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   Añgalo and Aran, Adam and Eve of the Ilocanos
With the possible exception of Lam-ang and Kannoyan, hero and heroine of the Ilocano epic "Life of Lam-ang", perhaps there are no more famous characters in Ilocano saga than Añgalo and Aran, cyclopean beings who, according to some Ilocano myths, were the first beings on earth.

Añgalo and Aran, Ilocano popular beliefs say, lived before the creation of the sky, the sea, the land, and, for that matter, man. They were beings, with human form, of formidable proportions. They are believed to be the biggest giants in legend. Añgalo's head reached the heavens, and he could make the distance between Manila and Vigan in one step. The earth trembled when he walked, and he could be heard throughout the world when he spoke or laughed.


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The 10 cuartos stamp   
The 10 cuartos stamp.   
Previous to the year 1854 stamps for the prepayment of mail matter were unknown in the Philippines. This was not strange, for the first postage stamp was only issued in 1840 by Great Britain and by the United States in 1845. Spain issued its first stamps in 1850.

In 1842 the editor of the Seminario Filipino, Don Gregorio Borjas, recommended a system of post offices and Sinibaldo de Mas in his report to the Queen in 1842 mentioned the need for a mail service. In 1843, the following year, Governor General Marcelino Oraa y Lecumberri published rules for the safeguarding and carriage of the mail. Commercial and private correspondence was intrusted to private carriers while official mail marked S. N. (Servicio Nacional) was carried by special messengers or by the Royal Galleys in the interisland communications.


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Imaginative depiction of the Stone Age   
(Photo: An imaginative depiction of the Stone Age)   
A generation ago little was known of Philippine history in pre-Spanish times, but today it is difficult to summarize what we know of it within the brief space available in an article. Our present knowledge of the Philippines' pre Spanish past may be considered under three heads: Stone-Age times; the Prehistoric Iron-Age; and the protohistoric contact with surrounding Oriental nations which we sometimes refer to as the Porcelain-Age.


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Spanish Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasaron   
(Spanish Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasaron, photo credit: The life and letters of Admiral Dewey)   
On April 24, 1898, the Spanish admiral in the Philippine waters, who was also commander-in-chief of the station and squadron of the Philippines, issued the following order to the commandant of the arsenal at Cavite:

It having been resolved to go out with the squadron for the port of Subic, not only for the defense of that important port but also as a strategic harbor for operations which may occur, the staff is placed in charge of the necessary orders from these headquarters.


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Ramon Magsaysay during the campaign   
Ramon Magsaysay during the campaign (Photo redit: http://mlq3.tumblr.com/).   
On November 10, 1953, Ramon Magsaysay was elected President by the largest majority in the history of the country, 2,912,992 votes as against a vote of 1,313,991 for the incumbent, President Elpidio Quirino.

Young, vigorous, active, blunt, honest, a man of the people, Magsaysay, whose campaign slogan was "Magsaysay is My Guy", commanded a soul-stirring following among the masses and among the more enlightened classes as well. All look to him to pull the country out of the swamp of post-war corruption in which it had become engulfed. That was the main, if not the only, issue in the elections.


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On November 21, 1898, the American Commissioners presented an ultimatum, in which they demanded the cession of the entire Philippine Archipelago while on the other hand they offered to pay Spain $20,000,000, and to insert in the treaty of peace a mutual relinquishment of claims. Spanish ships and merchandise would be allowed into the ports of the islands for a stated period.

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Governor General Narciso Claveria   
Governor General Narciso Claveria   
On November 21, 1849, then Governor General Narciso Claveria issued a decree to adopt a standardized records of Filipino names and surnames. Through the so-called "Claveria Decree", he issued a list of family names in alphabetical order, which were based on a catalog of Spanish surnames.

He expanded it by including the names of places, plants, animals, minerals, art products and character traits, both in the native languages and in Spanish.

Accordingly, Claveria distributed the list of family names to the heads of the provinces, then the head of each province sent a portion of the list to each parish priest.

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   How to install Tomcat 8 in Debian Wheezy
Here is a guide on how to configure Debian Wheezy with Tomcat 8 behind Nginx with Google PageSpeed. This is based on our recently configured Wheezy of similar setup. Below are the main components of this webserver installation.

  • Nginx with Googe PageSpeed and some other Nginx modules
  • Tomcat 8 on Java 7
  • MySQL and phpMyAdmin on php5-fpm.
  • Debian Wheezy Linux server.


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In this example we will demonstrate how to play a "click" sound when a link or other element is clicked in HTML pages. A sample code for jQueryMobile is also provided. An MP3 audio file is used play the actual sound. You have to have jQuery in your page for this to work.

Sound is played through HTML5 <audio /> tag but instead of embedding the tag manually, the tag is created via Javascript/JQuery. Below is how this is done.


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The following is an example on how to implement a custom Google Search engine in PrimeFaces version 4 <p:overlayPanel />. First create an account with Google Custom search (CSE) here https://www.google.com/cse. You will get your own Custom Search engine ID. From within your CSE account you will find a place to generate the following basic CSE Javascript code. Place this code in the head section or in the body just before the closing </body> tag, whichever is prefered.


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This blog aims to demo examples on how to implement a responsive page targeting various handheld screen sizes. What we decribe here is similar to what we use in our XHTML JSF home page that uses JQuery mobile but is no different when applied to a JQuery mobile page in HTML.


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Responsive adsense ad units are helpful for websites targeting various screen sizes where ad units adapting to screen resolutions are desired. This is the case for mobile websites. This blog is based on a blog from "inside adsense blogs". Please note that link units are not yet supported as of blog time.

To create responsive ads, generate the ad unit code as you usually would from your adsense account. When creating a new unit, a code generaor window is presented and from this window choose to generate the new Asynchronous (BETA) JavaScript code from a dropdown.


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  • The General Douglas MacArthur return on October 20, 1944.
    The General Douglas MacArthur return on October 20, 1944.
  • The first Women Guerrilla corps practicing on November 8, 1941
    The first Women Guerrilla corps practicing on November 8, 1941
  • Presidents Magsaysay and Aguinaldo
    Presidents Magsaysay and Aguinaldo
  • Two Ifugaos dressed for cock-fight dance<br/>(1900's)
    Two Ifugaos dressed for cock-fight dance
    (1900's)
  • Start of the Death March after the surrender of<br/>Bataan (April 1942)
    Start of the Death March after the surrender of
    Bataan (April 1942)

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