This week’s historical milestones
April 9, 1942
Filipino and American troops of the Bataan command surrendered to the Japanese during World War II. The event was first commemorated as “Bataan Day” in 1953 by then President Elpidio Quirino to pay homage to the “unparalleled heroism of Filipino and American forces who fought side by side in their defense of freedom and democracy.” The historic day was renamed “Araw ng Kagitingan” in 1987 by then President Corazon Aquino.
April 14, 1521
The first Mass in Cebu province was celebrated. About 500 Cebuanos were baptized, including Rajah Humabon, who was renamed Carlos.
Compiled by Kathleen de Villa, Inquirer Research
Sources: Inquirer Archives, DOT, Official Calendar of the Republic, Historical Calendar (1521-1969), gov.ph
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