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June 21, 2022 5 mins
Podcast Producer Alphecca Perpetua asked Resident Historian Amiel "Cortz" Cortes if the 1986 EDSA Revolution and the 2022 Philippine Elections results were both contrasting historical events, and found that the two weren't as different and weren't as ironic from 16th to 19th-century Las Islas Filipinas after all; with cities, municipalities, and towns still ruled and governed by the same Principalía (or ruling Mestizo Class) now simply known as the "Politician-Elect". He added, "I was using these families as examples that not much has changed in the Philippine society since the Spanish period. How our society is run is simply dictated by the choices of a very few wealthy elite families. The Principalía of the 1800s pretty much dictated how their local communities were governed. Fast forward to today, we are still slaves to the choices of a few wealthy families who may or may not come from the Principalía of old. This idea came from Alfred McCoy in his book, 'An Anarchy of Families: State and Family in the Philippines.' A must-read especially in these [trying] times." ABOUT THE EPISODE "The Missing Irony: Philippine Revolutions & its Elections Results" • CORTZ UNCUT: The 124th Philippine Independence Day Special • Season 3, Episode 33, Rated-PG13 • 69 Questions with #CORTZ Sponsored by Studio Historias, a production service for podcasts, radio, and other online shows. Go to to learn more. ABOUT THE GUEST 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 other projects. ABOUT THE HOST ALPHECCA PERPETUA is a Filipino KBP-accredited radio broadcaster who executively produces podcast shows, radio programs, and small-stage live events. An undergraduate student for the Marine Biology degree program at the University of San Carlos in 2004, she shifted focus and specialization to radio presenting and audio production for both Contemporary-Hit and Rock Radio format treatments as well as live-events hosting starting late 2005. In 2008, she was among the chosen national top 80 participants for I-Witness's first docufest, an award-winning PH documentary TV show for GMA-7 News TV and GMA broadcast network. Today, she continues to develop and co-produce global TOP-100 podcast shows for Entertainment, B2B, and the Fortune 500; including the seasonal Cebu-based Comedy Talk & Interviews, "Podcast Historias". ABOUT THE SHOW 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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