History

Paving the road: PH-China diplomatic relations untold stories, reminiscences

This year (2015), the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China commemorate 40 years of diplomatic relations. The joint communiqué was signed June 9, 1975 by Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and China Premier Zhou Enlai.The day is now celebrated as Philippines-China Friendship Day. It underscores the centuries of friendship between the two countries, begun …

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Domingo de Salazar, O.P.: First bishop of the Philippines

The book, Domingo De Salazar, O.P. First Bishop of the Philippines (1512-1594): A Study of His Life and Works, by Lucio Gutierrez, O.P., reveals the early years, milieu, student and missionary life of Domingo de Salazar, the Philippines’ first bishop and one of the key figures of the Church. It also gives valuable insights into …

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Into the storm: Immense tragedy, immense spirit

On Nov. 8, 2013, less than two months after becoming acquainted with Ed Lim on Facebook, our country was struck by one of the worst natural disasters in history. Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan), the strongest typhoon on record to ever make landfall, hit the Visayas. Approximately 6,300 people were killed, infrastructure and livelihood …

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Relative Finder: Saga after the storm (1)

This epic quest involves several families and spans locations from China’s Fujian province, to Hong Kong, and to the Philippine islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Despite extreme obstacles, each find is a result of unexpected but fortuitous happenings.Precedence My late father-in-law, Engr. Antonio B. Ty (鄭道党), is my role model in my relative-finder quests. …

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Experiences of racism and discrimination

In the Philippines, the 17th-18th century was marked by massacres and mass expulsions of the Chinese by Spanish colonial authorities. In the 19th century, anti-Chinese agitations and discrimination continued to mark the Spanish rule in the form of imposed taxes higher than other foreigners and locals. Likewise, restrictive travel passes required all Chinese to obtain …

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Chinese in Korea, PH: So alike, yet not quite

Ed’s note: Condensed and revised from the original paper presented at the 2015 Regional Conference organized by International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, with the theme “East Asia and the Chinese Overseas.” The full academic paper will appear in the upcoming issue of TCEA Journal. Like the Chinese in the Philippines, the Chinese …

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Luo Wenzao (羅文藻): Product of the Philippines – the first bishop of China

Evangelization, or the spread of Christianity, played a critical role in the colonization of the Philippines by the Spaniards. Unable to discover spices and gold in the islands, Spanish authorities had considered abandoning the colony. But the priests’ persuasion that the Philippines could be used as a stepping stone to propagate Christianity in China eventually …

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