filipino general was already teasing death. Luna, being the sensitive guy that he was, impulsively challenged his perceived enemies to a duel–all in the name of honor.
Surprisingly, among those who found themselves on the receiving end of that legendary temper was Jose Rizal, who became Luna’s friend and compatriot when they’re both studying in Europe. How such friendship almost ended up in a duel remains one of the most intriguing “what-ifs” in Philippine history, an event that would have cost us one or two national heroes were it not for a sudden twist of fate.
Antonio Luna and Jose Rizal
Colorized photos of Antonio Luna (left) and Jose Rizal (right). Photo Credit: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office
Before this heated encounter between the two ilustrados, it was Rizal who ironically urged his fellow expatriates to help Luna in his proposed duel with a Spanish journalist known by the pseudonym Mir Deas. At that time, Luna had just begun writing his impressions of Madrid in La Solidaridad under the pen name Taga-Ilog.
One of Luna’s opinion pieces didn’t sit well with Mir Deas, who wrongly attributed the work to his brother Juan Luna and even described the latter as “ingrate.” The younger Luna took matters in his own hands and traveled all the way from Madrid to Barcelona. In a letter to Rizal, Luna described how he met Mir Deas face-to-face in a cafe:
“I asked him who he was (I did not know him), called him a vile despicable coward, spat in his face, and threw him my card.”
The Spaniard–who Luna insultingly called Mierdas (Spanish word for shit)–didn’t accept the latter’s invitation to a duel; instead “he denounced the expatriates to the police for a violation of the printing law.”
Luna then returned to Madrid, only to realize that the girl he had been courting was becoming deeply infatuated with Jose Rizal. The subject of both men’s affection was Nelly Boustead, the half-Filipina, half-European who goes down in history as the woman whom Rizal almost married.
Nelly Boustead and Adelina Boustead
Nelly Boustead (left) and her younger sister Adelina (right). Photo Credit: Filipinas Heritage Library/Lopez Memorial Museum.
Nelly not only captured the hearts of both Luna and Rizal,  but also aroused the curiosity of other Filipino propagandists such as Tomas Arejola who said:
“since last year I have heard a number of times here about this young lady…who is also a Filipina. I am told she is to be recommended because of her excellent upbringing, her most attractive moral and physical qualities and, in addition, because she is a Filipina.”
Luna and Rizal often went on dates with Nelly and her younger sister, Adelina. Rizal first met the Bousteads in Paris in the summer of 1889, and they had since become part of a circle of friends also composed of the Luna and the Pardo de Tavera brothers. However, the love triangle soon blossomed, prompting Luna to write a letter to Rizal to address the growing rivalry between them:
“We have no reason to be cold to each other for many times I asked you if you felt love for Nelly and you told me no. Consequently I was already sure of you, certain you are my friend…therefore chico, we ought to continue as friends as I thought we never ceased to be.”
But when he realized that Nelly’s heart doesn’t belong to him, anxiety got the better of Antonio Luna. Adding insult to the injury was the fact that his brother, who didn’t trust him, had to send all the money for his education through Rizal. For these reasons, Luna became a bomb waiting to explode.

Jose Rizal on fencing garb with Juan Luna and Valentin Ventura

Jose Rizal, posing in fencing garb at the Paris home of his friend, artist Juan Luna, with fellow propagandist Valentin Ventura. The woman sitting on the right is believed to be Nelly Boustead. Photo credit: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.
The big explosion came in the summer of 1890, when both men attended a reunion of Filipino exiles in Madrid. Antonio Luna got drunk, and as with any person who suddenly becomes braver under the influence of alcohol, made a sarcastic remark about Nelly and Rizal. An argument ensued between the two men, with one of them challenging the other to a duel.
Although it’s not sure who challenged who (historians have different accounts), the said duel didn’t push through thanks to the cooler heads who intervened. Luna was brought to his home and apologized to Rizal as soon as he sobered up. On behalf of his brother, Juan Luna also wrote a letter of apology to Rizal from France in August 1890:
“I suppose that this incident will not be the cause of any resentment between the Filipinos and Antonio, for, having taken back what he had said and gave them permission to tie him if he got drunk again, he showed that he was repentant of the evil he had caused the gathering and his friends…..It is true that Antonio has a strong character and he is very sensitive. This is very good if the cause is just.”
Months after the confrontation, Rizal went to France for a vacation, staying at the Boustead residence in the seaside resort town of Biarritz. It was here where the affection between the love-struck Jose and Nelly grew stronger. As for the hopeless Luna, he finally conceded and wrote Rizal another letter, this time without any sign of bitterness:
“With respect to Nelly, frankly, I think there is nothing between us more than one of those friendships enlivened by being fellow countrymen. It seems to me that there is nothing more. My word of honor… I believe that she will bring happiness not only to you but to any other man who is worthy of her. I congratulate you as one congratulates a friend.”
Unfortunately, Jose Rizal and Nelly Boustead  didn’t end up happily ever after. The romance ended as soon as Nelly insisted on Rizal embracing Protestantism. Turns out, her condition was too much for Rizal who was no longer a fan of organized religion.
Jose Rizal and Nelly Boustead
(L-R) Jose Rizal, Felix Resurrecion Hidalgo and Nellie Bousted, whom Rizal would have married had she not insisted that he renounce his Catholic faith and become a Protestant. (Source: In Excelsis: The Mission of Jose P. Rizal). Colorized by I.J.R.A.
And that’s how their relationship came to a close, which would have ended in marriage if only the prerequisite was out of the picture.
We all know what happened to Rizal and Luna after this love triangle collapsed. But what if the duel did happen? It’s useless for us now to even consider the possibilities, but this story only proves how emotions as simple as love and jealousy could alter the course of Philippine history forever.

About the Author: Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. is the founder and editor-in-chief of FilipiKnow. He has a fetish for local trivia, unsolved mysteries, and all things creepy. Follow him on Instagram.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The first same-sex marriage in the Philippines

The first same-sex marriage in the Philippines was between two NPA members. 
Gay marriage in NPA
Image source: www.workers.org
In February 2005, Ka Andres and Ka Jose, two members of the NPA (New People’s Army), exchanged vows in a symbolic ceremony held in the Compostela Valley province in Mindanao.
In addition to a choir which serenaded the two with revolutionary love songs, the event was also participated by their comrades and few closed friends. During the wedding, the two held each other’s hand while keeping a bullet in the other to represent their commitment to the armed struggle.
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10 Amazing Pinoy Trivia That Will Blow Your Mind



1. Juan Luna killed his wife and mother-in-law. He was later acquitted of his “crime of passion.”

Juan Luna + Maria de la Paz Pardo de Tavera + murder
In Photo: Juan Luna and his wife, Maria de la Paz Pardo de Tavera (from the painting “Ensueños de Amor”)
In 1892, Juan Luna, famous Filipino painter of 400 masterpieces, was involved in a bloody murder at their Paris home. The victims? His wife, Maria de la Paz Pardo de Tavera, and his mother-in-law. It is said that extreme jealousy forced Luna to pull the trigger. He was later acquitted in February 1893 after the court categorized the murder as a “crime of passion”.

2. Cory Aquino’s favorite color was RED, not YELLOW.
Cory Aquino + trivia
The late President Corazon Aquino as well as the EDSA People Power Revolution are best remembered through the iconic ‘yellow ribbon’. However, she once admitted that RED was actually her first favorite. The yellow color only came after some friends suggested the song “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” for Ninoy’s homecoming. Cory continued to use her yellow trademark after her husband’s death.

3. In 1992, Pepsi offered 1 million pesos to anyone who had a bottle cap with “349” printed on it. Turns out, half a million bottle caps got the winning number.
Pepsi 349 fiasco
Dubbed as the “Number Fever”, the promo was offered by Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines. On May 25, 1992, the winning numbers (i.e. 349) were finally released. Thousands claimed the prizes but Pepsi officials revealed that there was a technical glitch. In the end, the company spent more than 200 million pesos to pay up to 500, 000 disappointed claimants. The case of the infamous “Pepsi 349” fiasco was finally closed in 2006.


4. Major Archibald Butt, former military captain in the Philippines, died in the sinking of Titanic in 1912.
Major Archibald Butt + Titanic
A former journalist, Butt was a well-known military aide and adviser to US presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. He joined the army who fought during the Spanish-American War.
After the war ended, he was assigned to the Philippines as a volunteer and later promoted as Assistant Quartermaster with the rank of Captain. He stayed in Manila until July 1903.
In 1912, after a short trip to Europe, Butt embarked Titanic to return to the US. Sadly, he was one of the victims who perished when the ship sank. His body was never recovered.


5. Jaz Cola, a beverage produced by The Coca Cola Company, was specifically made for the people in the Visayan Islands.
Jaz Cola
Image source: Flickr
Jaz Cola is a cola-flavored drink and just one of the many custom beverages made by Coca-Cola for the Philippine market. Originally created for consumers living in  the Visayan region, Jaz Cola has reportedly “fueled Visayan pride among its teen consumers.”


6. Aluling Bridge in Ilocos Sur took 35 years to complete. 
Aluling Bridge

Image source: www.dpwh.gov.ph
After 35 years and 6 presidents, the Aluling Bridge was finally completed on March 25 of this year. It’s construction first started in 1978 but due to a host of factors such as unpredictable weather and difficulty of navigating the river, the completion was delayed for more than 3 decades. Aluling Bridge connects the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Mountain Province.


7. Gollum suluensis is a shark named after Gollum of the movie “Lord of the Rings” and Philippines’ very own Sulu Sea. 
Gollum suluensis shark

Image source: LAST & GAUDIANO, Zootaxa 3002 (2011)
Discovered in Sulu, this New Zealand shark is one of the species of the genus Gollum. Compared to it’s cousin (G. attenuatus), this shark has a “darker, plainer and less contrasted coloration, softer body, shorter and broader snout, smaller spiracle, larger pectoral fin, wider head, as well as larger proportions of the nostril, mouth and interorbital space.”


8. The first same-sex marriage in the Philippines was between two NPA members. 
Gay marriage in NPA
Image source: www.workers.org
In February 2005, Ka Andres and Ka Jose, two members of the NPA (New People’s Army), exchanged vows in a symbolic ceremony held in the Compostela Valley province in Mindanao.
In addition to a choir which serenaded the two with revolutionary love songs, the event was also participated by their comrades and few closed friends. During the wedding, the two held each other’s hand while keeping a bullet in the other to represent their commitment to the armed struggle.


9. A dog named “Serging” (alias “Avante”) received numerous awards in 1957 for his heroic act during the Magsaysay plane crash. 
Marcelino Nuya + Serging + Avante + dog hero + Magsaysay plane crash
Marcelino Nuya with his pet dog, “Avante”. (Image source: www.philippinestudies.net)
Originally known as “Serging”, the dog was later renamed “Avante” to avoid offending Sergio Osmeña Jr. who was a Cebu mayor at that time. “Avante”, along with his owner Marcelino Nuya, helped save Nestor Mata, the only survivor of the plane crash that killed the late President Ramon Magsaysay.
For their heroic roles in the tragedy, the two received gold medals from the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and various government officials. Avante also received recognition from an animal rights group.


10. In the 1970s, a 22.6-foot reticulated phyton terrorized Luzon and swallowed an Agta Negrito. 
Reticulated phyton caught in the Philippines
The 22.6-foot reticulated python, shot by Kekek Aduanan on June 9, 1970. (Image source: www.mattsoniak.com)
Agta Negritos are indigenous people in Luzon who, in the 1970s, competed with a reticulated phyton for their main sources of food namely Philippine deer, Philippine warty pigs and long-tailed macaques.
Thomas N. Headland, an anthropologist who lived with and studied the group, later found out that 15 of 58 men and 1 of 62 women were attacked by the giant snake. Worse, 6 of them were killed, one of whom was discovered within the snake’s belly after butchering.
About the Author: Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. is the founder and editor-in-chief of FilipiKnow. He has a fetish for local trivia, unsolved mysteries, and all things creepy. Follow him on Instagram.

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