THIS WEEK’S MILESTONES: June 2-8, 2019
June 3, 2016
An unnamed leader of Macabebe town in Pampanga province was proclaimed the hero and martyr in the Battle of Bangkusay in a marker unveiled by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
The historical marker was unveiled in Macabebe on the 445th anniversary of the battle, where warriors of Pampanga and their allies in Bulacan province resisted the first attempt of Spain to colonize Luzon.
The move by the NHCP had corrected a centuries-old error committed by Filipino and Spanish historians, who had credited Rajah Soliman to be the leader of the Battle of Bangkusay.
The marker’s inscription called the nameless hero “The Young Leader of Macabebe” because the NHCP rejected the names such as Bambalito, Tarik Soliman and Bangkaw since these did not have documentary evidence.
June 7, 2018
The P17.5-billion Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 was inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The terminal was one of the projects under the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program and was only 16 percent complete when it was chosen as one of the projects of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.
It was built to increase the airport’s capacity to 12.5 million passengers from 4.5 million passengers.
The new terminal spans 65,500 square meters and was designed by Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates together with local designers Budji Layug, Royal Pineda and Cebu’s very own Kenneth Cobonpue.
Compiled by Kathleen de Villa, Inquirer Research