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With most of the citizens gone to the provinces for the Holy Week, Manila transforms into a peaceful city, one that actually invokes prayer and introspection at a time when it cannot be more appropriate. Some of the people who stay and take advantage of this rare quiet perform their spiritual duties by participating in the traditional Visita Iglesia, or Visit of the Churches- 14 Churches as a contemplation of the 14 stations of the cross. Aside from the religious experience, this journey gives one a glimpse of some of the best Filipino-Spanish architecture in the region.

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"Hi, Mindy! School's out until June. I wonder how to keep my kids entertained for the next few months. May you please give me tips on how to keep them busy at home? Thanks! -Sam"


Hi there, Sam! It's good to put some of that free time to good use! You may want them to learn a new skill. Let them take swimming lessons, attend a sports clinic, or enroll in an activity they're interested in. These activities will keep them fit as well. Better yet, spend time together by teaching them how to ride a bike or how to skate. Hone their artistic skills. Teach them how to make crafts with recyclable items. Teach them how to cook! Prepare a pizza or a salad together. You may also want to teach them the value of money at an early age. Help them set up a juice stand and advice them to save their earnings for future use. Teach them how to be responsible, let them take care of a plant or a new pet. There are endless possibilities where your kids will be kept busy during the summer break, just be sure that they are safe and that they enjoy what they do.

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Jose Rizal's arrival in Manila on June 26, 1892 had become very sensational among the Filipinos. His popularity feared the Spaniards, and as such, payed careful attention to his every moves – all houses where he had been were searched and the Filipinos seen in his company were suspected. As he had planned, on July 3, 1892 he founded the La Liga Filipina in the house of Doroteo Ongjunco in Tondo, Manila. (For a more comprehensive discussion on the La Liga Filipina. Four days after the civic organization's foundation, Jose Rizal was arrested by the Spanish authorities.

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  • April 28, 1611 – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) was founded, through the initiative of Bishop Miguel de Benavides, O.P., the third Archbishop of Manila. UST is considered to be the premier Catholic university of the Philippines and the oldest existing university in Asia. In Spanish, it is referred to A La Real y Pontificia Universidad de Santo Tomas de Aquino Universidad Católica de Filipinas. King Charles III of Spain bestowed the title “Royal” on 1785; “Pontifical” by Pope Leo XIII on 1902 through his constitution, Quae Mari Sinico and Pope Pius XII designated “appellative "The Catholic University of the Philippines" on 1947. UST is the largest Catholic university in the world in a single campus based on student enrollment. It was established through the efforts of Bishop Miguel de Benavides, the third Archbishop of Manila.
  • April 28, 1949 – First Lady Aurora Quezon, her daughter Maria Aurora, her son-in-law Philip Buencamino III, Quezon City Mayor Ponciano Bernardo, and eight others were killed in an ambush by HUKBALAHAP rebels. They were on their way to Baler, the birthplace of former President Manuel L. Quezon, for the inauguration of the Quezon Memorial Hospital.
  • April 28, 1995Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero, Filipino playwright, director, teacher and theater artist, died.

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Aurora Aragon Quezon is the wife of Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon and the second First Lady of the Republic of the Philippines. She was born on 19 February 1888 to Pedro Aragon and Zeneida Molina in Baler, Tayabas (now Aurora province). The youngest among the brood, she was only nine years old when her family sought refuge in the local church during the Siege of Baler while her father was imprisoned in Fort Santiago because of allegations that he was a member of the Katipunan.

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