Category: Footnotes to History

Renato Perdon: My Crazy Younger Days

(By Renato Perdon, reprinted from his book “The Life and Times of Perdon Family”) The dictum that ‘We count the days of our years only when the end is near’  currently preoccupied my waking times. Anyone who looks back at…
Singer Pete Cruzado’s Enduring Marriage

Filipino-Australian mixed marriages, more often than not, we refer to a Filipino woman marrying an Australian man and the usual discourse is that this kind of union is doomed to fail. Studies have proven that this is not so; many…
The chaotic presidential election of 1986

BY RENATO PERDON – Towards the end of its twenty year rule of the Philippines, including the dreaded Martial Law period, the Marcos administration was having trouble. People started to show their disgust and displeasure as the Marcos family continued…
Beginnings of the Colombo Plan

BY RENATO PERDON  – THE COLD WAR and the threat of communist in Asia and the Pacific were taken seriously by Australia during the onset of the 1950s. The emerging independent nations of Asia were vulnerable and suffering from poverty,…
British Pillaged, Looted Manila for 40 hours

When I wrote an article about the British Invasion of Manila in 1762, I purposely did not touch on a subject that is dear to me — early historical and cultural materials overseas. I am referring to the historical and…
Looking for my half-brother Arturo

In my research for my book The Life and Times of Perdon Family, I found out a number of questions which I deemed time  and further researches will eventually provide the answers.  They refer, in particular, to the life of my…

They never returned  home But like the rest of the Filipino exhibits of people, animals and objects, Markod never returned home. Fuentes, in retelling the story of his grandfather, believes that there is a larger story behind the disappearance of…

Historically, the Tausugs consider themselves superior to the Samals and regard their group as the true Muslims of the area. They believe they descended from the old nobility. Unusual bravery and high respect for power and authority traditionally reinforced these…