Today, Dec. 5, is the 22nd death anniversary of National Artist for Music Felipe Padilla de Leon. Born on May 1, 1912, De Leon was a composer, conductor and scholar. His awards include the Presidential Award of Merit in 1961, the Republic Cultural Heritage Award and the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila in 1971, and the First Cultural Achievement Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1975. De Leon was named National Artist in 1997.
Today, Dec. 4, is the 74th death anniversary of historian, legislator and educator Teodoro M. Kalaw Sr. Born on March 31, 1884, he was the editor of the revolutionary newspaper, El Renacimiento.
By Germelina Lacorte
Its rust-red boom neatly folded, the yellow backhoe that crunched the vehicles and bodies of 58 people, most of them media workers, in what is now called the Maguindanao massacre stands idle in the evidence yard of a police compound here.
On Nov. 23, 2009, 58 people were killed in an ambush in Maguindanao province in the worst election violence in Philippine history.
On Nov. 20, 1645, through an order of King Philip IV of Spain, Colegio de Santo Tomas was elevated to the status of a university by Pope Innocent X. The University of Santo Tomas is now considered the oldest existing university in Asia. Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research