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Notorious fake hero died 25 years ago


This September’s theme is Filipino heroism. We cheered Gilas’ courageous performance at the FIBA World Cup and saluted the way outgunned, outnumbered Filipino soldiers bravely faced off with extremist rebels in the Middle East.

Posted: September 15th, 2014 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

How Filipinos became heroes during the Holocaust

Rescue in the Philippines

It’s a little known piece of history – a side story on how a young nation halfway around the world saved thousands of lives deemed lost during the dark days of the Holocaust in Nazi Germany.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Congressional Medal campaign for Filipino World War II vets gains support

WWII vets

A team of American scholars who are experts in World War II history have joined a nationwide campaign to push the US government to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino WWII veterans, retired US Army Major General Antonio Taguba announced on Aug. 10 (Sunday in Manila).

Posted: August 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

After 69 years, a war medal for slain GI

In this July 31, 2014 photo, veteran John Trinca stands outside his home in Antioch Township, Illinois. Trinca was with US Army Pvt. Thomas Bateman, a soldier he had just met in the Philippines in 1945 in World War II when Bateman was killed from Japanese machine gun fire. The Purple Heart that Bateman paid for with his life became lost and was eventually found in the 1950s by Tom McAvoy as a kid in Chicago. Trinca will be on hand Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, when the Purple Heart will be returned to Bateman’s family in Grayslake, Illinois.  AP PHOTO/DAILY HERALD, PAUL VALADE

John Trinca couldn’t remember the name of the soldier who died right next to him minutes after they met during World War II, and all Thomas Bateman Jr. knew of his father’s death was that it happened in 1945 in the Philippines.

Posted: August 4th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Filipino ex-sex slaves demand justice from Japan

women activists join a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday June 25, 2014. A group of alleged Filipino "comfort women" demanded recognition following the announcement of the affirmation of the Kono statement as a result of the Japanese government investigation on the alleged World War II sexual slavery in Korea. AP

Filipino women forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II have marched to the Japanese Embassy to demand justice and to criticize President Benigno Aquino III’s silence on the issue during his recent visit to Japan.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »