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During the 19th century, Asia, Europe and in America lived in turmoil caused by events in history. Filipinos who were under the control of the Spanish colonialists suffered from corruption, failure of human rights, racial discrimination, forced labor and power drifting of the friars and the guardia civil.



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"Hello Mindy! I am a self-confessed daddy's girl and I want to know more about the history of celebrating Father's Day. How did it all begin? I want to make my dad's day extra special by creating a short clip about it. Thanks! -Ann"


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Hi Ann! Your father is very blessed to have a sweet and thoughtful daughter like you. There are a few stories on how the celebration of Father's Day began. It was said that about 4,000 years ago, a young boy named Elmusu wished for his father to have a long and good life by carving a Father's Day message out of clay. Another story says that the celebration is held in June because it was the birth month of Sonora Smart Dodd's father, a woman who had the idea of a day for fathers while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having raised by her father after her mother died, she wanted her father to know how special he was to her. Also, in 1924, US President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. This year, Father's day will be celebrated on the 17th of June. Happy Father's Day to your dad and to all the great fathers out there!

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Cover to the El Indio compilation.

El Indio is an adventure komiks novel written and illustrated by Francisco V. Coching and published in the pages of Pilipino Komiks from 1952 - 1953. It tells the story of Fernando, a handsome and dashing Spanish mestizo who went back to the Philippines to exact revenge on his father who he believed abandoned him and his mother Blanquita. There he discovered the cruel and oppressive colonial government, and joined the rebels in the fight against the oppressors as El Indio. El Indio was the sequel to Coching's popular series, Sabas, Ang Barbaro and is one the most popular and most successful of all his komiks novels.


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  • June 22, 1900 – General Arthur McArthur offered Apolinario Mabini amnesty for swearing loyalty to the Bald Eagle flag. Mabini was jailed for being an active agitator. He persistently and defiantly refused amnesty and maintained correspondence with insurgents.
  • June 22, 1976 – President Ferdinand Marcos approved the “open skies policy”. It allowed the increase of frequency of flights and entry of foreign airlines into the Philippines.


To learn more about Philippine history and literature, visit Filipiniana.net

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Jovito Salonga (22 June 1920-10 March 2016) is a Filipino statesman and lawyer who is known for opposing the Marcos regime. He is also called the Father of Philippine Liberalism.

He was born on 22 June 1920 in Pasig City to Esteban Salonga, a Presbyterian pastor, and Bernardita Reyes, a market vendor. He was the youngest among the couple's 5 sons. He took a course in law at the University of the Philippines. He took the bar exams in 1944 and topped it with a grade point average of 95.3%, the second highest score in Philippine Bar history. Afterwards he went back to the U.P. College of Law and earned his Ll.B degree in 1946. He pursued to further his studies at Harvard University in the United States. Later, he was awarded a fellowship at the Yale University where he earned his doctorate in jurisprudence in 1949 and was honored with the Ambrose Gherini prize for writing the best paper in international law.


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