“In some cases death came immediately; in others, after many days,” the historian Procopius wrote as a terrifying disease scythed through Constantinople in 542 AD. “With some, the body broke out with black pustules about as large as a lentil and these did not survive even one day, but all succumbed immediately. Vomiting of blood ensued in many, without visible cause, and immediately brought death.”
The Washington Post has a storied history as the house newspaper of the US political elite, and its journalists reported some of the 20th century’s biggest scoops, including the Watergate scandal.
Airborne laser technology has uncovered a network of roadways and canals, illustrating a bustling ancient city linking Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple complex.
By Carmel Matus
The Ad Standards Council (ASC) has recalled the clearance given for the airing of a TV commercial for a diaper, which had spoofed the Battle of Mactan as having been triggered by the gift of low quality diapers.
The identification of King Richard III’s skeleton is the latest coup by forensic scientists who use radiocarbon-dating, DNA analysis, 3D scanning and other hi-tech tools to unlock the secrets of the long-dead.
By Amadís Ma. Guerrero
The old Walled City of Manila was “four hundred years the flower & fruit,” rhapsodized the Manila-born National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin.
By Ernesto Ordoñez
Despite rapid technological developments in the communication sector, radio remains a powerful medium, particularly in rural Philippines.
By Charles E. Buban
When Neil Armstrong —who died on Aug. 25 at the age of 82—became the first man to set foot on the moon, he made everyone back on earth look up and stare at the familiar fixture in our night sky and for that brief moment the world was united in awe.
By the staff
Various stakeholders in the mining industry, from government agencies to private companies and civil society groups, have said there was room for “responsible mining” in “sustainable development.” Yet, they have also noted that what responsible mining meant would depend on who was talking.
By Theresa S. Samaniego
History has found a new home. Rising 19 stories high, the new Lopez Tower and Museum will house a collection of Filipiniana archival material encompassing 600 years of Philippine arts, history and culture.
By Cesar B. Bautista
Revolutions bring about dramatic changes to a nation’s history. They are fueled by the people’s desire for change. A revolution is caused by the will of the people to overthrow a dictator, establish a democracy and a stable economy. These changes, however, do not immediately cause the consequences that the people wish. The manifestation of the people’s hopes often takes years to be realized.
By Jesus P. Estanislao
The Philippines went through its transition from a dictatorship to an open democratic society in 1986. The road of transition has not been easy; it has not been short.