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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.
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Galicano Apacible (b. June 25, 1864 - d. March 2, 1949) who was a cousin of Dr. Jose Rizal, co-founder of La Solidaridad and Nacionalista Party, and formed the Hong Kong Junta, was also a former Governor of Batangas and former Representative of the 1st District of Batangas to the 2nd and 3rd Philippine Legislature of 1909 to 1916.

Born on the 25th of June, 1864 in Balayan, Batangas, he was the youngest of the three children of Don Vicente Apacible and Catalina Castillo. He was eight years old when he completed his preparatory course. He went to the private school of Benedicto Luna and then enrolled at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in high school. Kanoy and his older brother, Leon, lived in a boarding house at 15 Anda Street, in Intramuros with their cousin, Jose Rizal.


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  • June 25, 1865 - Under a Spanish royal decree, the Old Bilibid Prison, the first national penitentiary in the country, was established in Manila. It was divided into two sections, the "carcel"section housing 600 inmates, and the "presidio" accommodating 527 prisoners.
  • June 25, 1881 - A Royal decree was issued abolishing the tobacco monopoly in the Philippines. The order was applied in the islands in 1882, and the suppression of the monopoly was completed in 1884.
  • June 25, 1898 - American Consul General at Hong Kong Rounseville Wildman wrote to Philippine President Emilio Aguinaldo and convinced him to stand shoulder to shoulder with what will be the future invading American forces. Wildman added that he has supposedly"vouched for [Aguinaldo's] honesty and earnestness of purpose to the President of the United States and to [the American] people.
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