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Find out about the different aspects of Martial Law through various exhibits. Discover the intricate networks of power and abuse that fueled the Marcos regime, learn the names of those who fought against his repressive rule, and map out the impact it continues to have on our country to this day.

The Marcos Agrarian Reform Program: Promises and Contradictions
In this article, we strive to answer crucial questions to better our understanding of Marcos’ Agrarian Reform.
The Second ABS-CBN Shutdown
We look into the history and patterns from the first and second ABS-CBN shutdown, the first during Marcos' Martial an...
Isang Primer para sa Mulat na Mamamayan
Kahit sino man ang pinuno natin, ang bawat Pilipino ay may kakayahang gumawa ng mabuti para sa bansa bilang isang mul...
The first election
Despite the 1978 parliamentary election’s conclusion with a landslide victory for the Marcos administration’s Kilusan...
EDSA 1986: Unifying the People’s Power
It took everyone coming together to stage a successful peaceful revolt against Marcos and his power-hungry ruling class.
Remembering the Heroes: Edgar Jopson
He was one of the most well-known figures of the student movement and remains a symbol for the idealistic Filipino yo...
From Senator to Prisoner: The Story of Ninoy Aquino
We look at the life of Ninoy Aquino and how his tale came to inspire many to challenge the dictatorial rule of the Ma...
Defining Martial Law
What do we talk about when we talk about Martial Law?
Reading Martial Law in Children’s Literature
Numerous authors have written books for younger audiences that explore Martial Law without compromising its grimmer r...
Warning Signs: The Events Leading Up to Martial Law
INTERACTIVE We look back at events before the declaration of Martial Law in 1972 that, in retrospect, could have served as signs ...
Declaration of Martial Law
On the night of September 23, 1972, Ferdinand Marcos spoke to the nation by television and by radio to make it known ...
Martial Law in Data
A look at the numbers can give us an objective idea of the status of the Philippine economy under Marcos, and the mar...
Young Marcos
By seeing both the good and the bad in Marcos’s early life, sifting through facts and myths, it becomes possible to s...
The Heroes Who Fought Martial Law: Liliosa Hilao
At the age of 23, a student and a writer was the first reported case of a political prisoner’s death under Martial Law.
Green Devolution: Contradictions in the Marcos Environmental Agenda
During the Marcos regime, abuses were rampant on both the environment itself and the indigenous people who subsisted ...
Edifice Complex: Building on the Backs of the Filipino People
We hope to ask: as citizens, how can we appreciate the benefits of certain infrastructure projects, while remaining a...
Road to Edsa
INTERACTIVE By 1986, the discontent and grief that had begun fermenting in the nation over an administration rife with violence a...
Keeping Up with the Marcoses: Money, Fame and Fortune
One of the most striking features of the Marcos regime was not only the growing incidence of poverty in the nation, b...
Breaking the News: Silencing the Media Under Martial Law
By shutting down competing voices and setting up a media outlet that was under his control, Marcos silenced public cr...
Primer for Engaged Citizenship
Every Filipino has the capacity to do their part as engaged citizens in working toward a better Philippines. How can ...
Democracy vs. Authoritarianism
We investigate the specific aspects of how these two systems of power and governance diverge, especially in terms of ...
Martial Law in the New Constitution
In today’s 1987 Constitution, guarding against future attempts to replicate Marcos’s gambit for power, a President is...
The Makings of a Constitutional Dictator
When Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines, he used his constitutionally legal powers to concentra...
EDSA: An Unfinished Revolution
With the upheavals and social ills the nation has faced since 1986, some Filipinos may believe that EDSA has failed t...
From Housewife to President: The Story of Cory Aquino
It was Cory’s victory that marked the end of Marcos’ rule, and for many, it also represented the triumph of democracy...
Quiz: Marcos Lies and Truths
INTERACTIVE Where is the lie? Identify which of these statements about the Marcoses and Martial Law are true.
Martial Law 101
Declaring Martial Law is a power granted unto the President for cases when the people’s lives are being threatened an...
The Hunt Continues: The PCGG and the Marcoses’ Ill-Gotten Wealth
INTERACTIVE Here is a timeline showing some of the efforts made by the Philippine government through the PCGG, as well as measure...
Promises of the New Society
Marcos made many specific promises in order to achieve his dream of the New Society, a vision that represent a great ...
Manindigan: The Nightmare that was Martial Law
It is hard to speak of the exile of the monster, much less the slaying of the ghost, when the architects still remain...
Spot the Dictator
Drawing insights from various historical instances of authoritarianism as well as our own Philippine experience, what...
Faces of Authoritarianism
To see some of the faces of authoritarianism throughout history allows us to become aware of when our own leaders beg...
It Takes a Village to Loot a Nation: Cronyism and Corruption
To understand the deep extent to which Marcos plundered the nation, it is important to examine the extensive network ...
A Day in a Life of an Imeldic Shopaholic
Jewelries, antiques, clothes, chandeliers and a bullet-proof bra.
The Heroes Who Fought Martial Law: Macli-ing Dulag
Dulag and other Cordillera leaders opposed the Chico River dam. Recognizing the critical role that he played, governm...
Building Peace after EDSA
“What is peace, exactly? And what does it take to establish it, grow it, and sustain it? Did we really achieve it at ...