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Please don’t forget that Asian American immigration history exists and is being used as precedent for a lot of gross policies, like directly with Japanese Internment making the Trump Admin think Muslim Internment is an option. Don’t forget that even President Obama erased our immigration history in his farewell address when he compared immigrants of today to the Irish and German and Poles and said nothing of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South East Asian, Vietnamese, “waves” of immigrants literally imported to work the fields bc they would take a lower wage. Don’t forget about the refugees that fled the Vietnam and Korean and other wars and regime changes that came here to start from nothing and are now our nail salon jokes. Our history is full of disgusting immigration acts created by the US govt and they have the gall to pat us on the head and call us a model minority.

Don’t let them get away with it. History is supposed to teach us not to do bad things again.

Name: Reflection

Year: 1988

Artist: Matthew Wildest

Value: $302,124,168

Rarity: Super Rare

Description & History:

Behind the painting are these passages. Scholars later believed this was written by the painter as he experienced questioning what he has become.  Walt Disney contacted the museum to gain rights to the lyrics and later, modified it a little so it applies to the soon-to-be-iconic Disney movie about female empowerment, Mulan.

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect frog
Or a perfect tadpole
Can it be
I’m not meant to play this part?
Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family’s heart

Who is that frog I see?
Staring straight
Back at me?
Why is my reflection someone
I don’t know?
Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am
Though I’ve tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?
When will my reflection show
Who I am inside?


Lea Salonga is a very talented Filipina singer and actress who starred in the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Theatre World awards. Salonga is the first Filipino artist to sign to an international record label (having been signed to Atlantic Records in 1993). She was the first Asian actress to play the roles of Éponine and Fantine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. Salonga is named a Disney Legend in 2011 for her work with The Walt Disney Company as she provided the singing voice for Fa Mulan and Jasmine from Aladdin.

Later, Christina Aguilera, a struggling singer had her big break when she covered this song eventually catapulting herself to success. Fifth Harmony, a talented girl group, named their debut album in honor of this painting.


Hello! I am an incoming college freshman and an aspiring doctor from the Philippines. This August, I’ll be starting my first year under UP Manila’s INTARMED, a seven-year accelerated medicine program. I discovered the studyblr community around two years ago, but it is only now that I gathered enough courage to start my own blog and post original content. Seeing the beautifully-written notes and organized desks of other studyblrs from all over the world and reading about their various experiences and advice inspired me to invest more time and energy into my studies. (In particular, I’m fond of reading masterposts for school-related tips!). Aside from this, I love how this community is very friendly and supportive; many studyblrs take the time to answer my questions and post encouraging material. Most importantly, being an avid fan and follower of the studyblr community helped fuel my passion for learning and desire for self-improvement. With this blog, I hope to document my journey to becoming a medical practitioner and to inspire others to reach their full potential in whatever field they choose. 

The following are some of the blogs that inspired me: 

@intellectus , @apricot-studies , @areistotle , @chemistri , @drop-dead-studyblr ,@essential-discontinuity , @grangergrades , @istudymed , @janetstudies , @lemonscholar , @mathematicool ,@mahal-tuition , @oristudies , @olymedicalstudent , @positive-infinity , @sadgirlstudying , @studeebean , @studycamille , @studyfulltime , @studybunny17, @studywithnikki , @the-professional-student , @theorganisedstudent , @workhardlikegranger



Next year, the headline-grabbing story of the 1997 assassination of legendary designer Gianni Versace, will be dramatized in the FX TV show “American Crime Story.” Playing Versace’s infamous Filipino killer Andrew Cunanan is Glee star and StarKid theatre company founder Darren Criss. Yong Chavez spoke with the half-Filipino actor singer about his role on Showbiz Tonight.

i realized i never uploaded this! here’s some tiny hance enjoying street food

my submission for the filipino!lance zine (which i frankly never heard back from :’(( )
Duterte: 'I had to declare martial law' to fight ISIS in Mindanao
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said his martial law declaration for the country's restive south was necessary in order to fight militants there.
By Euan McKirdy and Joshua Berlinger, CNN

If the terror threat spreads, Duterte said, he’s not afraid to go further.“If I think that the ISIS has already taken foothold also in Luzon and terrorism is not really far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people,” said the President, who cut short a visit to Russia to come home to deal with the violence.

Fighting between government forces and the Maute group, an Islamist militant organization based in Mindanao, began Tuesday afternoon in Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people.

Chapter 53. On the first part of dagger alone.

First you will settle yourself with the right foot forward in Coda Longa e Stretta, with the left foot by the right, & without moving the eye from the dagger hand of your enemy, in which mode first you will give a thrust to the uncovered part of his hand, the side inside of his right hand, if he will have no worse or better for himself; & turn with this point a mezzo mandritto in that same time & your dagger will be in Porta di Ferro Alta

now, to threaten your enemy’s head, you will throw your right foot a little across to his right side [from his perspective] and throw in this passing a blow with the true edge of the dagger in Guardia de Intrare & in this same parry you will throw your left foot strongly across to his right side & grab with your left hand his right arm straight from outside, in this mode you will give a roverso to the head or a thrust to the chest; take care that he does not throw his left hand to your dagger arm; and having done this you will take four or five passes backwards & settle yourself as aforesaid.

[For this GIF, just note that the entry forward should be through Guardia de Intrare, which is a thrust to the face palm down, which these guys don’t do because they lack a crossguard on their swords and therefore must use a hanging]. 

Chapter 54. On the second part of the dagger alone.

Standing in Coda Longa e Stretta and your enemy throws a thrust to your dagger hand, in throwing this thrust you will lift your hand such that you pass his point and in the same tempo give him a roverso traversato on top of his dagger arm; 

and if he throws to you a mandritto to the head, you will parry it with the true edge of the dagger and give him a fendente in the head; & and make a mezza volta di pugno & you will settle in Coda Longa e Stretta, very polished, ordered as in the first part.

Follower Friday: lawrsaysrawr

Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community. This week’s featured member is @lawrsaysrawr.

Who are you?

My name is Lawrence and I’m a 27 year old, first generation Filipino-American. In my spare time I like to play games, draw, hike, explore cities, eat out, and take pictures with my phone.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Bay Area. (Concord -> San Jose -> San Francisco)

What do you do?

I’m a toy designer for an eco-friendly toy company called, Green Toys.

I got into it after graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from SJSU. I originally thought that I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I stopped that midway through my third year in college. Even though it took a while, I’m happy with where I am now.

What are you passionate about?

Currently, I’ve been really involved in listening to what’s going on out in the world and finding my voice. I think it’s really important to stick together as a community to fight and protect each other, but I also think it’s important to do your research before jumping in.

In general, I love critiquing art/design, but not in a condescending way. I just love learning about the stories behind the design or art piece. It’s really inspiring to see people doing things that they’re passionate about.

What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?

I want to build my own streetwear brand. Maybe start with cool backpacks and bags and see where I go from there. I loved my soft goods class in college, but I haven’t gotten around to making a bag in a while. I really have an itch to create.

If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?

I think it’s important to be socially conscious. If people were more aware, we would be in a better place. We often overlook the things we can’t see.


“Never question a man’s patriotism by the blood that runs in his veins, or by the nationality of his ancestors; we should judge a man by what he is, rather than where his forefathers came…” ~ Manuel L. Quezon

(( So maybe a few of our half-blooded Filipino brothers and sisters are insecure about being a Filipino just because they’re not pure or are teased that they should go back to wherever they are stereotyped to have belonged to because of their looks even if they themselves know deep inside that they are Filipinos who love the Philippines and all. Well don’t be insecure, friends! If you have that Filipino blood, then you are Filipino! If you’re a naturalized Filipino, don’t be insecure! You’re still a Filipino! -just be sure you’re a legal Filipino peep ok, so that problems with the law will be avoided ;;w;“- Even though there are some bad or not so good things with being a Filipino, well, isn’t that the same with other nationalities as well? So don’t let those petty words put you down, stand proud; be proud to be a Filipino! ^_^b ))



-was a Filipino statesman, soldier, and politician who served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. He was the first Filipino to head a government of the entire Philippines (as opposed to the government of previous Philippine states), and is considered to have been the second president of the Philippines, after Emilio Aguinaldo (1899–1901). Quezon was a Spanish Filipino, with both his parents being Filipino mestizos.

In 1907, he resigned from the governorship and tried for a seat in the First Philippine Assembly, and he won by the largest  majority, for he was popular with the masses as well as the ilustrados. He became floor leader of the Assembly and distinguished himself with oratory, delivered in flowery Spanish phrases.

During his presidency, Quezon tackled the problem of landless peasants in the countryside. His other major decisions include the reorganization of the islands’ military defense, approval of a recommendation for government reorganization, the promotion of settlement and development in Mindanao, dealing with the foreign stranglehold on Philippine trade and commerce, proposals for land reform, and opposing graft and corruption within the government.
Credit must also go to Quezon who used diplomacy to convince Americans that Filipinos were prepared in governing their own sovereign government.



> Based on Aida Rivera Ford’s HEROES IN LOVE [Four Plays], published by Anvil Publishing, Inc.

> McArthur, Douglas (1964). Reminiscences.> Quezon, Manuel L. (1946). The Good Fight.

> Perret, Geoffrey (1996). Old Soldiers Never Die: The Life of Douglas MacArthur.


(( Yes, Quezon Province was previously known as Tayabas, although it had lots of other names before too. <XD ))


The first Filipino to get into the Kpop Star finals, the first Filipino to personally choose between training with JYP and YG and  reject JYP to his face…

and now the first Filipino to solo debut as a kpop artist. amazing. She is all kinds of fan goals come true. congratulations at mabuhay, Kriesha Chu!

We need a movie about Fe del Mundo


And they couldn’t turn her away because 1) she was already there, she traveled so far, it wouldn’t have been right to send her back 2) her grades were, unsurprisingly, above and beyond and she was too good to turn away and 3) the scholarship was granted to her by the president of the Philippines, and y’all don’t say no to that without some international incident let’s be real 

So she unwittingly became the first woman ever accepted into Harvard Med School (and possibly the first Asian ever enrolled? Though I haven’t confirmed this). She’s also since pioneered so many medical advancements in the Philippines that they can barely be counted, and she is by all accounts one of those amazing human beings that come rare in our lifetime. She was buried, and rightfully so, in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery). 

tbh i always find myself rewatching / rereading kkm whenever it’s holidays or summer. Honestly, this animanga series just makes me feel so nostalgic lmao

cambaganda  asked:

Hello po gusto ko lang itanong, ano pong maisa-suggest niyo na favorite niyong history books para sa mga interesadong ukilkilin ang kasaysayan? Salamat po!

Napapanahon ang tanong dahil ang Agosto ay Buwan ng Kasaysayan! Ito ang aking munting listahan. Sana ay makatulong! :)

Kung ikaw ay baguhan sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas, iminumungkahi ko ang The History of the Filipino People ni Teodoro Agoncillo. Mababasa mo sa iisang librong ito ang kabuuang buod ng kasaysayan ng bansa pati na rin ang naratibong nagbibigay saysay sa mga pangyayari sa bawat yugto ng ating pagkabansa. Marami nga lang na mga historyador ang nagsasabing “outdated” na ang aklat na ito (sumasang ayon ako sa kanila), dahil marami na ring nagsilabasang mga librong sinama na ang mga kasalukuyang pag aaral. Ngunit ang akdang ito’y nananatiling “classic” sa kasaysayan dahil na rin siguro sa dali nitong basahin. Di ka magkakamali kay Agoncillo, na tinaguriang National Scientist at “pioneer” sa pag-aaral ng kasaysayan ng Pilipinas, kasama nina Nicolas Zafra, Encarnacion Alzona, Horacio de la Costa, at Gregorio Zaide. Ang aklat ring ito ay mabibili sa mga lokal na bookstores sa bansa.

Mayroon din namang mas maikling aklat na sumasaklaw sa buong kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Para sa inip at nagmamadali, ang pocket book na A History of the Philippines ni Samuel K. Tan, dating tagapangulo ng National Historical Commission of the Philippines, ay para sa kanila.

Makakatulong rin ang Readings in Philippine History ni Horacio de la Costa. Tinipon ni de la Costa ang ilang mga saligang babasahin, mga primaryang batis (primary sources) na galing mismo sa iba’t ibang yugto ng kasaysayan ng Pilipinas, kasama ang kanyang sariling analysis at komentaryo. Ang mga komentaryo niya ay sumasalamin rin sa kanyang pananaw bilang isang Heswita, isa sa mga pananaw na bagamat hindi ako lubos na sang-ayon ay nagbibigay rin ng ibang anggulo sa pagtingin sa mga kaganapan ng nakaraan.

Para sa mas masinsing pag-aaral ng kasaysayan, ang 10-volume Kasaysayan: History of the Filipino People ay ang kaisa-isang “historical encyclopedia” tungkol sa Pilipinas. Ito’y inilathala ng Reader’s Digest sa pamamagitan ng Asia Publishing Company Ltd., at binubuo ng mga sanaysay at artikulo mula sa iba’t ibang mga kilala at mapagkakatiwalaang historyador sa bansa. Kasama na rin rito ang listahan ng mga pangkat etniko at iba’t ibang wika ng bansa. Dati, ito’y nagkakahalagang PhP 10,000.00 ngunit kamakailan, nagkaroon ng sale ang Fully Booked at mabibili na lamang ang buong bookset ng mga PhP 1,898.00 na lamang. Iyon nga lamang ay nagtatapos ang seryeng ito sa taong 1998, kung kailan ito ipinrinta at inilabas, sa sentenaryo ng proklamasyon ng kalayaan.

Sa mga talambuhay (biography) inirerekomenda ko ng walang humpay ang The First Filipino ni Leon Ma. Guerrero, isang kilalang embahador. Ika nga ni Guerrero, kung gusto mong malaman paano nagsimula ang pagkakakilanlan ng Pilipino, magsimula ka sa buhay ni Rizal, na siyang unang tumawag sa kanyang mga kababayan bilang “Filipino.” Groundbreaking rin ang akdang ito dahil si Guerrero ang tanging sumulat na si Rizal ang unang Protestante ng bansa, at dahil rito, hindi niya binawi ang kanyang isinulat (recant) bago siya pinatawan ng sentensyang kamatayan. Ang husay ng pagkakasulat nito kaya’t ‘di nakapagtatakang ito’y iginawad ng “First Prize” sa Rizal Biography Contest ng Jose Rizal National Centennial Commission noong 1961. 

Isa pang magandang talambuhay ang Mabini and the Philippine Revolution na inakda ni Cesar Adib Majul. Makikitang hindi basta bastang rebolusyonaryo si Mabini. Ginamit niya ang talino’t kaalaman bilang mambabatas para ipagtanggol ang Pilipinas habang ito’y nakikidigma sa mga Amerikano noong Philippine-American War. Ipinaliwanag ni Majul na si Mabini ang unang bumuo ng kaisipang pampulitikal at pilosopiya ng Unang Republika ng Pilipinas, na kaakibat ng kaunaunahang burukrasya ng unang pamahalaang pinamumunuan ng mga Pilipino.  

Kung ang interes mo naman ay ang Pilipinas bago dumating ang mga Kastila, isang librong di dapat palampasin ay ang Barangay: Sixteenth-Century Philippine Culture and History ni William Henry Scott. Ang may-akda ay isang Amerikanong antropologo at misyonero ng Simbahang Episkopalya na namalagi sa Sagada sa Hilagang Luzon. Siya rin ay kilalang historyador ng Prehispanic Philippines at kilalang nagpruwebang ang Code of Kalantiaw ay isang pekeng dokumento. Ang aklat na Barangay ay punung-puno ng ilustrasyon, mga pagsasalarawan ng pamumuhay ng mga Pilipino, at mga sinaunang kaugalian, kultura at pananalita, bago nanakop ang mga Kanluranin sa kapuluan. Lahat ito ay binase ng antropologo sa mga nahukay na artifacts, at mga nasulat ng mga unang Kastilang unang naka engkwentro ang Pilipino. Hinati ang libro sa kategorya ng Luzon, Visayas at Mindanao.

Sa isa namang bihirang pagsusuri sa kasaysayan ng Islam sa Pilipinas, iminumungkahi kong basahin ang Muslims in the Philippines ni Cesar Adib Majul. Kahit na mas sikat ang may-akda sa pagsulat ng talambuhay ni Mabini, sa tingin ko, ito ang kanyang obra, dahil sa akdang ito malalaman mula sa mga primaryang batis paano naitatag ang mga sinaunang sultanato sa Mindanao mga ilang siglo bago pa dumating ang mga Kastila. Si Majul ay isang Muslim, at bagamat ito ang kanyang bias, makikita ang kanyang masusing pagtingin bilang isang historyador na walang pinapanigan kundi ang mga primaryang batis na kinilatis niya kanyang kapanahunan. Ang aklat ay nagbibigay diin sa pananaw na ang Pilipinas ay binubuo ng iba’t ibang kultura, wika at relihiyon, na may kani-kaniyang kontekstong pangkasaysayan.

Siyempre, hindi sapat ang malaman lamang ang mga impormasyon tungkol sa kasaysayan. Mahalaga ang interpretasyon, at ito’y ibinibigay ni Nick Joaquin sa kanyang Culture and History. Si Joaquin ay tinaguriang National Artist for Literature, at bagamat hindi siya historyador kundi isang malikhaing manunulat, ang nasabing aklat ay mga tinipong mga sanaysay niyang inilabas noon sa pahayagan patungkol sa kasaysayan, kultura at pagkakakilanlan. Isa sa mga natatanging sanaysay na inirerekomenda ko sa librong ito (kahit hindi ako sang-ayon rito) ay ang “Heritage of Smallness.”

Isa pang minumungkahi ko ay ang aklat ni Floro Quibuyen na pinamagatang A Nation Aborted: Rizal, American Hegemony and Philippine Nationalism. Sa aklat na ito, pinatunayan ni Quibuyen na hindi totoong labag si Rizal sa himagsikan nuong panahon ng Rebolusyon. Sinuportahan pa nga niya ito. Hindi rin totoong ang aspirasyon ni Rizal ay para lamang sa Ilustrado at di pang-masa. Ang nasabing negatibong pagtingin kay Rizal ayon kay Quibuyen ay dulot ng mga maka-Kaliwang iskolar na di lubos na nauunawaan si Rizal. Bagamat nakakapagpabagabag, hindi ka magsisisi sa librong ito. Hinahamon nito ang mambabasa na huwag lamang tanggapin ang sinasabi ng nakararaming iskolar kundi suriin mismo at unawaain ang mga naisulat ni Rizal.

At dahil napapanahon ang “historical revisionism” sa bansa na kailangang sagupain ng bawat historyador, huli kong inirerekomenda ang Marcos Martial Law: Never Again ni Raissa Robles, isang kilala at ginagalang na peryodista at mamamahayag. Marami nang libro ang naisulat patungkol sa panahon ng Martial Law (1972-1986) ngunit ang librong ito na inilabas lamang ngayong taon, ay nagbibigay ng buod sa madilim na yugtong ito ng kasaysayan. Isinama ni Robles sa aklat ang mga litrato, artikulo ng panahon, editorial cartoons, mga datos at graphs, mga sariling kuwento ng mga biktima ng dahas ng militar, pati na rin ang mga organizational chart at chain of command ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos. Makikita ang malinaw na sistematikong pagkitil sa kalayaan at karapatang pantao ng mamamayan noon, habang patuloy na nasadlak ang bansa sa utang at kahirapan. Hindi ko pa ito tapos basahin ngunit ito’y magandang panimula sa mga librong pangkasaysayan patungkol sa rehimeng Marcos. Mabibili ang Student Edition ng nasabing aklat sa murang halaga na PhP 300.00 sa National Bookstore.

Sana’y nakatulong ito kahit sa maliit na paraan. Happy book hunting!

*All photos of book covers belong to their respective owners. 

Now that we know Lars Barriga is Filipino, nothing can stop me from saying that, despite judging it, he is totally in love with TFC and Pinoy Rom Coms.

And that, at family parties, he’s been forced into karaoke. And is surprisingly good at it.


some sketches for the filipino highschool voltron (klance) au i built with @tanginaly

click through for translation of the lil things written on the images

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