Mariano Ponce

We join the Filipino people in remembering Mariano Ponce on his 106th death anniversary (23 May 1918). He made history for his involvement in the Propaganda Movement and the Revolution, and he also wrote history, especially during the latter part of his life. Born in Baliwag, Bulacan on 22 March 1863, he finished medicine at … Read more

Portrait of Magdalena Leones

Portrait of Magdalena Leones  We continue our Portrait Drop to celebrate Women’s Role in History Month by featuring paintings of women who contributed to our long struggle for independence and nationhood. Today, we will be sharing a portrait of Magdalena Leones. Born in Lubuagan, Kalinga, Magdalena was training to be a deaconess of the United … Read more

Dr. Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay

Dr. Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay is a geologist, paleontologist, professor, author, research collaborator of the National Museum of the Philippines, and a proud mother of three. She is also the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Quality Assurance) of the University of the Philippines system. For over two decades, she has mentored and supervised many of … Read more

Felix Laureano: The First Filipino Photographer

Felix Laureano: The First Filipino Photographer Felix Laureano was born on November 20, 1866, in Patnongon, Antique into a prominent landowning family. His mother, Norverta Laureano, was a businesswoman while his father, Manuel Asencio, was a friar from Zamora, Spain. Laureano, along with his siblings (Santiago, Maria, Consolacion, Vicente, Trinidad, and Jesusa), grew up in … Read more

Father Jacinto Zamora

Among the three martyr priests, the least is known about Father Jacinto Zamora. His memory is even maligned by allegations that he enjoyed gambling and that it was supposedly why he became implicated in the Cavite Mutiny. However, he is remembered by his descendants as being loyal to his duties. On one occasion, according to … Read more