Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 18, 2008

Ang University of Al-Karaouine

… located in Fes, Morocco. Founded in 859, the university is one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the Muslim world and is considered the oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 18, 2008

Ang AYALA Corp.

CEO Jaime Augusto Zóbel de Ayala II

… is one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines, is also the oldest existing company around. It was established in 1834 by sugar barons Domingo Roxas and Antonio de Ayala. It was later renamed as Casa Ayala, then as Ayala y Compania and recently as Ayala Corp.

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Ang Filipino-Americans

… ay ang unang asian na nakatungtong sa America? Nag-settle sila sa tinatawag na Saint Malo sa State ng Louisiana noong 1763.  Napadpad sila dun noong panahon ng Manila Galleon Trade.

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Ang Alamat ng Panda

… ay tungkol sa kung paano nakuha ng panda yung kanyang kulay. According sa chinese legend, noong una ang kulay talaga ng panda ay puti lang. Isang araw pumagita yung isang batang babae sa isang panda at isang leopard na nagaaway. Sinubukang tulungan ng batang babae ung kawawang panda gamit yung pamalong kawayan. Ung leopard naman eh hindi nasaktan kaya binaling nya yung galit nya sa bata. Sa kabayanihang ginawa ng bata nailigtas nya yung panda kaso namatay sya.

Lahat ng panda ay pumunta sa burol ng bilang ganti sa katapangang ginawa ng bata. Nagsuot sila ng black armbands bilang pakikiramay. Yung itim na tinta ng mga armbands nila ay nabasa dahil sa mga iyak nila. Nang punasan nila yung mga mata nila kumapit yung kulay at pati nung nagyakapan sila kumulay din pati sa mga likod nila. At nang sa lakas ng iyak nila tinakpan nila yung mga tenga nila kaya nagkakulay din.

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Manila never before seen

Kahit ako na-amazed dito. First time ko nakita tong mga pictures ng old manila where i grow. Hindi ko pa to nakita kahit saang history books na nabasa ko. Tignan nyo.

The city of Manila. Oil painting on the inside of a wooden chest, circa 1640-50. Museo de Arte Jose Luis Bello, Puebla. Mexico. After the 1645 earthquake Manila was reconstructed. By the end of the 17th century, Intramuros had some six hundred houses that were protected by its stone walls.

The city of Manila. AGI Manila was undoubtedly the center of the port life of the Philippines, and shared this task with the naval arsenal of Cavite; they were, in a sense, complementary cities.

The Castle of Santiago in the city of Manila. Juan de Ciscara. 1714. AGI The Santiago fortress was built between 1596 and 1602 on the land promontory between the sea and the Pasig River, and was the most important fortification built in Manila. The walls encircling the city started at this point.

Manila Bay. Rafael Cerero. 1888. SGE Corregidor Island divides the entrance to the bay into two channels: one is the “Boca Chica”, which separates the island from Punta Lasirí, and the other is “Boca Grande”, which separates Pulo Caballo and Punta Restringa. Twenty-five miles ahead of them is the city of Manila.

Ground plan of a fortress in Manila. AGI Luzon was the best defended island. From its beginnings, Manila attempted to fortify itself as it was a strategically important point on the route linking China with Cádiz.

View of the bay and the city of Manila. Engraving made by Francisco Javier de Herrera. 1818. SHM The beautiful bay of Manila with its limpid waters was admired by all travelers and seamen putting into port on the coasts of the island of Luzon. It was used as an anchorage by the ships arriving from the principal trading center of Asia and America.

View of the city of Manila from Bagumbayan. Engraving made by Esteve. 1818. SHM In 1581, ten years after its founding, Manila received the title of “Insigne” (noble) and “Leal” (loyal), and became an episcopal seat under the control of Mexico after the proclamation of a papal bull.

The Pasig River in the city of Manila. Fernando Brambila. Collection of drawings and engravings made on the Malaspina Expedition. 1789-1794. MN The city of Manila was founded near to the mouth of the great Pasig River, which was navigable as far as its source at the Laguna de Bay. Up until the 19th century, only one stone-built bridge connected the fortified precinct with the districts on the opposite bank.

source: A “Well-Ordered” City Emerges, Manila

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Ang Diamond Sutra

… ay ang oldest known printed book with a date of 868.

The Chinese Diamond Sutra, the oldest known dated printed book in the world, printed in the 9th year of Xiantong Era of the Tang Dynasty.

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Ang Emperor ng Japan

… ay siya nalang ang gumagamit ng titolong emperor (tennō) na nakaupo sa trono sa buong mundo? Si Akihito sa ngayon ang emperor ng Japan. Siya ay nasa trono pagkatapos mamatay ang kanyang tatay nuong 1989.

Siya ay ang ika-125th emperor ng Japan. He is the 21st most senior monarch or lifelong leader.

Sa Japan, hindi tinatawag sa sariling pangalan ang emperor but rather is he referred to as “His Imperial Majesty the Emperor” (tennō heika), which may be shortened to “His Imperial Majesty” (heika). In writing, the emperor is also referred to formally as “The Reigning Emperor” (kinjō tennō). The Era of Akihito’s reign bears the name “Heisei”, and according to custom he will be renamed “Emperor Heisei”

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Sa Japan

… ay may paniniwala na kapag nakuha mo daw ang suklay na nakatapat sayo ang mga ngipin nito, mamalasin ka daw ng buong araw!

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Ang Tale of Genji

… ay ang world’s first novel? the first romance novel, or the first novel to still be considered a classic? Sinulat ito ni Lady Murasaki Shikibu noong ika-11 siglo.

Posted by: Ka-Bert | July 17, 2008

Ang Femur

… ay ang pinakamahaba, pinakamabigat, at pinaka matibay na buto sating katawan?

ang average na Femur ng isang tao ay 48 centimeters (19 in) in length and 2.34 cm (0.92 in) in diameter at kayang suportahan 30 times the weight of an adult.

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