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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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"Happy Women's Day, Mindy! I am Hazel, a soon-to-be mom! I'm so excited to finally hold my baby boy in my arms this June (my due date). I am currently working and I am confused over whether or not I have the right to avail of maternity leave. Can you enlighten me? Thanks! -Hazel"


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Under the Social Security Act of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8282), employers shall give any pregnant employee who was able to render an aggregate service of at least six months for the last twelve months a maternity leave whether or not she is married to the father of the child. A maternity leave consists of two weeks prior to the expected delivery date and four weeks after normal delivery, with full pay based on her regular or average weekly wages. It could be extended to seventy-eight (78) days in case of a cesarean section delivery. A pregnant woman who is an SSS member should have paid at least three monthly contributions in the twelve-month period preceding the semester of childbirth in order to be paid a daily maternity benefit. The employer will cover maternity leave for the first four deliveries by a woman employee. May you have a safe delivery! God bless! :)

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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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  • May 31, 1764 - The Spanish troops led by Simon de Anda Salazar re-entered Manila and took back possession of the city in line with the terms of the Peace Treaty at Paris. It ended the British occupation of Manila.
  • May 31, 1898 – Filipino revolutionaries led by General Emilio Aguinaldo staged a general uprising against Spanish colonial forces.
  • May 31, 1996 – The Philippines and Malaysia signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which declared the Turtle Islands as Turtle Islands Heritage Protected Area (TIHPA).It is regarded as the only major nesting ground, with more than 1,000 nesters annually of the Green Tutrle, in the whole ASEAN region.


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Fernando Cueto Amorsolo is one of the most celebrated artists of the Philippines, and the first to be designated a National Artist. He is a portraitist and painter of Philippine rural landscapes, and is particularly noted for his brushwork and his skill in depicting light.


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