THIS WEEK’S MILESTONES: Sept. 8-14, 2019
Sept. 9, 1968
The former 21 barangays of the municipality of Pototan in Iloilo province were separated to form a new town called Mina through Republic Act No. 5442.
Mina is a fifth-class town, 37 kilometers away from Iloilo City, capital of Iloilo province.
The agricultural town’s main industries are rice farming, poultry and hog raising.
Mina has 22 barangays today and had a population of 23,546 in 2015.
Sept. 13, 1900
Filipino soldiers led by Col. Maximo Abad defeated American forces led by Devereux Shields in Torrijos town, Marinduque province, in one of the first significant victories of Filipinos during the Philippine-American War.
In 1965, then President Diosdado Macapagal conferred posthumously the Philippine Legion of Honor award with the rank of commander to Abad and his men.
A historical marker was installed in September 1971 to commemorate the battle.
It was declared a national historical site in 1991.
Compiled by Kathleen de Villa, Inquirer Research
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