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During the 19th century, Asia, Europe and in America lived in turmoil caused by events in history. Filipinos who were under the control of the Spanish colonialists suffered from corruption, failure of human rights, racial discrimination, forced labor and power drifting of the friars and the guardia civil.



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"Hello Mindy! I am a self-confessed daddy's girl and I want to know more about the history of celebrating Father's Day. How did it all begin? I want to make my dad's day extra special by creating a short clip about it. Thanks! -Ann"


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Hi Ann! Your father is very blessed to have a sweet and thoughtful daughter like you. There are a few stories on how the celebration of Father's Day began. It was said that about 4,000 years ago, a young boy named Elmusu wished for his father to have a long and good life by carving a Father's Day message out of clay. Another story says that the celebration is held in June because it was the birth month of Sonora Smart Dodd's father, a woman who had the idea of a day for fathers while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having raised by her father after her mother died, she wanted her father to know how special he was to her. Also, in 1924, US President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. This year, Father's day will be celebrated on the 17th of June. Happy Father's Day to your dad and to all the great fathers out there!

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Cover to the El Indio compilation.

El Indio is an adventure komiks novel written and illustrated by Francisco V. Coching and published in the pages of Pilipino Komiks from 1952 - 1953. It tells the story of Fernando, a handsome and dashing Spanish mestizo who went back to the Philippines to exact revenge on his father who he believed abandoned him and his mother Blanquita. There he discovered the cruel and oppressive colonial government, and joined the rebels in the fight against the oppressors as El Indio. El Indio was the sequel to Coching's popular series, Sabas, Ang Barbaro and is one the most popular and most successful of all his komiks novels.


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  • Ma' Rosa - is a film about a mother forced to sell drugs. Directed by Brillante Mendoza, the film stars Jaclyn Jose who won Best Actress during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
  • Ramil Duke Purisima - composer, producer, and bass player of GRAMMY® fame.
  • Luis Katigbak - Filipino award-winning writer and music critic
  • Maxine Medina - Filipina beauty queen and a freelance interior designer. She is Miss Universe Philippines 2016.
  • Dalit - isang tula na maaaring mabuo sa isang saknong gaya ng tanága at diyóna.
  • Heart Month

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  • June 27, 1864 - Father Apolonio Burgos published a superb defense of native Catholic priests in the Philippines, his Manifesto to the Noble Spanish People Which the Loyal Filipinos Address in Defense of their Honor and Loyalty.
  • June 27, 1974 - Filipino Chess Master Eugene Torre became Asia's first grandmaster by drawing with American Grandmaster Robert Byrne at the 21st Chess Olympiad in Nice, France.


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Ladislao Diwa y Nocon (June 27, 1863 - March 12, 1930) a native of San Roque, Cavite. Patriot, one of the co-founders of the Katipunan. He was born in San Roque, Cavite the son of Mariano Diwa and Cecilia Nocon. He first studied at home and was enrolled at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran and later studied for the priesthood at the University of Santo Tomas. Before his ordination he had to abandon his ecclesiastical studies and duties because of his fathers objections. He had shifted his attention in the study of law at the same university, where he and Andres Bonifacio became friends where they secretly distributing propaganda literature done by Jose Rizal and by Marcelo H. del Pilar, during a propaganda movement in Spain, inside the campus. Both became close friends, Diwas and Teodoro Plata boarded at the house of Bonifacio in Tondo, Manila.


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