The Philippines is a beautiful country with an exciting history. It's been lamented that Filipinos don't honor the past enough—in fact, we're criticized for forgetting it almost immediately. A lot of people find history—especially our history—boring. This is probably partly because we don't know just how exciting our history really is, containing enough drama, suspense, and action to rival most films.'s Basta Pinas correspondents talk about their hometown histories, but not the kind you read in textbooks. This is the stuff you won't learn about in classrooms, the stuff that teachers forget to mention in their lessons. It is also the stuff that adds color to Philippine history, bits and pieces that may not be epic battles, but little events that add color to our already interesting past.

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