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TODAY, April 23, is the 162nd birth anniversary of Bishop Jorge Barlin Imperial, the first Filipino Catholic bishop. Born in 1852, he was ordained to priesthood at the age of 28. His episcopal consecration was held on June 29, 1906, in Manila. Bishop Barlin also delivered the invocation at the inauguration of the Philippine Assembly in 1907. He died on Sept. 4, 1909. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
A defemder of civil rights and the 15th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Claudio Teehankee was born on April 18, 1918. Teehankee distinguished himself when he upheld the rights of the people even during the height of the martial law period. He also played a vital role swearing in President Corazon Aquino as the country’s 11th President. Teehankee served as Chief Justice until his retirement on April 18, 1988. He died on Nov. 27, 1989, at the age of 71. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Elpidio Quirino took his oath of office as president of the Philippines on April 17, 1948, after President Manuel Roxas died of a heart attack two days before.
By Gabriel Cardinoza
Ask anyone at the fish market here where to find “kera kera’y Diyos (God’s leftover)” and you will likely be directed to an ambulant vendor offering it.
By Ramon Tulfo
Yesterday, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), the country remembered, as in previous years, the gallantry of the Filipino and American soldiers in Bataan that ended in humiliating defeat, leading to the infamous Death March.
By Leti Boniol
The mountain is only about five kilometers from the wharf here, but the deep forest marked by century-old trees proved lush enough to provide good cover for several Japanese soldiers who stayed on the island for 30 years, in the belief that World War II was far from over.
Today is the 143rd birth anniversary of patriot, historian and writer Epifanio de los Santos. Born in 1871, De los Santos is recognized as one of the best intellectuals in history and regarded as the first Filipino academician.
Major projects, including academic conferences, public health clinics, medical missions and food and cultural events, are being planned by the Quezon City government to mark its 75th Diamond Jubilee celebration starting in October.
Today, March 31, is the 130th birth anniversary of writer and public servant Teodoro M. Kalaw. Born in 1884, he served as editor of El Renacimiento and a member of the Philippine Assembly. He also served as undersecretary of the Interior. Calle San Luis in Ermita, Manila, the location of the National Library and Museum where he served as director, was renamed in his honor. He died on Dec. 4, 1940.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research
Key moments in the Moro history of the insurgency and the peace talks
start in the 13th century when Arab traders introduce Islam to the Sulu island group near the lower tip of a Southeast Asian archipelago, later to be called the Philippines.
Today is the 106th birth anniversary of National Scientist and biophysical chemist Julian Banzon. Recognized for his outstanding contributions in the field of chemistry in the Philippines, he was conferred the title of National Scientist by President Corazon Aquino in July 1986. He died on Sept. 15, 1988 at the age of 80.
Today, March 24, is the 44th death anniversary of writer, labor leader and National Artist for Literature Amado V. Hernandez. Born on Sept. 13, 1903, he grew up in Tondo, Manila.
Today, March 18, is the 164th birth anniversary of Tagalog novelist Gabriel Beato Francisco. Born in Sampaloc, Manila, in 1850, Francisco is the author of the first published Tagalog novel titled “Cababalaghan ni P. Bravo” which was serialized in “Ang Kapatid ng Bayan” in 1899. He died on Dec. 19, 1935.—Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research