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Spanish Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasaron   
(Spanish Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasaron, photo credit: The life and letters of Admiral Dewey)   
On April 24, 1898, the Spanish admiral in the Philippine waters, who was also commander-in-chief of the station and squadron of the Philippines, issued the following order to the commandant of the arsenal at Cavite:

It having been resolved to go out with the squadron for the port of Subic, not only for the defense of that important port but also as a strategic harbor for operations which may occur, the staff is placed in charge of the necessary orders from these headquarters.


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Ramon Magsaysay during the campaign   
Ramon Magsaysay during the campaign (Photo redit: http://mlq3.tumblr.com/).   
On November 10, 1953, Ramon Magsaysay was elected President by the largest majority in the history of the country, 2,912,992 votes as against a vote of 1,313,991 for the incumbent, President Elpidio Quirino.

Young, vigorous, active, blunt, honest, a man of the people, Magsaysay commanded a soul-stirring following among the masses and among the more enlightened classes as well. All look to him to pull the country out of the swamp of post-war corruption in which it had become engulfed. That was the main, if not the only, issue in the elections.


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Felipe Calderon   
     
The second part of these Memoirs covers the period from May, 1899, when I returned from Batangas, until the complete restoration of peace and the present time; during the same I took a direct part in political and social events of exceptional importance.

As I have already said, in the latter half of January, 1899, I was, for the reasons already stated, obliged to go to Batangas Province. While I was at the pueblo of Lipa, where I had gone with Colonel Martin Cabrera of the Insurgent Army, to attend the ceremony of the taking of the oath to the revolutionary flag of the new levies of a battalion being organized under the orders of General Miguel Malvar, we received the news of the outbreak of hostilities in Manila, on February 4th. I have no idea how it developed and what was the immediate cause of that outbreak, but subsequently I learned a few details which clearly show that the provocation came from the Americans.


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Felipe Calderon   
Felipe Calderon in 1900   

These memoirs, left by the late Professor Calderon and now published in complete form, refer to important facts connected with the Philippine Revolution and the first years of American occupation. They consist of two parts: the first comprises the period from May, 1898, to January, 1899, and the second that from May, 1899, to 1901.

The first part is well known: it was published by El Renacimiento in 1907. It was subsequently printed in book form, under the title Mis Memorias sobre la Revolucion Filipina. In printing this book the same type was used as had been used in the newspaper, hence its form is very deficient and it offers many difficulties to the student as a source of information. Not only are there typographical errors in nearly every paragraph, but the narration of the facts is interrupted by an unfortunate mistake in the pages, aggravated still further by the reproduction in the form of notes and appendices of official documents and clippings from newspapers which greatly diminish the intrinsic value of the work and the personal contribution of the author to the whole.


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Rosa Sevilla de Alvero   
Mrs. Rosa L. Sevilla de Alvero   
(Address of the Directress of the "Instituto de Mujeres" at the inauguration of the "Liga Nacional de Damas", Manila, February 11, 1922.)

The Filipino woman, with the exquisite femininity that characterizes her, never leaves home but for the home's sake. You will see her ever womanly, the wife always keeping to her house and concerning herself with nothing but her home, her husband and her children.


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72 Azcarraga Street, Tondo   
72 Azcarraga Street, Tondo, the house where the Katipunan was born.   
On November 1, 1849, Valentin Diaz, co-founder and one-time treasurer of the Katipunan, was born in Paoay, Ilocos Norte to Geronimo Diaz and Maria Villanueva. His family is said to have moved to Tayug, Pangasinan sometime in 1857.

Nothing is known of the educational background of Diaz but it can be presumed that he had obtained some level of education because he became gobernadorcillo of his town, a position equivalent to that of the present-day municipal mayor. Moreover, he and his family must have been influential, for the Spanish authorities awarded such position only to members of important families.

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   Ruy Lopez de Villalobos
   Ruy Lopez de Villalobos
On November 1, 1542, Ruy Lopez de Villalobos started his expedition to the Philippines from Navidad, New Spain or Nueva EspaƱa (now Mexico). He was the brother-in-law of Antonio de Mendoza, then viceroy of New Spain, who appointed him to commander the expedition.

Villalobos reached Mindanao on February 2 of the following year, the first Spaniard to make explorations in that Island.

It was he who bestowed upon these islands the name "Felipinas" in honor of the Crown-prince, Don Felipe of Spain, who later became King Felipe II. He conferred this appellation sometime in 1543. Dr. Jose Rizal in his annotation to Morga's 1609 Philippine History, said that Villalobos initially gave the name "Felipinas" to one of the southern islands, Tandaya, now perhaps Leyte, and this name later was extended to the entire archipelago.



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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 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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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 General Douglas MacArthur return on October 20, 1944.
    The General Douglas MacArthur return on October 20, 1944.
  • 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
    (1900's)
  • 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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