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May 17, 2022 21 mins
"Marcos, Martial Law, EDSA, and the Tasaday Tribe" BLAST FROM THE PAST (feat. Amiel "Cortz" Cortes) An Excerpt: Season 1, Episode 02, Rated-PG13 "Lay Back" | Music by Brian Withycombe SPONSORED BY: Studio Historias, Broadcasting & Multimedia Productions AMIEL "Cortz" CORTES is a Cebu-based Historical Researcher & Consultant. He graduated with a degree in AB History at the University of San Carlos, Philippines in 2015, and worked as a Program Officer for Research at the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation where he contributed as a Principal Researcher, Indexer, Editorial Assistant, and Field Researcher for various local and regional events, exhibits, academic publications, and projects. The PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION (also known as the "EDSA Revolution") was a series of nonviolent political demonstrations in February 1986 as a civil resistance campaign against violence and electoral fraud under the 21-year Marcos regime. EDSA is a limited-access, circumferential highway in the Philippines. It is an acronym for "Epifanio de los Santos Avenue," and is considered as the longest and most congested highway in Metro Manila; stretching at about 23.8 km in length. FERDINAND EMMANUEL EDRALIN MARCOS SR was the 10th and 11th president of the Philippines, as well as the 3rd Prime Minister, from 1965 to 1986. He ruled under Martial Law from 1972 until 1981, but retained powers as the country's dictator until the People Power/EDSA Revolution in 1986. The TASADAY TRIBE is a controversial indigenous group living in the Lake Sebu area in Mindanao, Philippines, and are considered to belong to the Lumad group, the Austronesian indigenous peoples in the southern part of the country. The controversy started in 1971 when Manuel Elizalde Jr of the Presidential Assistant on National Minorities (PANAMIN)—a former Philippine government agency created to protect the interests of indigenous peoples—initially reported to the Smithsonian Institution to inform the world of an isolated group of primitive hunter-gatherers living in caves. The report garnered so much global attention that it attracted various specialists, professionals, and scientists to conduct preliminary investigative and academic work. In 1972, the Marcos administration then established a 19,000-hectare rainforest reservation that surrounded the caves of the Tasaday tribe. Two years later, visitors were then required to obtain special permits; therefore, prohibiting further interaction. In the aftermath of the EDSA Revolution in 1986, Swiss anthropologist and journalist Oswald Iten, among others, debunked the existence of the "Stone Age" cave dwellers when Tasaday tribesmen confessed that they were, in fact, a mixed group of Manobos and Tbolis lumads who acted as cave-dwelling, stone-tool using primitives in exchange for land and money as promised by PANAMIN. Read the full paper by Lawrence Reid presented to the World Archaeology Congress in 1994 at DESCRIPTION: Podcast Historias with @alpheccaperpetua • Presented/Hosted by Alphecca Perpetua • Arranged, Mixed, and Mastered by Alphecca Perpetua • Produced by Alphecca Perpetua & Brent Kohnan • Distributed by Studio Historias • • Cebu, Philippines 6000 • All Rights Reserved © 2022 DISCLAIMER: The assumptions, views, opinions, and insinuations made by the host and guests do not reflect those of the show, the management, and the companies affiliated. A few information in this podcast episode may contain errors or inaccuracies; we do not make warranty as to the correctness or reliability of the content. If you think you own the rights to any of the material used and wish for the material not be used, please contact Studio Historias via email at
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