Shocking Facts about the Philippine Martial Law

It’s been 43 years since former President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law. We’ve learned some stuff about it during our history class at school but my further readings told me that there are many things we didn’t know about it and weren’t taught to us in class. Here are some of the most shocking facts about the Philippine Martial Law:

  • Former President Ferdinand Marcos was not the only president to declare martial law. In fact, it was Emilio Aguinaldo who first declared Martial Law making him not only the first president of the republic but also the country’s first dictator.
  • Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo also declared a Martial Law in Mindanao to investigate the Amputan Clan’s alleged private armies and weaponry.
  • Curfew was strictly imposed during the martial law and anyone who is caught walking the streets between 11pm-4am gets arrested and detained by the Metrocom or metropolitan.

Shocking Facts about the Philippine Martial Law

  • Little kids didn’t get to enjoy watching anime (Japanese animation) like Voltes V, Daimos or Mazinger Z. The government’s reason for banning these shows is that they’re too violent for little children to watch. Other says that it’s because the animes’ stories are about fighting an oppressive villain that’s why the Marcos regime didn’t want kids to watch it.
  • Theater became a potent vehicle for political expression. PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association) used their shows to express their sympathies against the government. They also taught local communities about theater.

Shocking Facts about the Philippine Martial Law

  • Senator Jose Diokno was known to be one of Marcos’ formidable foes alongside Senator Ninoy Aquino. After the successful overthrow of the Marcos regime, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Human Rights. However, during Cory’s regime and the infamous Mendiola massacre where the military opened fire and killed 15 farmers, he resigned from his position, disappointed that even after the dictator is gone, not much has changed.
  • During Martial Law, Meralco was under the control of the government that’s why the electric bill during that time was incredibly lower than what’s written on our bills today. After the Cory regime got rid of the Marcoses, she gave back the company to the Lopez’ and completely out of the government’s hands.
  • Public schools were normally supplied with NutriBun. a high-vitamin bun which was supposedly a complete, all-in-one meal. It only costs five centavos.
  • Although his wife Imelda was credited for building some of the country’s finest monuments, she was criticized for personal extravagance. She was called the iron butterfly of Asia because of her ability to make connections with other powerful people fast. She’s also as strong willed as her late husband.

Shocking Facts about the Philippine Martial Law

  • Imelda Marcos came up with the Green Revolution program which required students to bring and plant seeds and take care of the environment. Aside from this, they are also required to attend news programs.
  • After the 1986 people power, not much has changed and the Philippines still remained one of the poorest countries in Asia as opposed to our former title, The Tiger of Asia during Marcos’ regime.

Shocking Facts about the Philippine Martial Law

We all have different views about the Martial but one thing is for sure, it did change the entire nation and affected the generation that came after it.

The Real History behind Assassin’s Creed Games

 

                People who keep saying that playing video games does nothing but corrupt the brain and make you stupid clearly haven’t played Ubisoft’s most popular game, Assassin’s Creed. I’ve been playing the series for months now and the reason why it’s taking me a long time to finish one AC game is because I don’t want to rush such a masterpiece. You see, Assassin’s Creed is based on actual events in history and though some parts are fictional, the rest are fairly accurate. So for all you history nerds and video game aficionados out there, here are some of the real historical events featured in the Assassin’s Creed series:

The ‘Hashasins’ of Masyaf

The Real History behind Assassin’s Creed Games

                In the first installment of Assassin’s Creed, we follow the story of Altair Ibn La-Ahad, the master assassin of Masyaf who lived sometime in 1165-1257. Most of the story in the game occurred from 1189-92, the time which the Third Crusade took place. Now, the dates are accurate but did a secret order of Assassin’s existed during that time? Yes and they were called ‘Hashasins’. The Assassin’s guild, based at the castle of Masyaf, was established by Hassan-I Sabbah, a Persian missionary and philosopher. His assassins would target leaders, politicians and many influential people to give warnings to those who are planning to oppose him. They were also trained in martial arts and can blend with the crowd just like Altair.

They also do these killings in broad daylight to send a powerful message to the masses. Salāḥ ad-DīnYūsufibnAyyūb (better known as Saladin) who’s often mentioned in the game, is an actual Sultan who in real life, had problems with the assassins. Though he wasn’t assassinated, he backed off from fighting with them after an assassin left a dagger under his pillow that truly put him in his place.

The Knight Templars

The Real History behind Assassin’s Creed Games

                We now know that the Assassins were a real deal but what about their enemies, the Templars? Like the Assassin’s, the Templars were also written in history and was very active during the crusades. They were known as the Knight Templars and their original aim is to escort Pilgrims to the Holy Land. However, it soon grew into a military order that gained favors from very powerful people, including The Pope. Soon, corruption and murder overtook the knights and they were disbanded right after the crusades. Although, some people still claim that the organization still exists under a different name. Kind of like Abstergo Industries in the game, history books say they are long gone. Also, the appearance of the Templars in AC 1 were also historically accurate since most Templars works as guards, doctors and military leaders during that time.

Historical Characters

The Real History behind Assassin’s Creed Games

                Aside from Sultan Saladin, there were also a lot of real historical people scattered around the Assassin’s Creed universe. Most prominent is Rodrigo Borgia or most commonly known as Pope Alexander VI. In AC II, he was the main antagonist and if you think he’s evil in the game, he was reportedly so much worse in real life. He bought his way into papacy and was known to be a womanizer. He did whatever it takes to stay in power until he was poisoned in 1503. In the game, he was poisoned by his own son, Cesare (who’s also as bad in real life as his character in the game). Leonardo Da Vinci also appeared as EzioAuditore’soldest friend.

The Real History behind Assassin’s Creed Games

In AC III, George Washington gave aid to the assassin named Connor as he tried to free the US from the Templars. Black Beard, the legendary pirate king appeared in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. In the latest installment Assassin’s Creed Unity set in the midst of the French revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte assumed a very important role in the game.

                There are more historical Easter eggs hidden in the Assassin’s Creed universe and it adds to the fun trying to find and read all about it in history books. So, the next time you play AC, watch out for the real events and people in history in the game and it might just help you ace your exams.