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(March 6)

Today in Philippine History, March 6, 1951, Fort Santiago was declared a National Shrine

  
The main gateway to Fort Santiago, Manila in 1880. The building was destroyed during the July 1880 earthquake that affected Luzon Island.   
On March 6, 1951, Fort Santiago was declared a National Shrine in memories of national heroes and martyrs who had been imprisoned and lost their lives there.

During the Spanish time, Fort Santiago was used as prison for many Filipinos suspected of rebellion, including Dr. Jose Rizal before his execution in 1896.

Fort Santiago was also once the site of the palace and Kingdom of Rajah Suliman, chieftain of Manila of the pre-Spanish era.

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Today in Philippine History, March 6, 1909, the University of the Philippines Los Baños was officially established

University of the Philippines, Los Baños   
Logo of the University of the Philippines, Los Baños
On March 6, 1909, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) founded by American botanist Edwin B. Copeland, was officially established.

The Board of Regents of the American University of the Philippines established the College of Agriculture in Los Baños, Laguna, setting up an institution dedicated to research and education in agriculture and related disciplines.

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Today in Philippine history, May 10, 1884, Maria Paz Mendoza Guazon was born in Pandacan, Manila

  
   Dra. Maria Paz Mendoza Guazon
On May 10, 1884, Maria Paz Mendoza Guazon, the first woman to graduate from the first medical school in the country, the UP College of Medicine in 1912, was born in Pandacan, Manila as Maria Paz Mendoza.

She attained many "firsts". She was the first Filipina to receive the high school diploma from a public school, the first Filipina appointed to fill a professor's chair at the University of the Philippines, the first woman member of the Board of Regents of the same University, and since 1924 was re- elected to this post several times, the first Filipina appointed by the Philippine Legislature to an educational mission to the United States in 1926, the first Filipina winner of the Zobel Prize in 1930 for her work, "Notas de Viaje". She was the founder and first president of the Philippine Association of University Women and the first managing editor of its official organ, The Woman's World.

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Today in Philippine history, March 15, 1956, the Philippines was selected as site for Asian Nuclear Research Center

   Atoms for Peace program
On March 15, 1956, US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, announced in Manila that the Philippines had been selected as site for the projected Asian Nuclear Research Center, this was followed by a statement in Washington, issued by the International Cooperation Administration (ICA), which ran, in part:

"The Republic of the Philippines has been chosen as the site for the new Asian nuclear center which was proposed by the United States at the Colombo Plan meeting held in Singapore last October. The United States is now preparing to move rapidly with initial plans for the establishment of this center as a means of putting atomic energy to work for the economic and social progress of Asia. This action will represent an important step toward the further advancement of President Eisenhower's atoms-for-peace program."

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The life and art of Juan Luna according to Dr. Jose Rizal

   Juan Luna
   (Juan Luna at the age of 29 from an engraving on the front cover of La Ilustracion - Revista Hispano-Americana on February 28, 1886)
(This is an article written by Dr. Jose Rizal published in the magazine La Ilustracion - Revista Hispano-Americana on February 28, 1886 (Año 7, Numero 278), edited by Luis Tasso, Barcelona, Spain. Published in English by the Philippine Magazine on July 1929.)

Being a friend and compatriot of this illustrious artist, imposes on us a duty: temperance in our judgment and in our praise. The praises of a friend do more harm than the criticisms of an enemy, and they make the stranger laugh.

Luna's Early Life

Luna's past is short, it is the story of a plant, hidden in the ground, which forces a passage to the light in spite of a thousand difficulties. Juan Luna was born on the 23rd of October, 1857, in Badoc, province of Ilocos Norte, island of Luzon. To be notable seems a quality inherent in his name. Manuel, his older brother, who died in the flower of his years, was a musician and artist from the heart, and, according to Juan Luna, had a stronger disposition toward painting than he had himself; Jose, younger than he, is one of the most able surgeons of the Archipelago, and faces a most brilliant future; the other ones who are still preparing for their careers have begun to win prizes in thier concourses.

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Today in Philippine history, February 26, 1903, Apolinario Mabini took oath of allegiance to the United States

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(Apolinario Mabini, after a painting by Fabian dela Rosa, 1911)   
On February 26, 1903, Apolinario Mabini, took oath of allegiance to the United States of America, before the Collector of Customs. Mabini who had on two previous ocassions refused to do so, said in his manifesto:

"I went into this struggle, heeding the voice of the people; I now abandon the struggle for the same cause." He closed this document with a declaration of his faith in the United States and its purposes. "I will now return", he said, "to the obscurity from which, impelled by circumstances, I have come".

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Today in Philippine history, May 24, 1915, Ignacio Villamor was elected president of the University of the Philippines

   Ignacio Villamor
   (Ignacio Villamor. Photo credit: Philippine Magazine, July 1915)
On May 24, 1915, the board of regents of the University of the Philippines (UP) elected Ignacio Villamor as president of the university. Villamor was the first Filipino president of the UP. He was executive secretary of the Philippine Commission at the time of his election. He assumed the duties of office on June 7 of the same year.

Ignacio Villamor was born on February 1, 1863, in the town of Bangued, Abra to Florencio Villamor and Wenceslawa Borbon. Florencio was a man above the average height; affable and agreeable and a good story teller; a successful farmer; a man who enjoyed life in the pueblo, and was a hospitable a Filipino as could be found in that part of Luzon. He was a true and loyal citizen as is shown by the fact that the electors of the town of Bangued elected him municipal president. Both he and his wife were educated in the Spanish language and they took a deep interest in the education and bringing up of their children.

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As a demo please check out our Gallery page, it employs the same code as described here.

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  • MySQL and phpMyAdmin on php5-fpm.
  • Debian Wheezy Linux server.

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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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