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Rodrigo Roa Duterte (born 28 March 1945 in Maasin, Leyte) is a Filipino lawyer and politician serving as the 16th President of the Philippines. He took oath as President on 30 June 2016.

He has served as mayor of Davao City for 7 terms or more than 22 years. He has also served as vice-mayor and congressman in the city. Under Duterte's mayorship, the crime rate in Davao has dropped drastically, to the point that the local tourist board can advertise the city from being known as the “murder capital of the Philippines” to being "the most peaceful city in Southeast Asia". Duterte, who has been called "The Punisher" by the Time magazine, has been repeatedly criticized by some locals and by Amnesty International for having or at least allowing small criminals, often teenagers involve in criminal cases such as drugs and robbery, being executed by death squads.

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"Hello, Mindy! How do I avoid cramming for exams? I know there are times when busy students like me can't help it, but I want to start practicing good studying habits so I can get better grades. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!-Sarah"


Hello, Sarah, If it's any consolation, I've also had my fair share of cramming for exams and projects when I was still in school. But because I've realized that it's becoming an unhealthy habit, I decided to ditch cramming. First of all, it pays to actually listen to and participate in class discussions]. Being proactive in class not only scores you good points with your professor, but you're also able to actually understand what is being discussed. This helps you remember things better. Taking notes is also a good way to ensure that there's something to go back to in case you don't fully grasp a lesson. You don't have to take down every word your professor says; get to the point of what he's saying and jot that down. Of course, it's important to set a schedule and learn which tasks to prioritize. If you have an exam next week, start preparing for it a week earlier and postpone that out-of-town trip with your friends until after the exam (make that trip your reward!). It takes practice to develop good studying habits, so start as early as you can.

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T'nalak or Tinalak is an indigenous woven fabric made from abaca by the T'boli tribe of South Cotabato in the Philippines. It has become the best-known product of the province of South Cotabato. Due to its rarity and exotic design, the product has already reached the international fashion landscape. The province's yearly festival commemorating its foundation anniversary is known as the T'nalak Festival in honor of this cloth.

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  • July 24, 1898 – After having been led to believe that America is an ally, President Emilio Aguinaldo wrote to Gen. Thomas Anderson that while foreign powers have not yet acknowledged the Philippine Republic, the great North American nation would look upon Filipino assertion of sovereignty with greater benevolence than any other nation.
  • July 24, 1917Leonor Orosa Goquingco was born in Jolo, Sulu, to Sixto Orosa and Sevedna Luna, two pioneering physicians. She was a pioneer choreographer of the Philippines. She was given the National Artist Award in 1976. Unlike her teacher, Francisca Reyes Aquino, she believed in taking a more creative approach in the presentation of Philippine dances. She blended elements of classical ballet with Philippine folk dances. She choreographed dances depicting Philippine practices like the fiesta and the pabasa.

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Guillermo Estrella Tolentino (24 July 1890 – 12 July 1976) was a Filipino sculptor who was named National Artist of the Philippines for the Visual Arts in 1973. He is hailed as the “Father of Philippine Arts.” He sculpted the University of the Philippines' monument and main symbol, the UP Oblation, as well as the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City.

Guillermo E. Tolentino was born on 24 July 1890 in Malolos, Bulacan. His parents were Isidro Tolentino and Balbina Estrella. He first learned how to draw while attending intermediate school in Malolos, under his teacher, H.A. Bordner. He took up his secondary studies at the Manila High School, then pursued a degree in fine arts in 1915 at the University of the Philippines.

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