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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.
"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"
, 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.
Ciudad Murada- A Walk Through Historic Intramuros Ciudad Murada
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.
- September 22, 1972 - National Defense Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile and his convoy were allegedly ambushed. In 1986, he declared revolt against the Marcos government and exposed the incident as a staged ambush.
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Rene O. Villanueva (22 September 1954 - 5 December 2007) was a renowned children's storybook writer, playwright, and movie and television scriptwriter.