Most recent posts in Philippine history

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   George Canseco was born on April 23, 1934 in  Naic, Cavite
   George Canseco
Today in Philippine history, April 23, 1934, George Canseco was born in Naic, Cavite. George Canseco was a leading Filipino song composer. He is regarded by music critics as one of the best sentimental music maker of his time.

His music has become part of the ground on which Original Pilipino Music stand on. Most of his songs were interpreted by the country's ace balladeer, Basil Valdez, whose career as a solo artist took fortunate turns when he recorded "Ngayon at Kailanman" in 1978. The songs

  • "Kapantay Ay Langit",
  • "Ikaw",
  • "Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan",
  • "Paano",
  • "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas",
  • "Hanggang sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan",
  • "Hiram",
  • "Kahapon Lamang" and
  • "Dito Ba?"

are but a few of Canseco's around 300 compositions, all defining what classic hits should be.

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   August 26, 1930, Crisanto Evangelista announced the birth of the 

Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas
   Partido Komunista ng Filipinas
On August 26, 1930, on the 34th anniversary of the 1896 Katipunan Revolt , Crisanto Evangelista announced the birth of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), the Communist Party of the Philippines. Less than three months later, on the 13th anniversary of the Russian Bolshevik Revolution, he formally established the PKP and proclaimed its objectives. In his address of November 7, he set forth five guiding principles for the Philippine communist movement:

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   August 8, 1897, the Spanish Premier was assasinated to avenge execution of Jose Rizal
   The New York Times headline on August 9, 1897.
On Sunday afternoon, August 8, 1897, the Prime Minister of Spain, Señor Canovas del Castillo was shot and killed by Italian Anarchist Michele Angine Golli at the baths of Santa Agueda. Golli watched the Spanish statesman and fired only when he had no chance of missing. Golli confesed that he killed Canovas to avenge the Barcelona Anarchists and Don Jose Rizal who was executed in Manila over 7 months earlier, on December 30, 1896 as an instigator of the Philippine rebellion which Dr Rizal denied.

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On March 15, 1901, General Mariano Trias along with his subordinate officers and men surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Frank D. Baldwin in San Francisco de Malabon (now named after him), Cavite. Trias who had been prominent in the Philippine revolution since 1896, held important positions in the revolutionary government. He was considered the most influential man in the southern Luzon after General Aguinaldo.

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   The capture of General Emilio Aguinaldo
   The capture of General Emilio Aguinaldo (Photo credit: The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912 by James Blunt).

On March 23, 1901, General Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the American forces led by General Frederick Funston with the help of Macabebe Scouts, in Palanan, Isabela.

Earlier on February 8, 1901, 6 tired guerillas led by Cecilio Segismundo, an Ilocano and Aguinaldo's trusted messenger who carried important dispatches, surrendered. Some of the dispatches Segismundo was carrying were coded and signed with "Pastor" and "Colon de Magdalo", pseudonyms often used by General Aguinaldo. In addition, Segismundo revealed that Aguinaldo had no more than fifty guards in the village and pinpointed Aguinaldo's headquarters as the vilage of Palanan in the mountainous Isabela province in northeastern Luzon, near the Pacific Coast.

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Mariano Marcos and Family   
The Marcoses. From left to right front row: Pacifico, Elizabeth and Ferdinand. Back row: Josefa and Mariano. The youngest Fortuna is not in the photo.   
On April 21, 1897, Mariano Marcos, a lawyer, educator, and legislator, was born in Batac, Ilocos Norte to Fabian Marcos and Cresencia Rubio. Fabian was a farmer who had served as gobernadorcillo and justice of the peace of Batac after the Philippine Revolution, championed the Ilocano language but at the same time cultivated a scholarship in the Spanish language. A militant follower of Gregorio Aglipay and member of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, he raised Mariano under the Aglipayan faith.

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   The first Presbyterian Church in the Philippines, Tonoo, Manila.
   The first Presbyterian Church in the Philippines, Tonoo, Manila.
On April 21, 1899, the first Presbyterian Mission led by Reverend Dr. James B. Rodgers, arrived in the Philippines. Rodgers pioneered in evangelistic, educational, and ecumenical work, being instrumental in the founding of the Philippine Evangelical Union in 1901.

One year later, other sects, including the Episcopalians, Baptists, and Methodist, followed.

During the first 50 years, each mission group worked independently, building churches, schools, hospitals and social service centers.

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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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