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Philippine Culture and Arts in Washington DC: Reflections by Virgilio Almario

Erwin had an interesting conversation with NCCA Chair and National Artist Virgilio Almario about Filipino artists with links to Washington. DC. Thanks to the US-Philippine Society and the Philippine Embassy for organizing this event!   Advertisements

June 11 Discussion about Philippine Art in Washington, DC

Erwin will be discussing Philippine art in Washington, DC with NCCA Chair and National Artist Virgilio Almario on June 11 at the Philippine Embassy. Details here:  

Music Among the Ruins of World War II

We have just acquired an original program featuring the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in one of their post-war Manila concerts in 1945. (Several names in the program are familiar and have appeared here on our POPDC page on various occasions.) The MSO famously played in the middle of the rubble of Santa Cruz Church in […]

Media Mentions: PODC in the Manila Mail and Philippine Daily Inquirer

POPDC was mentioned in Jon Melegrito’s Manila Mail article about our walking tour with Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Senator Loren Legarda. POPDC’s Suffrage Exhibit was also mentioned in Teresa De Veyra-Montilla’s letter to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Teresa is the granddaughter of Sofia de Veyra, one of the leaders of the Philippine suffrage movement and […]

Remembering Clemencia Lopez

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we remember Clemencia Lopez of Batangas, who came to the US in 1902 near the end of the Philippine-American War to meet with US President Theodore Roosevelt and and ask for the release of her brothers who were imprisoned by the US military. On May 29, 1902, she spoke […]

The Philippine-American War featured at the Smithsonian

This afternoon we visited the tiny section on the Philippine- American War in the “Wars of Expansion” Section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The exhibit features a “homemade Philippine rifle”, Filipino sandals, a Krag-Jorgenson rifle (the “standard issue infantry weapon” during the Philippine-American War), a flag used by Muslim revolutionaries, and a […]


The easiest Valentine’s Day post to write is probably on the history of heartbreak in DC: the unhappy love story of Douglas MacArthur and Isabel Rosario Cooper (early 1930s), the broken engagement of Nina Thomas and Manuel Quezon (around 1916-1917), and the story (circa 1905) of the Sultan of Sulu and Alice Roosevelt, the headstrong […]