Basta Pinas, Exciting ang Kasaysayan

The Basta Pinas Correspondents delve into hometown histories that you aren't likely to learn in the classroom.

By TravelBook
July 25, 2011

The Philippines is a beautiful country with an exciting history. It's been lamented that Filipinos don't honor the past enough, in fact forgetting it almost immediately. A lot of people find history--especially our history--boring. This is probably partly because we don't know just how exciting our history really is, containing enough drama, suspense, and action to rival most films.

This week, our Basta Pinas Correspondents talk about their hometown histories, but not the kind you read in textbooks. This is the stuff you won't learn about in classrooms, the stuff that teachers forget to mention in their lessons. It is also the stuff that adds color to Philippine history, bits and pieces that may not be epic battles, but little events that add color to our already interesting past.

Today, Anson Yu pays a visit to a museum that chronicles the succession of our country's Head of State. Tomorrow, Macky Calo takes it upon himself to find the whereabouts of one of Agusan's most celebrated buried treasures. On Wednesday, Ian Casocot weaves a tale of Dumaguete's past. On Thursday, Frank Cimatu lets us in on some of Baguio City's historical places that are off-limits to the public. On Friday, Althea Ricardo writes about two Cebuano arts that have to do with honor and warfare. And on Saturday, Lyra Santos tells us how Ilocos came to be divided into Norte and Sur.

It's another exciting week on Basta Pinas.


Kaya Basta Pinas, Biyahe Na!