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7 Creepiest Photos From Philippine History

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by aregee, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. There’s more to Please or Register to view links than boring facts and useless details. In fact, it is full of twists, mysteries and everything nice–just like our typical evening telenovelas.

    El Renacimiento Filipino, for example, was brimming with some of the most morbid pictures imaginable. From unusual deformities to recuerdos de patay (cadaver photos), this pre-war magazineis a must-have for every curious Filipino.

    Here are just some Please or Register to view links showing the dark, macabre side of Philippine history:

    “Gone Too Soon”
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    Portrait of a dead child. (Source: Prof. Ambeth Ocampo)

    Our ancestors put so much importance to the departed. During the Please or Register to view links, for instance, Americans consider postmortem photographs as an important part of their culture. They even put these images in their lockets or distribute them to friends and relatives.

    Soon, Filipinos followed suit. In fact, grieving families usually hired photographers or painters to capture their loved one’s final moments. Teodora Alonzo, Paciano Rizal, and Mariano Ponce each had their own recuerdos de patay. The dead child photo above may not be as popular but still succeeds in reminding us of our own mortality.

    “The Human Octopus”
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    A child with his “parasitic twin”. (Source: Prof. Ambeth Ocampo)

    This fascinating photo is another gem from the defunct magazine El Renacimiento Filipino. It shows a child with a rare medical condition called Craniopagus parasiticus. This happens when conjoined twins fail to separate in the uterus. As a result, one of the twins die and reabsorbed, leaving only a few body parts intact at the time of delivery.

    Also known as “parasitic twin”, this is the same condition that has affected Please or Register to view links, a former circus performer. Now in his early 60’s, Rudy is the oldest person in history to ever live with such deformity.

    “Farewell, Emilio Jacinto”
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    The Death of Emilio Jacinto. (Source: Prof. Ambeth Ocampo)

    Perhaps you have already seen portraits of Emilio Jacinto plastered in post cards and notebooks before. Surprisingly, his first and only existing photo was actually his last one.

    Also known as the “Brains of the Katipunan”, Emilio Jacinto died of malaria at the tender age of 23. At that time, people in Nueva Ecija was also accustomed to the ritual of taking postmortem photographs.

    Shown in the picture above is the stiff remains of Emilio Jacinto in front of his grieving friends and family. Catalina de Jesus, the woman sitting on the second row (second from left), was Jacinto’s widow. It is believed that both married under Katipunan rites. Catalina, who hailed from Pampanga, was also pregnant at the time of Jacinto’s death.

    “Water Cure”
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    Members of the 35th U.S. Volunteer Infantry Regiment administering “water cure” to a helpless Filipino insurgent. (Source: philippineamericanwar.webs.com)

    “Water cure” was a rampant torture method during the Philippine-American War. President Roosevelt even bragged that Please or Register to view linkswhen American soldiers used it against Filipino insurgents. Or so he thought.

    Truth be told, “water cure” is an inhumane and potentially fatal method of punishment. It was done by forcing a large bamboo stick to a person’s mouth. Gallons of water would then be poured down his throat, causing the stomach to bloat. If the person still refuses to answer, somebody would forcibly push the water out of his mouth. Only half of the torture victims managed to survive.

    “The Corpse of Casa Gorordo”
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    Bishop Juan Bautista Gorordo lay in state. (Source: Prof. Ambeth Ocampo)

    The Gorordos, who own Casa Gorordo Museum, were among Cebu’s most influential families during the Spanish era. In fact, Bishop Juan Bautista Perfecto Gorordo (the corpse shown above) served as Cebu’s first Filipino bishop. He died in 1934 and was laid to rest using the traditional practices of that era.

    And in case you’re wondering, the cloth encircling Bishop Gorordo’s head was purely for sanitary purposes. It stopped insects from entering his mouth and also prevented possible bacterial transmission.

    “Hanging at Caloocan”
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    Two Filipino doctors are checking the limp bodies for signs of life. (Source:

    Seeing an actual execution can be a spine-chilling experience you’ll never forget. So just imagine how the scene above would make you feel if you witnessed it firsthand.

    The photo (circa 1900) is just one of the gruesome moments perpetuated by the Please or Register to view links. The conflict between American soldiers and Filipino insurgents lasted from 1899 to 1902. It all started when a Please or Register to view links was shot by an American patrol on February 4, 1899. Soon, Aguinaldo’s plan to build an independent nation backfired, resulting into a three-year conflict that brought thousands of fatality.

    “Giant Snake”
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    A giant snake, killed and skinned by US soldiers. (Source: Prof. Ambeth Ocampo)

    Who says Philippines is only home to Please or Register to view links? Measuring 29 feet and 7 inches long, the big snake above was captured in the Philippine islands during the early 1900’s.

    The caption describes the animal as a “boa constrictor” which was obviously skinned and all its meat already removed. However, boa constrictors are more common in South America where it can grow up to 13 feet. It could be a species of Please or Register to view links, considered endemic to Southeast Asia and one of the world’s longest reptiles. They are nonvenomous constrictors, meaning they don’t swallow their prey and only squeeze humans to death if feel threatened.
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    SpecTro_MaXx Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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  3. wow tembongnimous :LOL:
    pwede pa request TS yung secret behind cartoons (y)
  4. Galing naman.mahilig ako sa history.
  5. Creppy nga dito nasusundan ako ng pusa hahaha
  6. Grabe naman pala may mga hidden na ganito sa history ng Ph hehe
  7. kinglua

    kinglua Enthusiast Established

    Thanks sa stories... =D
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