We Were Indios: A Short History on Becoming Filipinos

When the Spanish explorer and priest Ruy López de Villalobos reached the archipelago in 1544 he named it Las Islas Filipinas (The Philippine Islands) in honour of Prince Philip of Spain who will later become King Philip II (Rey Felipe II de España). He was the same king who sent the mighty Spanish Armada to conquer England …

5 “Black Panther” connections to the Filipino Culture

Black Panther and the Filipino artistry

Filipino Marvel fans may have raved the greatness of its latest movie, the “Black Panther”. But did you know that the movie has an embedded Filipino connection to it? Yes, you read it right, the blockbuster Hollywood film starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler has Pinoy connection. And those true blue Filipinos who has …

Francisco Rodriguez: British Spy or Banking Pioneer?

Back in the days when Spain ruled the Philippines, the locals or the natives were called ‘Indios’ and not Filipinos. Spaniards who were born in the Philippines were the ‘Filipinos.’ This means that anything Filipino was identifiably Spanish. One such Filipino was Francisco Rodriguez (1790-1857), a wealthy gentleman who founded the first privately-owned financial company in …

13 year-old Pinay wows Ireland Got Talent judges

Shaniah Rollo shows her true colors in singing

Another Filipina is making Pinoys proud after earning her spot in the next round of Ireland’s Got Talent. 13-year old Shaniah Llane Rollo wowed Ireland’s Got Talent judges giving her 4-way standing ovation along with the audience. Based in Dublin, Ireland, the Pinay kid sang her rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s classic “True Colors”. Originally from …

Harvard Alumni unveils wonderful things about the Philippines

Nuseir Yassin is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Economics and Computer Science. This 25-year old Arab-Israeli leaves his six-figure job at Venmo as a software engineer to live his passion. Last year, this vlogger established Nas Daily page on Facebook that features a one minute videos on different topics ranging from oldest …

Filipina singer defeats Jessie J in China’s singing competition

KZ Tandingan shines in Singer 2018

Filipina singer KZ Tandingan was well embraced by the Chinese audience in the latest episode of the Chinese singing competition “Singer 2018”. The Philippine’s Soul Supreme emerged on top of the competition after beating world-renowned music artist Jessie J who stayed in the number 2 position. Not only did KZ Tandingan beat Jessie J and …