The first national election for a Philippine Assembly was held on July 30, 1907. Eighty delegates were elected for two-year terms with at least one delegate for each of the 34 provinces. The Nacionalista Party garnered 59 seats, the Progresistas 16 seats while the rest went to independents and minority parties.
Today, July 23, is the 150th birth anniversary of hero and patriot Apolinario Mabini. Born in 1864, he is known as the “Brains of the Revolution” and “Sublime Paralytic.” Mabini was a member of La Liga Filipina and a trusted adviser of Emilio Aguinaldo. He died of cholera on May 13, 1903, at the age of 38.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Apolinario Mabini (1864-1903) has been reduced by textbook history into two simplistic titles: “Sublime Paralytic” and “Brains of the Revolution.”
By Jovic Yee
Two vans full of Japanese tourists stopped at the steps of the Manila Cathedral. Within seconds, at least five coachmen, who were earlier looking for customers to take on leisurely rides at nearby Plaza de Roma, approached the new arrivals—only to be politely turned down.
Gil Montilla, the first National Assembly speaker, died on July 20, 1946. Born on Sept. 11, 1876, he served as National Assembly speaker from 1935 to 1938. He also served as president of the Nacionalista Party.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research