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THIS WEEK’S MILESTONES: Aug. 18-24, 2019

/ 05:00 AM August 18, 2019

Aug. 19, 1955

 

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A towering monument of former President Manuel Quezon at Perez Park in Lucena City, Quezon province, was inaugurated by then President Ramon Magsaysay.

The life-size bronze statue of the former provincial governor of Tayabas (former name of Quezon) was built from sacks of one-centavo coins donated by students from the province.

The bronze coins, which were minted by the US government and were circulated during the Commonwealth period before World War II, were shipped to Milan, Italy, where the monument was sculpted.

The shrine of Quezon, dubbed the “Father of the National Language,” is marked with an imposing marble wall and lies on the fourth block of the 7-hectare Perez Park in front of the capitol building.

Aug. 19, 1938

The former barangay of Angono was separated from Binangonan town in Rizal province to become a new municipality through Executive Order No. 158 signed by then President Manuel Quezon.

The passage of Republic Act No. 6469 in June 1972 ratified the executive order.

Its first five barangays were Bagong Bayan, Poblacion, San Isidro, San Roque and San Vicente.

It now has 10 barangays and had a population of 113,283 in 2015.

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Dubbed the “art capital of the Philippines,” Angono hosts art galleries and family-owned museums, such as the Angono Petroglyphs Site Museum, which is a national cultural treasure.

It is the birthplace of national artists Botong Francisco and Lucio San Pedro.

Compiled by Kathleen de Villa, Inquirer Research

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