National Artist for Film Gerardo “Gerry” de Leon was born on Sept. 12, 1913, in Sampaloc, Manila. An award-winning director, he was the first to receive the best director award from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (Famas) in 1952. He was later inducted into the Famas Hall of Fame for winning the best director award seven times. Among De Leon’s works that are now considered classics are “Daigdig ng Mga Api,” “Noli Me Tangere,” “El Filibusterismo” and “Sisa.” He died on July 25, 1981, and was conferred the National Artist Award in 1982. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
By Tina G. Santos
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is eyeing the demolition of the historic Anda Circle in Manila to ease traffic in the already congested port area.
Melchora Aquino, known as the Mother of the Philippine Revolution, was arrested and imprisoned in Bilibid by Spanish authorities on Aug. 29, 1896. While detained, she was subjected to interrogations but refused to give information about the Katipunan. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Today, Aug. 25, is the 90th birth anniversary of former senator Gerardo M. Roxas. Born in Manila in 1924, Roxas was a brilliant lawyer, congressman and dedicated public servant. He died on April 20, 1982.–Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Former Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. was assassinated on the tarmac of Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983. His 11-hour funeral march 10 days later from Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City to Manila Memorial Park, Parañaque, is considered one of the longest in Philippine history. Ninoy Aquino Day is marked every Aug. 21 under Republic Act No. 9256 signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Feb. 25, 2004.