Today in Philippine History

(February 13)

February 13

Today in Philippine History, February 13, 1565, Miguel López de Legazpi landed on the shores of Cibabao

   Miguel López de Legazpi
   (Miguel López de Legazpi)

On February 13, 1565, Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and his troops arrived in the Philippines and landed on the shores of Cibabao (present day Samar island).

Earlier, on November 21, 1564, Legazpi set sail from Puerto de la Navidad, Mexico, sighted Gua Island in the Ladrones on January 21, stayed there for about 11 days. Sailed for 11 more days mostly of good weather and then finally came in sight of the Filipinas. In the afternoon of February 13, 1565, Legazpi cast anchor in the bay called Cibabao and remained there for 7 or 8 days.


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Today in Philippine history, March 12, 1972, the first successful test of a Philippine made missile system was made at Caballo island

Santa Barbara Project

On March 12, 1972, the first ever Philippine made rocket named "Bongbong I" was successfully launched at Caballo island near Corrigedor in the Manila Bay and successfully retrieved from the South China Sea. The rocket was part of the Philippine Military experiment to produce its own ballistic missiles. Initiated by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos, it was researched and developed by a group of Filipino and German engineers and scientists and the Philippine Navy under Project Santa Barbara.


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Today in Philippine history, November 28, 1953, the 8th Pacific Science and 4th Far Eastern Prehistory Congresses held in UP Diliman were concluded

Skeletal Structure of the stegodon

On November 28, 1953, the 8th Pacific Science Congress and the 4th Far Eastern Prehistory Congress, held simultaneous and several joint sessions, mostly in the University of the Philippines premises at Diliman, Quezon City, were concluded. Held under the auspices of the National Research Council of the Philippines, the congresses opened on November 16 and were attended by no less than 352 overseas foremost delegates from 27 different countries and by 1076 local delegates of various scientific, professional, and cultural organizations.


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Today in Philippine history, December 9, 1964, Senator Eulogio Rodriguez died in his sleep

Senate President Eulogio Rodriguez, Former President Sergio Osmeña and Speaker Jose B. 

Laurel Jr
(Senate President Eulogio Rodriguez (left), Former President Sergio Osmeña and House Speaker Jose B. Laurel Jr. on July 30, 1957 at the 50th anniversary of the First Philippine Assembly)

On early morning of December 9, 1964, Senator Eulogio Rodriguez died in his sleep, around a month before his 82nd birthday. He was the president of the Nacionalist Party at the time of his death and was one of the longest serving senators of the country. President Diosdado Macapagal expressing his grief, issued a proclamation declaring a period of national mourning until the interment. The President and his wife paid a visit of condolence on Mrs. Maria Lusita Rodriguez. The mayors of Manila and Quezon City also declared states of mourning and half-masting of flags.


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12 Paintings and Pastel Drawings of Philippine Women

This collection is the work of famous Filipino artists, Fernando Amorsolo, Pablo Amorsolo, Fabian dela Rosa, and I. L. Miranda. All of the 12 paintings and pastel drawings were made for the covers of Philippine Magazine from June 1928 to May 1929. Attractive as they are, they must not be taken as representing the best work of these painters.


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Jose Rizal's letter to the 20 young women of Malolos - Translation from Tagalog

The 20 women of Malolos handing their memorial
(An artist imaginative depiction of the 20 women handing the petition to Weyler)

(This long letter, written in Tagalog, was the result of something unheard of that had happened at Malolos on December 12, 1888. A committee of 20 young ladies of Malolos presented to General Weyler a memorial petitioning for authority to open a night school for Spanish language. It is said that this letter was read in the women assembly, copies circulated, and kept them as carefully as precious gold. Translation by Efipanio de los Santos in 1917.)


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Spanish and the Philippine Languages - Ferdinand Blumentritt view of the opening of Spanish language School in Malolos

A sketch of Ferdinand Blumentritt by Juan Luna
(A sketch of Ferdinand Blumentritt by Juan Luna)

(The approval of the petition of the 20 women of Malolos to open a school for Spanish language, gave rise to a flutter exicitement both in the Philippines and in Spain. It resulted in a debate which gave no peace to the pens of both Spanish and Filipino writers. This article by Ferdinand Blumentritt is published in the July 15, 1890 issue of La Solidaridad)


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Today in Philippine history, November 17, 1898, a provisional revolutionary government of the District of Visayas was inaugurated

Filipino regiment in Iloilo
(Filipino regiment in Iloilo)

On November 17, 1898 a provisional revolutionary government of the District of Visayas was organized as a political subdivision of the Malolos government. Steps were then taken to organize the towns in accordance with the regulations issued by General Emilio Aguinaldo. Roque Lopez was designated president of the revolutionary government of the District of Visayas. Upon the constitution of the government a manifesto was issued which reads in part as follows:


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