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After Bretman Rock video, NHCP says dancing to national anthem violates flag law

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines posts a notice to the public following complaints over a video of vlogger Bretman Rock twerking to 'Lupang Hinirang'

BRETMAN ROCK. The beauty vlogger is called out by netizens after a deleted video of him dancing to the National Anthem reappears online. Screenshot from

NHCP chief reacts to ‘Elcano and Magellan’ film: ‘We will come up with our own narrative’

Nov 22, 2019 - 4:31 PM

A film on Lapulapu is being planned by the National Quincentennial Committee

HIGHLIGHTING LAPULAPU. Rene Escalante  (center) shares the National Quincentennial Committee's initiatives to highlight Lapulapu in the upcoming quincentennial celebrations. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Catriona Gray's national costume up for public viewing on Rizal Day

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Here's your chance to see the elaborate costume of Miss Universe 2018 up close

EXHIBIT. The national costume worn by Catriona Gray at the Miss Universe 2018 pageant is now in the custody of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Why the NHCP wanted to stop the Bonifacio flag sale

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The controversial sale has raised a lot of questions

CONTROVERSIAL SALE. The personal Katipunan flag of Andres Bonifacio is sold for P9.3 million – but not without controversy. Image of flag from Leon Gallery, Image of Bonifacio from Wikimedia Commons.

IN PHOTOS: Cars used by Philippine presidents now on display

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Check out the Chrysler Crown Imperial Limousine used by Elpidio Quirino, the Willys Jeep used by Ramon Magsaysay, and more in this first-of-its-kind museum

Presidential cars being displayed at the Museo ng Pangpangulong Sasakyan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City at the opening of the Museum during the 140th birth anniversary commemoration of the late President Manuel L. Quezon on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Historian Carmen Nakpil dies at 96

Jul 30, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Colleagues called Chitang Nakpil the "Grand Old Lady of Public History' for her long and numerous efforts to bring history closer to Filipinos

'NATIONAL TREASURE'. Chitang Nakpil was the chairman of the National Historical Commission in 1967-1971. Photo from the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila

NHCP calls shoe brand out for using Philippine flag on sneakers

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:44 PM

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines says the use of the elements of the Philippine flag by Love the World on the sneakers violates the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines

NHCP rejects bid to declare Lipa Carmelite Convent a nat'l historical landmark

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:48 AM

National Historical Commission of the Philippines Chairman Rene Escalante says the commission has no competency to validate and confirm the veracity of the apparitions that occurred at the site

MARIAN DEVOTION. Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Lipa City, Batangas. Photo via Shutterstock

How to sing PH national anthem, and display symbols in proposed flag code

Jun 30, 2017 - 2:25 PM

A House bill sets tougher penalties for improper singing of Lupang Hinirang as well as incorrect usage of the Philippine flag and other national symbols

RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac  RESPECT. Members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines wave Philippine flaglets during the Independence Day celebration on June 12. Photo by SM City Tarlac

SC allows Torre de Manila construction to continue

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:01 PM

3RD UPDATE The High Court says it found that there is no law that prohibits the construction of the challenged Torre de Manila

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada led the wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal Park in Manila Friday in celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal's 154th birth anniversary. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Rizal Memorial saved from demolition by NHCP

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED The National Historical Commission of the Philippines declares the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex a national historical landmark and saves it from the wrecking ball

SAVED. Rizal Memorial Sports Complex survived World War II, and will once again survive plans to demolish it. File photo by Bob Guerrero/

House bill seeks to conserve Gabaldon school buildings

Apr 16, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The measure aims to preserve the schoolhouses designed by American architect William Parsons and funded through Act Number 1801 by ex Philippine Assembly member Isauro Gabaldon

DESTROYED. Heritage Gabaldon schoolhouses in Aklan that were destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Leila de Lima, Marcos burial, Brazilian football team | Evening wRap

Nov 29, 2016 - 9:34 PM

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NHCP's Diokno resigns over Marcos burial

Nov 29, 2016 - 2:43 PM

4th UPDATE [The Marcos burial] denies our history erases the memory of lives lost and destroyed mocks the collective action we took to oust the dictator and denigrates the value of our struggle for freedom

DUTY. NHCP chairperson Maria Serena Diokno says there may have been failures too on the part of those who lived through martial law, to share their experiences.

NHCP to Duterte: Lead way to true healing, reconsider Marcos burial

Nov 11, 2016 - 5:39 PM

If healing is the aim then the wounds of the past are best dealt with by coming to terms with them fairly and squarely not by denying them deflating their effect or ignoring them altogether says NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno

LAST RESORT. Only President Rodrigo Duterte can stop the state interment of the former president Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

House approves bill declaring Jan 23 as 1st Philippine Republic Day

Oct 31, 2016 - 11:10 AM

The NHCP says the short lived First Philippine Republic still catapulted the Filipino nation onto the world s consciousness

PINOY PRIDE. In this file photo, Philippine honor guards hoist a giant Philippine flag during the 119th death anniversary of national hero Jose Rizal at the Luneta Park in Manila on December 30, 2015. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SC orals on Marcos burial: Issues and answers

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM

On Wednesday morning August 31 the Supreme Court hears arguments on the petitions filed by Martial Law victims to stop the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

MARCOS BURIAL. The Supreme Court will hold its oral arguments on Wednesday, August 24, to resolve whether the late President Ferdinand Marcos deserves a slot at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

NHCP chair on Marcos burial: Dealing with past part of moving on

Aug 21, 2016 - 4:00 PM

There also seems to be an incongruence with history in allowing the burial of ex president Ferdinand Marcos at a heroes cemetery says chairperson Maria Serena Diokno

NHCP chairperson Maria Serena Diokno

Army prepares military honors for Marcos

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:09 AM

The Philippine Army has already designated a protocol officer who will coordinate with the Marcos family on the details of the planned burial

History and law go against Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

Aug 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Courts are required to take judicial notice of the political history of the Philippines without needing further evidence Findings that Marcos wartime military records are fake therefore settle the matter

NOT JUST PRESIDENT. Department of National Defense Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong says that the late President Marcos also served as the secretary of the DND.

Museo Pambata: Are we having casino for a neighbor?

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED Nina Lim Yuson president of the children s museum raises the alarm again that building a gaming casino in a heritage building like the Army Navy Club violates the National Cultural Heritage Act

CASINO? Will a casino also rise at the site of the historic Army Navy Club? File photo (L) from Museo Pambata website; Screenshot (R) from Yuson's video

Historical commission slams Madonna for using PH flag in concert

Feb 26, 2016 - 5:54 PM

An official of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines says the pop icon violated the law on proper flag handling

DRAPED. Popstar Madonna wears the Philippine flag as a cape in this part of her performance in Manila. Photo by Nicole Reyes/Rappler

DPWH scraps plans to move Anda Monument

Feb 05, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Following an outcry from heritage conservationists the DPWH will no longer push through with its proposal to convert Anda Circle into an intersection

MONUMENT. The Anda Monument is the centerpiece of the Anda Circle in Bonifacio Drive, Manila. Photo posted by user The Avenger

Order DMCI to demolish Torre de Manila, SolGen asks SC

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:15 AM

The Solicitor General says DMCI should demolish Torre de Manila at its own expense for violating both local zoning laws and the Constitution

PHOTOBOMBER? The Torre de Manila residential project is seen rising behind the monument of national hero Jose Rizal. Rappler photo

NHCP: Manila should enact laws to protect Rizal Monument

Sep 01, 2015 - 6:49 PM

The NHCP says local governments are in the best position to impose building height restrictions and other rules that would protect historical landmarks

PHOTOBOMBER? The NHCP says it urged local governments to enact ordinances and zoning regulations to protect cultural artifacts and monuments. Rappler photo

Pia Cayetano calls on Maris Diokno to quit over Torre issue

Aug 24, 2015 - 1:45 PM

The senator says NHCP chair Maria Serena Diokno should resign if she cannot defend the Rizal Monument which heritage advocates say is under threat from the controversial Torre de Manila high rise building

'NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER.' Heritage advocates have slammed the 49-story building for ruining the view of the historic Rizal Monument. Rappler photo

SolGen no longer NHCP counsel in Torre de Manila case

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:58 PM

The Solicitor General says continuing to represent the NHCP would compromise the statutory duty to articulate a legal argument that will best serve its ultimate client the Republic

NO LONGER NHCP COUNSEL. The Solicitor General will no longer represent the NHCP in the case against the controversial Torre de Manila project. Rappler Rappler

Applications for 1st National Youth Forum on Heritage extended until Sept 25

Aug 15, 2015 - 3:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The 1st National Youth Forum on Heritage will be composed of 80 delegates

NHCP hits SolGen for reversing position on Torre de Manila

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:49 PM

But the National Historical Commission of the Philippines has itself flipflopped on the issue saying that since Torre de Manila cannot possibly obstruct the front view of the said National Monument

CONTROVERSIAL CONDOMINIUM. The NHCP slams the Solicitor General for backtracking on his earlier position on the Torre de Manila debate. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Z. Saludes/ Mark Z. Saludes/

SolGen now declares Torre de Manila illegal

Aug 04, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Reversing an earlier position the Solicitor General is now saying Torre de Manila should be demolished

The Supreme Court (SC) hears the oral argument against Torre de Manila filed by the Knights of Rizal on July 21, 2015 Mark Z. Saludes/ Mark Z. Saludes/

SC justice on Torre de Manila: Gov't guidelines have no legal weight

Jul 21, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Justice Francis Jardeleza says the National Historical Commission of the Philippines guidelines on monuments were never published to have the effect of a law

SC Asssociate Justice Antonio Carpio presides the oral argument on the Torre de Manila case in the absence of Chief Justice Sereno. (c) MZSaludes

July 21 oral arguments on Torre de Manila to proceed

Jul 20, 2015 - 8:19 PM

The Supreme Court is hearing a case filed by the Knights of Rizal seeking to have a condominium demolished because it threatens the visual dominance of the Rizal Monument

'NATIONAL PHOTOBOMBER.' The Torre de Manila is seen behind the Rizal Shrine during the commemoration of Rizal Day in December 2014. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

NCCA to DMCI: P20M Torre de Manila lawsuit 'ridiculous'

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:50 AM

The NCCA says the developer of the controversial high rise building did not stop construction when it issued a cease and desist order in January

PHOTOBOMBING CONDO. President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the flag raising ceremonies for the commemoration of the 188th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jose Rizal at the Rizal National Monument in Rizal Park on December 30, 2014. At the back stands an unfinished condominium which as gained opposition among heritage advocates. Photo by Malacañang

One year after: Pre-restoration almost done for Bohol, Cebu churches

Oct 15, 2014 - 6:16 PM

EXCLUSIVE The National Historical Commission provides a report on the status of 26 earthquake damaged structures in Bohol and Cebu

NHCP: Anda monument's transfer for its own safety

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Amidst plans of the public works department to replace Anda Circle with an ordinary intersection to ease traffic the historical commission says the monument is safer somewhere else

MONUMENT. The Anda Monument is the centerpiece of the Anda Circle in Bonifacio Drive, Manila. Photo posted by user The Avenger

NHCP celebrates Bonifacio @ 150

Nov 22, 2013 - 9:37 PM

Here s a list of activities to honor the 150th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio on November 30

Court stops Taal Basilica project

Nov 15, 2013 - 10:21 AM

A Taal court temporarily suspends the construction of a controversial events venue beside a National Historical Landmark

STOPPED. Though construction of the Jubilee Hall's first level has already begun, the Taal Regional Trial Court has ordered its temporary suspension. Photo from Melvyn Calderon

NHCP backs off from Torre de Manila issue

Nov 06, 2013 - 12:54 PM

The National Historical Commission now approves of the controversial Torre de Manila project that threatens to mar the Rizal Shrine sightline

NO TO CONDO. Petitioners who want the construction of DMCI Homes' Torre de Manila refer to the condominium as 'Terror de Manila.' Image from 'NO to DMCI's "Terror de Manila"' Facebook page

Artist, priest fight over Taal Basilica project

Oct 31, 2013 - 11:18 AM

Sculptor Ramon Orlina opposes an events venue being built beside the historic church in his hometown of Taal

HERITAGE GEM. The authenticity and beauty of the Taal Basilica may be threatened by the construction of an events venue on its left side. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Cultural agencies to restore damaged heritage structures

Oct 15, 2013 - 5:36 PM

A team of experts that will be formed and will visit the sites starting October 17 with mobilization fund from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts

HERITAGE IN DANGER. The bell tower of the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Bohol is in ruins. Photo by Robert Michael Poole

Carcar City in Cebu: From heritage town to heritage zone?

Sep 28, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Preservation of Carcar s landmarks will help foster tourism in the city

PRESERVE. This Rotunda was one of the landmarks threatened in 2002 by a road project. Photo by Wikimedia Commons/User dbgg1979

NHCP honors Mabini, Bonifacio on Heroes' Day

Jul 31, 2013 - 9:16 PM

The Philippines celebrates National Heroes day August 26 This year the focus is on two heroes who lived exactly 150 years ago Mabini and Bonifacio

Ways to celebrate Bonifacio at 150

Jul 31, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From a ballet rock concert to a fiesta in Bonifacio Global City here are activities leading up to the hero s birth anniversary

CELEBRATING A HERO. Independence and nationalism were Andres Bonifacio's gifts to his beloved Philippines

What to do with Manila?

Oct 11, 2012 - 2:19 PM

Heritage conservation and cultural tourism are global trends And the Philippines should not be left behind

Why Rizal's nickname is Pepe

Jun 19, 2012 - 3:18 PM

The origins of Jose Rizal s nickname and other trivia about the national hero s childhood