-That blood compacts during Spanish times were made by drawing blood from the chest, not the arm? Blood compacts, which signified a peace treaty between the Spaniards and the natives, were done by drawing blood from an incision made below the breast. It signifies the participants’ willingness to defend each other’s lives. It also showed a great deal of trust both parties placed on each other.
-That Jose Rizal was suspected as the Jack the Ripper? They say that when Rizal left London to publish a book, it was exactly the same time the murders stopped.
-That it was not Fernando Poe Sr. who was the model for the UP Oblation created by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino. It was fashioned from not one but two people: Anastacio Caedo, Tolentino’s student and assistant, and Virgilio Raymundo, Tolentino’s brother-in-law. To create the Oblation, Tolentino used Caedo’s physique and Raymundo’s proportions.
-That historical figures Ernest Hemingway, Indira Gandhi, Robert Ripley of Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward the Prince of Wales, and Charles Lindbergh had visited the Philippines?
-That it was once legal to execute minors under Philippine law? Marcial “Baby” Ama was only 16 years old when he was executed on the electric chair. At the time, the law considered 16 and 14 as the legal ages for men and women, respectively.
These are just a glimpse of what’s inside the book, a must-have for every Filipino eager to learn more but do not have the luxury of time to read thick history books. In fact, this book would inspire you to read more about our history, our culture.