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The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival 2016, popularly referred to as Cinemalaya 2016, is an all-digital film festival and competition aiming to promote, encourage, and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers who present bold, fresh, artistic insights on the lives of the Filipinos. It is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc., Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Film Development Council of the Philippines, and Econolink Investments, Inc. Screening of films will be from August 5 to 14.

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"What's up Miss Mindy? Since it is the death anniversary of the late beloved President Corazon Aquino, I would like to know the origin of the term “Cory Magic,” which is believed to have sparked the EDSA revolution.-Andi"


Hi Andi! I'm doing fine here at Wikipilipinas. Regarding your question, Father Catalino Arevalo of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines described Corazon Aquino as having a “will of steel” in calling for civil disobedience against the Marcos administration, but nonetheless displayed no “fuzz, fret or fury” when she led the EDSA People Power revolt. These remarkable characteristics of Tita Cory are believed to have inspired the people to topple the Marcos regime—thus, the term “Cory Magic.” You may read this to know more about her legacy. \m/

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The Tsinelas (slippers), which was derived from the Spanish word chinela, is a light low-cut footwear that can be easily slipped onto the foot. It has a very simple design consisting of a flexible sole and a Y-shaped hold-strap strategically placed in order to bind the slipper to the foot. It is considered a necessity by most Filipinos and has been incorporated in the standard inventory of every household, regardless of their social and economic class. Though traditionally made from abaca or katad (leather), modern tsinelas are now made out of rubber, fabric, synthetic resin, and other materials.

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  • August 30, 1951 – US President Harry Truman and Philippine President Elpidio Quirino signed the Mutual Defense Treaty in Washington, D.C. The two countries agreed to "maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack" and to recognize that "an armed attack in the Pacific area on either the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety" and further agreed that each "would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes".
  • August 30, 1896 – At dawn, Andres Bonifacio and his 800 strong yet poorly-armed Katipuneros faced off with the well-armed 100 well-trained Spanish soldiers. Bonifacio, Emilio Jacinto, Sancho Valenzuela and the freedom fighters captured El Polvorin, a powder depot located in San Juan del Monte. The Spaniards withdrew to the old water reservoir in the town. By noon time, the 73rd Regiment composed of properly-trained and well-equipped Filipinos under the command of Spanish officers dealt a fatal flow. Bonifacio and his men retreated towards Sta. Mesa. At the end of this hostility, 153 of Bonifacio's men were killed in action and 200 were captured. As the flame of the revolution engulfed provinces, Spanish Governor-General Ramon Blanco declared the state of war and martial law on Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas.

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Marcelo H. del Pilar

Marcelo Hilario del Pilar y Gatmaytan was a celebrated figure in the Philippine Revolution and a leading propagandist for reforms in the Philippines. Popularly known as Plaridel, he was the editor and co-publisher of La Solidaridad. He tried to marshal the nationalist sentiment of the enlightened Filipino ilustrados, or bourgeoisie, against Spanish imperialism.

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