Today, July 15, is the 9th death anniversary of National Artist for Dance Leonor Orosa-Goquingco. Born on July 24, 1917, she was known as the Mother of Philippine Theater Dance and Dean of Filipino Performing Arts Critics. A pioneer Filipino choreographer in balletic folkloric and Asian styles, Orosa-Goquinco was a founding member of the Philippine Ballet Theater. She was conferred the title of national artist in 1976 and died in 2005 at the age of 87.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Today, July 11, is the 23rd death anniversary of National Artist for Theater and Music Honorata “Atang” de la Rama. Known as the “Queen of Zarzuela and the Kundiman,” she was born on Jan. 11, 1902, in Pandacan, Manila. De la Rama was the first Filipino actress to appear in movies. She received the President’s medal of merit in 1966 and the Sagisag ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1964. Named a national artist in 1987, she died in 1991. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Jerome Aning
The Department of Justice (DOJ) sees no impediment to a resolution passed by both houses of Congress declaring July 27 a “special nonworking holiday” to commemorate the centennial of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan
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By Donna Cueto-Ybañez
Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo on Saturday officiated a special worship service at the INC Central Temple in Quezon City, where a newly installed 20-ton world-class pipe organ was played for the first time.