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Himala is a landmark 1982 film directed by Ishmael Bernal. It tells the story of a young woman in a small town in the Philippines who claims to have seen an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary and suddenly begins to exhibit healing powers. More than a movie about faith-healing, the film is an excellent commentary on Third World poverty and backward and contradictory rural customs. The lead role is superbly played by one of the country's premier dramatic actresses, Nora Aunor.

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"I've heard stories about a place where cars seem to roll uphill and water flows upwards. Where in the Philippines can I find that place known as the Magnetic Hill? And what is the mystery behind it? -Andrew"

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Magnetic Hill, Los Baños, Laguna is situated not too far from the University of the Philippines Los Baños. If a person turns off the engine of his or her car, it would go uphill. The same goes with liquid poured on the road. Some says the phenomenon was either the result of the place being affected by a magnetic field generated by ore, Maria Makiling wanting to remind passers-by of her presence, or that the treasures amassed by the Japanese general Yamashita in World War II was buried underneath that same stretch of road. However, the said “phenomenon” was simply a trick of our eyes. According to a study of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the road slopes downhill. Its uphill appearance is an optical illusion created by the road's slant in relation to other slopes along the route.

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Ciudad Murada- A Walk Through Historic Intramuros by Jose Victor Z. Torres is a highly interesting and entertaining guide to landmarks-both extant and vanished- and to the history of Manila's Intramuros. For over 400 years, Intramuros has withstood natural and man-made disasters. Intramuros was the center of the vast Spanish Empire in Asia.

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  • September 16, 1807 - the Ilokanos of Piddig, Ilocos Norte, took up arms against the government monopoly over basi, the local sugargane wine. The uprising, which was also known as the Basi Revolt, also served as a revolt against Spanish control.


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Sotero Laurel, Jr. (27 September 1918 – 16 September 2009) was a Filipino nationalist and lawyer. He was the son of Philippines' former president Jose P. Laurel and grandson of the Malolos Constitution signatory Sotero Laurel, Sr..

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