The Kahimyang Project

Significant moments in ancient and recent Philippine history

Why has life become much harder and politics even more corrupt after EDSA?

(Posted Friday March 06, 2020 18:16:03)

If there is anything to learn from the so-called EDSA Revolution 34 years ago, it is that it has not only become a long avenue of questions, regrets and flawed political, social and economic policies but a source of continuing hatred, vengeance and disunity that continue to imperil the country.

ABS-CBN, Meralco and Lopez family - are they victims or Marcos regime beneficiaries?

(Posted Monday March 02, 2020 22:20:29)

Barely a few days after the Lopezes and the Cojuangcos had moved into the [Corazon] Aquino administration after the EDSA uprising that toppled the Marcos regime in 1986, the Lopez family requested President Aquino for the return of all the Lopez assets, including Meralco (Manila Electric Co.), which by then was under the First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPHC).

RAM, Enrile not against Marcos in February 1986 but to end military junta; FM virtual prisoner in Malacañang

(Posted Tuesday February 25, 2020 13:42:13)

The withdrawal of support of the group of then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce-Enrile in February 1986 was not against the late president Ferdinand Marcos but to end a junta that effectively controls the government then.

Little known Quezon's World War II rescue of Jews, though capped by the US

(Posted Monday February 24, 2020 16:16:41)

In the late 1930s, President Manuel Quezon welcomed over 1,200 Jews from Germany and Austria into an unlikely haven in the Pacific archipelago. With his Open Doors policy, even as most nations closed their doors to Jewish refugees, these Jews - who came to be known as "Manilaners" - escaped Hitler's growing menace and reached the Philippine capital.

The 9 loves of Dr. Jose Rizal

(Posted Sunday February 16, 2020 15:09:30)

There are nine women on record that Rizal was in relationship with. It's not to say that all those relationships were serious, but he did pursue when he wanted to pursue, cared, at least, and displayed his attentiveness and charm unapologetically.

How the "First Quarter Storm" propelled the communist insurgency

(Posted Monday January 27, 2020 11:59:26)

January 26, was the 50th anniversary of the so-called "First Quarter Storm" (FQS), the huge anti-government youth demonstrations in the first three months of 1970 when a significant sector of the Filipino youth found meaning in their lives fighting for a cause — the Revolution — much larger than their little selves.

Jose Rizal was the personification of the term "brain and brawn"

(Posted Monday December 30, 2019 11:50:01)

He was a doctor, a novelist, a poet, a sculptor, a painter and a lothario. He was also a swordsman, deadly with both rapier and arnis sticks; a highly regarded pistol marksman; a body builder with experience in wrestling and judo; a freedom fighter and a wanted man.

HR groups turned a blind eye or obfuscated rights violations in favor of Cory Aquino

(Posted Tuesday November 12, 2019 14:09:26)

This time, the Yellows are repeatedly lambasting the Duterte administration for the series of arrests by the police and military of Communist insurgents in Negros and elsewhere in the countryside and urban centers, the same way they cleverly subjected the Marcos regime for its unfounded human-rights violations in a relentless effort to divert public attention.

Accounts of the "witnesses" of the supposed Malisbong massacre

(Posted Friday November 08, 2019 12:53:45)

The colossal hoax contrived in 1974 by the insurgent Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) of an alleged massacre of 1,500 Muslims in a barangay called Malisbong in Sultan Kudarat province, was intended to rouse to anger Muslim Arab leaders, especially the fiery Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, so they would support, with their newfound oil wealth, the fledgling Moro insurgency.

Like the Jabidah Massacre, the Malisbong massacre during martial law is a hoax

(Posted Monday November 04, 2019 13:04:48)

Every September in the past few years when martial law again becomes a topic of debate, the purported massacre of some "1,500 Muslims and over a thousand women raped" in Malisbong village in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat in September 1974 by a Philippine Army battalion is presented as evidence that Marcos' strongman regime was a ruthless, bloody era.

How long will we endure the flawed 1987 Aquino Constitution?

(Posted Sunday November 03, 2019 21:36:34)

Thirty two years ago, President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, whose government had been frequently associated with "miracles", invoked the powers of a rebel government, abolished the 1973 Constitution, scrapped the Batasang Pambansa (Parliament), the Supreme Court, local government units, and the civil and military services.

Why the Lopezes fought Marcos, and helped the communist fronts

(Posted Monday October 07, 2019 10:59:42)

With the franchise for the Lopez clan's ABS-CBN broadcasting network still in limbo, it would be very informative to look at this oligarch's history, why it fought Marcos (and was depicted after his fall as noble pro-democracy tycoons) and how powerful its media empire was, so formidable that only Marcos' martial law could stop it.

First Lady Imelda Marcos' visit to the Liturgical Service in Moscow in 1985

(Posted Thursday October 03, 2019 15:14:17)

34 years ago this month then First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos brought the image of Our Lady of Fatima to be consecrated with the Liturgical Service in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.

New explosive details on Ninoy Aquino and the Communist Party/NPA

(Posted Wednesday October 02, 2019 19:47:05)

The Yellows' martyr Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. was crucial in the founding and growth of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army (CPP-NPA). Aquino, until his arrest when martial was declared in 1972, supported the CPP-NPA as one of his weapons to topple his arch-enemy Ferdinand Marcos.