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   Dr. Fe del Mundo
   (Dr. Fe del Mundo, photo credit: Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation)
On August 6, 2011, Fe Del Mundo, the country's distinguished Pediatrician and National Scientist who conducted important pioneering researches on infectious diseases and dedicated much of her life to the cause of pediatrics in the country, died of cardiac arrest. She died 3 months before her 100th birthday on November 27, having been born in Intramuros, Manila on 1911. She was the sixth of eight children of Bernardo del Mundo, a prominent lawyer from Marinduque and Paz Villanueva.

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Anak Dalita   
The 50s may be considered one "Golden Age" for the Filipino film because cinematic artistic breakthrough was achieved in that decade. Awards were first instituted in this era. The Manila Times Publishing Company set up the Maria Clara Awards in 1950. In 1952, the FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) Awards were handed out. More so, Filipino films started garnering awards in international film festivals. One such honor was bestowed on Manuel Conde's immortal movie Genghis Khan (1952) when it was accepted for screening at the Venice Film Festival. Other honors include awards for movies like Gerardo de Leon’s Ifugao (1954) and Lamberto Avellana’s Anak Dalita. These awards also had the effect of finally garnering for Filipino films their share of attention from fellow Filipinos.

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President Eisenhower before the joint session of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives with Senate President Eulogio Rodriguez (left back), and Speaker of the House Daniel Z. Romualdez (back right)   
President Eisenhower before the joint session of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives with Senate President Eulogio Rodriguez (left back), and Speaker of the House Daniel Z. Romualdez (back right)   
Text of the address of US President Eisenhower before a special joint session of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives during the President's visit, delivered at 4:00pm, June 15, 1960 during cold war era.
Mr. President of the Senate, Mr. Speaker of the House, Members of the Congress, distinguished guests, and my friends:

For me, you can well understand, this is a moment of deep personal emotion. You will understand the flood of memories that swept over me on coming back to this land, where I feel that I am revisiting an old home and old friends and renewing ties of long standing.

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   President Dwight Eisenhower welcome ceremony at the airport  on 

June 14, 1960
   (The President Eisenhower welcome ceremony at the airport on June 14, 1960. On the left is President Carlos Garcia (Photo credit: Philippine Presidential Museum and Library flickr account))
On June 14, 1960, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in Manila on a plane from Clark Air Field late in the afternoon for a 3-day state visit. His visit marked the first ever made by any US President to the country. He was met by President Carlos Garcia and other Filipino and American officials at the airport. President Garcia in his welcoming statement said that he is welcoming the US President home. Eisenhower also stated that this is indeed for him, a homecoming.

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   General Aguinaldo claimed the Philippines is ready for independence
On July 29, 1931, General Emilio Aguinaldo stated that the Philippines is ready to assume the responsibilities of an independent nation. Although the country is not ready from a military point of view, no nation, the General thinks, "will dare to use force on another in this age of growing harmony, peace, and international brotherhood".

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On July 28, 1963, 24 Boy Scouts and scouting officials, delegates of the Philippines to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece, perished in an airplane crash of a United Arab Airlines (now EgyptAir) jetliner in the Bay of Bombay, India.

The delegation took a KLM flight for Hong Kong to catch a connecting United Arab Airlines flight to Athens, Greece. The Egyptian airliner, a British-made Comet jetliner had a stop over in Bangkok, Thailand on the night of July 27, 1963. The ill-fated plane carried 52 passengers and eight crewmembers. Among the passengers were 24 Filipino boy scouts and scout officials en route to the 11th World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece.

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Location map of Dapitan city   
Location map of Dapitan City   
On July 28, 1909, Governor-General William Cameron Forbes endorsed the reconstruction of Rizal's house in Dapitan, site of the hero's exile, thus, Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte became a major historical landmark where the Rizal Shrine is located.

Dr. Jose Rizal lived for four years in Dapitan as an exile from July 17, 1892 to July 31, 1896.

The Rizal Shrine is approximately two kilometers from the Dapitan City Hall. Its land area has been restored to its original size of 16 hectares with the reclamation of 10,974 square meters.

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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 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 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
  • Igorot dance, Baguio, Benguet<br/>(1910)
    Igorot dance, Baguio, Benguet
  • 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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