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The History Buff -
Rick Brown learned about history from newspaper accounts 100, 200, or even 300 years ago. It's amazing how far back into the past The Newspaper Collectors Society of America can reach.

(Who said that "there's a sucker born every minute" ? Well, it wasn't P.T. Barnum.)

I wonder if we have something similar here in the Philippines. The Manila Times is the oldest newspaper in the Philippines, according to

TheFreeman Online claims to be the oldest community newspaper in the Philippines (Cebu, 1919) but it seems to have disappeared online in 2001.

The Manila Bulletin is touted as the oldest daily newspaper in the Philippines, according to Goldsea Intelligence.

But that's the great thing about paper -- it lasts. At least probably longer than web sites. I wonder who was it who said that the more technologically advanced we become, the more fragile we are. Especially when we talk about information and history.

Like what would happen if this site's webserver suffers a hard disk crash. Will I take the time to restore the back-up copy? Or will I just spend my time on something else? Afterall, there's always The Wayback Machine.

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[ First posted on 07/19/2002 by Manuel Viloria ]

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