A Filipino civilian looks over the bodies of those killed in the Ermita district during the Battle of Manila. The one month battle fought from 3 February to 3 March 1945 between American and Filipino forces against the Imperial Japanese, culminated in a terrible bloodbath and total devastation of the city, was the scene of the worst urban fighting in the Pacific Theater, and ended almost three years of Japanese military occupation in the Philippines. Manila was officially liberated on 3 March 1945, but large areas of the city had been leveled. The battle left 1,010 U.S. soldiers dead and 5,565 wounded. An estimated 100,000 Filipinos civilians were killed, both deliberately by the Japanese forces and accidentally from artillery and aerial bombardment by the U.S. military. Over 16,000 Japanese troops were killed. Manila, Luzon, Philippines. March 1945.

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the batad and bangaan rice terraces of the philippine cordilleras were carved along the natural contours of this mountainside two thousand years ago by the ifugao people, and remain in use by the current ifugao farmers who collectively maintain this ancient but complex system of dams, sluices, channels and bamboo pipes which keep the terraces adequately flooded.

a living cultural landscape, the terraces are further notable for their altitude, which peaks at 1500 meters, and steep slopes, which can be as high as seventy degrees. owing to the difficult terrain, the ifuago were among the few peoples of the philippines to have successfully resisted any foreign domination and preserved their culture (and agri culture).

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The Agta people have inhabited the mountains of the Sierra Madre on the island of Luzon for 30,000 years. They are one of the last peoples to live by the sea. Agta men and women are excellent hunters and gatherers, amongst the best in the tribal world.

In their society, women have the same rights as men and carry out the same tasks to meet the needs of the tribe, such as hunting or building windbreakers, usually the preserve of men in other tribes.

The diet of the Agta consists of game, fish, crustaceans, honey, wild fruit, roots and other forest produce.

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BREAKING NEWS! The Philippines Elects Its First Out Trans Congressperson
Geraldine Roman is ready to serve her country

SHE WON!!!!!!!!!!!

“It is looking very, very likely that Filipino citizens are about to vote their first out trans person into public office.

As the polls closed on Monday evening (local time), Geraldine Roman had a commanding lead over her opponent, Danny Malana, to become the lower house representative for the first district of the Bataan province, which is located north of Manila.

Roman is a member of the sitting Filipino president’s Liberal Party, and has run on a progressive platform. She hopes to overturn current laws that prevent trans people from legally changing their name and sex on official documents, and to back an anti-discrimination bill that would legally enforce equal treatment of LGBT citizens in schools, hotels and the workplace.

“That somebody of my condition is going to enter Congress for the first time is a statement that even transgender people can serve our country and should not be discriminated against,“ Roman told AFP News. “If Jesus Christ was alive today, he would not approve of discrimination. I firmly believe that.”

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CONGRATULATIONS GERALDINE! I’ve been following this story and am SO HAPPY to see today’s news!