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August 1, 1944: The Death of a President

On one of the upper floors of this building, the old Philippine Chancery, the following scene took place exactly 73 years ago today, according to Carlos Romulo: “On the morning of August first, the President’s chief of staff General Valdes, called me from Saranac to tell me that the President has just died. I went […]

Two Presidents at the Union Station

We visited Union Station a few days ago and we think we found the exact spot where US President Franklin Roosevelt welcomed Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon and his family in May 1942. President Quezon, other Commonwealth officials, and their families were in exile in DC during the Second World War. (Photo credit: Quezon Family […]

USS Maine

We visited Annapolis, MD the other day (about 30 miles east of DC) and saw the foremast of the USS Maine on display on the grounds of the US Naval Academy. (The main mast is at the Arlington National Cemetery.) The sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor on February 15, 1898 and the […]

Manila House on Positively Filipino

Titchie’s article on the Manila House published in this week’s issue of Positively Filipino!http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/the-manila-house-in-washington-dc Juliana (center) and Rudolfo Panganiban (far right) with friends in front of the Manila House, 1944. (Source:┬áThe Rita M. Cacas Filipino American Community Archives Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, Maryland)

Manila House

In 2013, we visited the site of the Manila House. It was an amazing experience to walk in the same rooms described by Bienvenido Santos in his short story, “Manila House.” Since then we have learned more fascinating stories about this place–once the center of community life among Filipinos and Filipino Americans in DC–and together […]

The Berth of an Empire

On the Berth Deck of the USS Olympia, the crew ate and slept (of the 400+ crew members, according to one sign we saw, some 200+ men slept in hammocks on this deck). The sign also said that at various points in the USS Olympia’s history (1892-1922), this deck had a dentist’s office, a laundry […]

The Battle of Manila Bay

A few years ago we visited the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. The Museum features the USS Olympia, Admiral Dewey’s flagship. We saw the exact spot where Dewey stood on May 1, 1898–119 years ago today–and said to the captain, “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley”. With these words, the Battle of Manila […]