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Manila and Cebu: Eternal Rivals?
Cebu and Manila are the oldest cities in the Philippines. They have rich historical legacies that became the foundation of the country’s existence. Significant events that helped shape who we are were rooted in both cities. As both cities grew, certain forms of rivalry and animosity began to take shape. Many historians cannot agree on the origins of the love-hate relationship of Manila and Cebu.
Historical Controversies Series: The British Interlude
You may agree with me or not, but most of us Filipinos believed that the Spanish, Americans and Japanese were the ONLY foreign countries that ruled our land. But in reality, we had some shares of unwelcome visitors that ravaged our motherland. The British had the largest empire the world has ever seen by the late 19th century but 200 years before that, Spain was the mistress of the world as her empire stretched from the North and South America, Africa and Asia. It was her crowning glory and as a fitting tribute to her glory, its dubbed as “Siglo de Oro.” Despite her achievements, she remained envious of her enemies like the British, French and the Dutch. Because of this, she waged countless colonial wars against her adversaries and even attempted to invade the British Isles itself — the first since Guillaume duc D’Normandie (William the Conqueror) and followed by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler.