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Calle Alix in Sampaloc, Manila, was renamed Legarda Avenue after Benito Legarda who was born 160 years ago today. Born in Manila on Sept. 27, 1853, he was a member of the Malolos Congress and one of the first commissioners of the Philippines to the United States. He died on Aug. 27, 1915, in France and was buried at Manila North Cemetery. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
By Joan Orendain
The eminent writer Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, a lady of discerning taste, wrote: “Each little shop held infinite treasures. I bought an evening bag of gray satin that was straight out of Paris. I have it still. It symbolizes for me the spirit of Negros.”
By Fernando del Mundo
We have one of the worst floods in years. Almost all of Western Luzon is underwater. While Typhoon “Gloring” is leaving… there is a new typhoon… So we expect the rains to continue.
The Philippine General Hospital on Taft Avenue in Manila, was created in 1907 by the Philippine Commission’s Act No. 1688. Established to cater to poor Filipinos, it was built at a cost of around P780,000. PGH was opened to the public three years later in September 1910 with 330 beds. It was attached to the Philippine Medical School, forerunner of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. Today, the hospital has a bed capacity of 1,500 and around 4,000 employees. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
The late statesman and business magnate, former Senate President Gil Puyat, was born on Sept. 1, 1907. The youngest dean of the University of the Philippines (College of Business Administration) at age 33, he served in the Senate from 1951 to 1973. As a legislator, Puyat left a mark by instituting changes in the distribution and administration of public funds. One of his major contributions was the Budget Act, a landmark law which mandated that the national budget must include in its catalogue a schedule of projects and auditing achievements. Two years after Puyat’s death in March 1980, Buendia Avenue was renamed in his honor by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 312. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
By Nikko Dizon
Ten years after the Oakwood mutiny, the military continues to regard the caper by more than 300 junior officers and enlisted men as a “wrong” but “necessary event” that led to reforms in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Almost 50 years ago today (Friday), a group of Filipino boy scouts died in a plane crash on their way to represent the country in an international jamboree in Greece. On July 28, 1963, the entire team perished with passengers and crew members of United Arab Airlines Flight 869 when the plane crashed into the Arabian Sea near Santa Cruz, India. The “Scout” streets on Tomas Morato and Timog Avenues were named in their honor while the Boy Scouts Rotunda in Quezon City was erected in their memory. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
By Maricar Cinco
In one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Metro Manila, the dead crowd with the living. Space is running out in Manila North Cemetery that the relatives of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal had no recourse but to have the remains of his sister, Narcisa Alonso Rizal, and her family exhumed and transferred to Laguna province after more than 70 years.
Friday, May 10, is the 129th birth anniversary of Maria Paz Mendoza-Guanzon. Born in Pandacan, Manila, she was a woman of many firsts. She was among the first Filipino women to acquire a high school diploma and receive a medical degree from the University of the Philippines. She was also the first woman member of the university’s Board of Regents. A pathologist, she was known for her pioneering work in the study of “bangungot.” Married to fellow doctor Potenciano Guanzon, she died of a heart attack on March 10, 1967. Calle Otis, a street in Paco, Manila, was renamed after her.Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
Friday, April 19, is the 144th birth anniversary of Gregorio Araneta, secretary of the Malolos Congress and justice secretary of the First Republic. Born in 1869, he studied law at the University of Santo Tomas. At the age of 30 in 1899, he was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court, the youngest to occupy the position. On May 9, 1930, Araneta died of a heart attack and was interred at La Loma Cemetery. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
Thursday, April 4, is the 145th birth anniversary of the late statesman Felipe Calderon, the author of the Malolos Constitution. Born in 1868, as a student of the then Ateneo de Municipal, Calderon was said to have had to walk to school barefooted because he was saving the only pair of slippers he had from being worn out. He graduated with honors and then pursued law. He died in Manila on July 6, 1908. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
By Fernando del Mundo
When the phone rang one day in May 1979, he was not to know that he would be caught in one of the most tumultuous chapters in Philippine history.
By Fernando del Mundo
The wild tree atop a hill overlooking the bustling town of San Pedro, as well as Laguna de Bay had always fascinated the late Salvador “Doy” Laurel as he traveled the highway.