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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.
By Gabriel Cardinoza
Sixty-eight years after American Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Forces landed on Jan. 9, 1945, on the shores of the Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese, the exact spot where he first set foot is still the subject of discussions in the province.
Described as a lottery addict by his Spanish biographer, Dr. Jose Rizal actually won the lottery while he was living in exile in Dapitan in 1892.
By Dr. Pablo S. Trillana III
Sunday, Dec. 30, is the 116th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal. It is also the centennial of the transfer of the remains of the national hero from Binondo to his monument in Luneta, now called Rizal Park.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
Of the many references to Christmas in the five-volume compilation of Jose Rizal’s correspondence, the formal but surly letter dated Dec. 25, 1896, stands out.
By Erika Sauler
, Michael Lim Ubac
President Benigno Aquino III leads the nation in commemorating the 116th anniversary of Jose P. Rizal’s martyrdom at ceremonies at Luneta Park this Sunday morning.
Today, Aug. 2, is the 213th birth anniversary of the secular priest and martyr, Mariano Gomez, one of the Gomburza priests. Born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, he believed that parishes should be secularized and turned over to Filipino priests. He was executed on Feb. 17, 1872, together with Jacinto Zamora and Jose Burgos for allegedly instigating the Cavite Mutiny that year. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research
President Manuel L. Quezon and President Corazon C. Aquino, who died on this date in different years, can be sources of inspiration for the persons who are responsible for filling the vacant post of Supreme Court Chief Justice. Quezon, who died 68 years ago in 1944, appointed the first all-Filipino members of the Supreme [...]
Today, May 23, is the 94th death anniversary of the late propagandist and revolutionary diplomat Mariano Ponce. Born on March 23, 1863, he was the business manager of the La Solidaridad where he also wrote articles on history, politics and biographies of eminent Filipinos. His remains were buried at Manila North Cemetery. Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research