Today, Sept. 15, is the 72nd death anniversary of the late playwright and writer Severino Reyes. Known as the Father of the Modern Tagalog Drama, he became popular for his “Lola Basyang” stories. He also founded the widely circulated and popular magazine “Liwayway” before he became its first editor and, eventually, a director. Reyes was born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, on Feb. 11, 1861. He died in 1942.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Today, Sept. 12, is the 201st birth anniversary of sculptor Leoncio Asuncion.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
As an “expression of support,” a group of military officers had planned a surprise birthday party for retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, who is celebrating his 64th birthday Thursday, at his detention cell at the Bulacan Provincial Jail in Malolos City.
Air strikes in Iraq, ongoing unrest in Syria and the beheadings of two American journalists are casting a long shadow over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Today, Sept. 8, is the 122nd birth anniversary of pioneering woman lawyer, presiding judge and suffragist Natividad Almeda-Lopez. Born in Manila in 1892, she was the first woman to serve as associate justice of the Court of Appeals when she was appointed by then President Carlos P. Garcia in 1961. She received the presidential award in 1955, 1966 and 1968 for her contributions to the women’s suffrage movement. She died on Jan. 23, 1977.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research