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April 30
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Today in Philippine History, April 30, 1946, the Philippine Rehabilitation Act of 1946 was approved

US Philippine War Damage Commission
(The security unit of the US Philippine War Damage Commission)
On April 30, 1946, the Philippine Rehabilitation or the Tydings Act of 1946, passed by the US Congress, was approved by the US President. This Act created the US Philippine War Damage Commission, authorized it to expend a total of $400,000,000 in payment of private war-damage claims and another $120,000,000 for the restoration of public property. Of this latter amount $57,000,000 was alloted to the commission itself.


April 30
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Today in Philippine History, April 30, 1865, Patrocinio Gamboa, more popularly known as Tia Patron was born in Jaro, Iloilo

   Patrocinio Gamboa
   Patrocinio Gamboa
On April 30, 1865, Patrocinio Gamboa, the revolutionary heroine of Iloilo more popularly known as "Tia Patron", was born in Jaro, Iloilo.

Her reading of the works of Dr. Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Graciano Lopez Jaena, among others, nourished her patriotic sentiments.

One of the first to join the Philippine Revolution in 1896, Tia Patron was one of the organizers of the Comite Conspirador and Comite Central Revolucionario de Visayas, which formed the nucleus of what later became the Revolutionary Government of the Visayas.


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Today in Philippine history, May 11, 1956, Tomas Cloma took possession of the Kalayaan group of islands

Tomas Arbolente Cloma
(Tomas Cloma)

On May 11, 1956, together with 40 men, Tomas Arbolente Cloma and his brother Filemon took formal possession of a group of islands, lying some 380 miles west of the southern end of Palawan, in the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea, and named it "Free Territory of Freedomland". Four days later on May 15, 1956, Cloma issued and posted copies of his "Notice to the Whole World" on each of the islands as a decisive manifestation of unwavering claim over the territory.


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Today in Philippine history, May 8, 1980, Ninoy Aquino was allowed to leave for a coronary bypass surgery

Ninoy Aquino in Baylor hospital
(Ninoy Aquino in Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas)

On May 8, 1980, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., a political prisoner, a staunch critic of the Marcos administration, was allowed to leave for the United States to undergo a coronary bypass surgery on recommendation of his doctors at the Philippine Heart Center where he was confined after suffering a heart attack in his prison cell in Fort Bonifacio. He was immediately transported to the center on the evening of May 5, 1980.


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Today in Philippine history, May 28, 1898, the battle of Alapan was fought between the Filipino revolutionaries and the Spanish naval infantry

Filipino soldiers in Teatro Caviteño
(Filipino soldiers in front of Teatro Caviteño)

On May 28, 1898, the battle of Alapan between the Filipino revolutionary forces led by General Emilio Aguinaldo and the Spanish naval infantry led by Captain Pedro Castila, was fought in Alapan, Imus, Cavite. This was the first military engagement in the renewed revolution against Spain after the return of Aguinaldo from Hongkong.


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Today in Philippine history, December 20, 1907, Decoroso Rosales was born in Calbago, Calbayog, Samar

   Senator Decoroso Rosales

On December 20, 1907, Decoroso Rosales who was one of Samar's post-war political elites was born in Calbago, Calbayog, Samar. He was the son of Basilio Rosales and Aqueda Ras.

Decoroso popularly known as "Cosoy", earned his Associate of Arts in 1920 and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines. He was admitted to the Bar on February 4, 1933.


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Today in Philippine history, April 15, 1962, Manila Mayor Arsenio H. Lacson died of a heart attack at the Hotel Filipinas

Mayor Arsenio Lacson with President Macapagal and Senator Marcos
(Mayor Arsenio H. Lacson (in dark glasses) with President Macapagal and Senator Marcos)

On April 15, 1962, Mayor Arsenio H. Lacson, Manila's first elected mayor died of heart attack at around 6:00 in the evening in his suite at the Hotel Filipinas where he had been going over his radio-television broadcast that should have been aired at 7:30 that evening. He was 49 years old.


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Today in Philippine history, June 3, 1568, Andres de Urdaneta, pilot of the Legazpi expedition and prelate of the Filipinas died in Mexico

Andres de Urdaneta
(Friar Andres de Urdaneta)

On June 3, 1568, Andres de Urdaneta who accompanied Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in the expedition to the Filipinas died in the City of Mexico, Mexico at the age of 70. Urdaneta acted as pilot of this expedition and was later appointed prelate of the Filipinas islands with the title "Protector of the Indians".


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Today in Philippine history, October 4, 1603, the Sangley insurrection broke out in Manila in the name of their governor Juan Baptista

The Sangley insurrection on October 4, 1603
(Map of the eastern islands; photographic facsimile from Mercator's Atlas minor, Amsterdam, 1633)

On the night of Saint Francis day, Saturday, October 4, 1603, at about 11:00pm, the Chinese residents of the city revolted. It all started with the coming of 3 unnamed Mandarins from China.


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Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo

In certain political circles, the supposed spectacular jump of Leni Robredo's SWS numbers in statistical tie with Senator Bongbong Marcos, is merely a prelude to a diabolical plot by the Yellows to remain in power even if Roxas loses. According to this theory, the LP has all but conceded that Roxas will lose and is now working to make Robredo win as vice president as the next best thing.


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Neil Llamanzares' biggest secret: Grace Poe's husband is a former NSA and CIA Contractor

Grace Poe and husband Neil Llamanzares
(Grace Poe and husband Neil Llamanzares)

Neil Llamanzares, the potential First Gentleman of the Philippines, is not only an American military man, but also a former US Intelligence contractor. As an employee of the largest private intelligence service in the world, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Grace Poe's husband was doing specialized work for NSA, CIA and DIA: tracking foreign communications on the Internet, feeding disinformation to the foreign press, integrating classified information gathered by the major US intelligence agencies worldwide.


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Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
(Mayor Rodrigo Duterte)

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Bongbong Marcos Bares "a pattern of cheating" in absentee voting in at least 5 countries

Bongbong Marcos in Ormoc, April 24, 2016
(Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (middle) and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez (right), in Ormoc City, April 24, 2016)

Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos Jr. bared on Sunday, April 24, 2016, "a pattern of cheating" to deprive him of his votes in the ongoing Overseas Absentee Voting.


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Youth groups slam Robredo over fake support statement - her campaign deodorant for Aquino regime

Leni Robredo lies
(Madam Leni Robredo)

This is a press release of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and ANAKBAYAN on April 20, 2016 about Madam Leni Robredo's mendacity. Robredo lied about being blessed by the youth and student sector with their support. She was exposed as a liar and lambasted by the country's largest, most influential and active youth and student organization. The press release was emailed to The Manila Times and other media outlets.


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How to create a hidden service in the Tor network in Debian Jessie with Nginx

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How to use and append data to Masonry in responsive jQueryMobile with JSF 2 and ajax

   Using Masonry in jQueryMobile with JSF 2 and Ajax
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Install Tomcat 8 behind Nginx with Google PageSpeed in Debian Wheezy

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   How to play a sound when an element is clicked in HTML page
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