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(September 2)

Today in Philippine History, September 2, 1901,Gregorio Tiongson Velasquez was born in Calumpit, Bulacan

On September 2, 1901, Gregorio Tiongson Velasquez, botanist and known as father of Philippine Phycology, was born in Calumpit, Bulacan.

Velasquez, who was conferred the National Scientist in Tropical Phycology award by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1982, pioneered research in phycology or the study of algae in the country.




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Today in Philippine History, September 2, 1865, Simeon Ola was born in Guinobatan, Albay

   Monument of General Simeon Ola at Guinobatan, Albay town plaza
   Monument of General Simeon Ola at Guinobatan, Albay town plaza
On September 2, 1865, Simeon Ola, the man who would lead the Bicolanos fight for their freedom, was born in Guinobatan, Albay to Vicente Ola and Apolonia Arboleda.

Ola was highly regarded in Guinobatan, being the teniente de cuadrillos and a trusted confidant of Father Carlos Cabido, the parish priest of his town. These positions helped him carry out his revolutionary works – recruiting men and acquiring firearms for the revolutionary army. He connived with the jail warden in his town, Sergeant Loame, to free about 93 prisoners, prisoners who soon joined his army.




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Today in Philippine History, September 2, 1914, Fred Ruiz Castro was born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte

Justice Fred Ruiz Castro
Justice Fred Ruiz Castro
On September 2, 1914, Fred Ruiz Castro, a well-known jurist and former Chief Justice, considered as Father of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, was born in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. He was Chief Justice of the Philippines from January 5, 1976 until his death on April 19, 1979 while on an official trip to India.




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The Ilocano Epic, "The Life of Lam-ang"

The Ilocano Epic, The Life of Lam-ang

Perhaps very few people other than Ilocanos (1) know that the first Filipino literary man to achieve more than national renown was Pedro Bukaneg, father of Ilocano literature and prince of Ilocano poets, who has been variously referred to by writers as a Moses, a Socrates, a Milton of the Philippines. This poet and philosopher was born towards the end of the sixteenth century. He is not nationally known now, his fame being confined to the Ilocos region, but during his lifetime and for many years after his death, his fame spread beyond the nation's boundaries, reaching even as far as Madrid and Rome. (2)

Perhaps even fewer people know that the Ilocanos have an epic which deserves a place beside Balagtas' "Florante and Laura", and a permanent place in our national literature. This poem is the "Life of Lam-ang", the only epic in the Ilocano language. Unfortunately for non-Ilocano and non-Spanish reading people, no translation of the poem in English or any of the native dialects exists. There are two Spanish translations, (3) both in prose: one (4) by Cecilio Apostol, and the other (5) by Isabelo de los Reyes.




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Francisco del Castillo and the 19 Martyrs of Aklan

Francisco del Castillo and the 19 Martyrs of Aklan

When a fierce revolution swept over the country during the last decade of the nineteenth century, it claimed the lives of several thousand men. Aklan then a section in Capiz, played its part, offering the lives of some hundreds of its sons. In memory of those Aklanons who fell, the town of Kalibo, in Aklan, has erected a modest mausoleum to contain their remains. To their first leader to fall, General Francisco del Castillo, an equestrian statue has been raised in a plaza of this town.

Hostilities began in Aklan just after the death of Dr. Jose Rizal in Manila on December 30, 1896. As early as the first days of January, 1897, the people began to band themselves together in the barrios of Ochando, Kawayan, Kuntang, and Tambak of the municipality of Batang, and in the barrios of Nalook and Mabilo of Kalibo. Under the leadership of a handful of Katipunan members who arrived from Manila, the local chapter was organized. The Sandugo or blood-compact, a part of the initiation ceremonies to the Katipunan, immediately started. The arm was bled and the blood used in signing a pledge to support and defend the Katipunan to the death.




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Today in Philippine history July 30, 1953, John Hopkin's Hospital announced the condition of President Quirino

President Quirino with Malacañang reporters
(President Quirino with Malacañang reporters)

On July 30, 1953 in Manila, July 29 in Baltimore, Maryland, Joseph Kelly, public relations officer of the John Hopkin's Hospital announced that President Quirino's health is satisfactory and condition has improved.

"The President rested well last night and his condition is satisfactory. He had a period of difficulty yesterday when there was some internal bleeeding. He received several blood transfusions after which his blood pressure and pulse returned to normal and remained so through the night. His condition this morning is improved."




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Rajah Indara Patra and the Dragons - A Mindanao Legend

Rajah Indara Patra and the Dragons

A very, very long time ago, when the island of Mindanao was but newly sprung from the sea, a pair of gigantic dragons lived there - Omaka-an and his mate Maka-ogis. For a time they roamed over the entire island, but finally they settled in the region about Lake Lanao.

Omaka-an established one lair in the Gurayen mountain range in the northwest, and another in the Makaturing range in the southeast. They had another haunt on Mount Matutum in Cotabato. So big were these monsters that when they slept they used the summits of the mountain ridges for beds. When they wanted to fish in Illana Bay to the south, they had only to stretch out their monstrous limbs and scoop up water and fish with their great claws.

These dragons had a taste for human flesh and devoured those people who were daring enough to attempt to settle in Lanao. A very few did settle in the country, but had to hide in caves and trees, and Allah took pity on them and changed them into sprites. Reports of the cannibalistic monsters spread far and wide and reached even Mecca.




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Dr. Pedro Pablo Pelaez champion of Filipino clergy, the first truly national leader

Dr. Pedro Pablo Pelaez champion of Filipino clergy   
(Dr. Pedro Pablo Pelaez)   
It is rather unfortunate that the name of the great Dr. Pedro Pablo Pelaez is not well known as it deserves, partly due to the fact that his role, though important, was less dramatic than those played by others, like Fathers Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez and Jacinto Zamora who were garroted in February of 1872. And yet Burgos and his companions played comparatively unimportant parts since they merely continued the work initiated by Pelaez whose championship of the Filipino clergy was well known before he died a victim of the great earthquake of June 3, 1863. Perhaps, in a sense, it is better that Pelaez died then, because there is no doubt that he should have been the first victim of the Cavite mutiny of 1872. On the other hand, it is lamentable because his less spectacular death had placed him in comparative oblivion. Perhaps, the fault lies partly on our historians who have not properly emphasized his achievements when he is entitled to the highest place in the public esteem.

On 1812, Pedro Pablo Pelaez was born in Pagsangjan, Laguna. Pedro was the son of Don Jose Pelaez Rubio a peninsular and alcalde-mayor of the province, and Doña Josefa Sebastian Gomez Lozada, a creole of Spanish parents. There is no agreement on his birthday, some historians say he was born June 12, 1812. Others assert that he was born on June 29, 1812.




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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
This is a demonstration on using Masonry, a grid layout JavaScript library, in a responsive JSF 2 page with jQueryMobile framework. This also shows how to do partial update, appending new grid items to Masonry by fetching additional data from the server via JSF <.f:ajax /> requests. The following assumes that you have included in a page the necessary jQuery, jQueryMobile, Masonry, and ImagesLoaded JavaScript and CSS files. This is based on MyFaces 2.2.3 JSF implementation, version 1.43 of jQueryMobile (JQM), and Masonry version 3.2.

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




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Install Tomcat 8 behind Nginx with Google PageSpeed in Debian Wheezy

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

   How to play a sound when an element is clicked in HTML page
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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Using Google Custom Search engine in PrimeFaces Overlay Panels

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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How to create a JQuery Mobile page with responsive grids

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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