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On June 19, 1861, Wednesday night, the seventh child and second son of Doña Teodora and Francisco Mercado, Jose Rizal, was born in the town of Calamba, Laguna. During delivery, Doña Teodora almost died because of Jose's big head:

“I was born in Calamba on 19 June, 1861, between eleven and twelve midnight, a few days before full moon. It was a Wednesday and my coming out in the vale of tears would have cost my mother and her life had she not vowed to the Virgin of Antipolo to take me to her sanctuary by the way of Pilgrimage”, Rizal recounted in his memoirs.




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"Bb. Mindy, isa po ako sa mga tagahanga ni Gat Jose Rizal. Batid kong maraming larangan ang kaniyang pinasok katulad ng panitikan, politika, medisina, maging ang isports. Para sa iyo, ano ang pinakainteresanteng larangang pinasok ni Rizal? -Pareng B"


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Happy Father's Day sa 'yo Pareng B, at nawa'y makabuluhan din ang ating pagdiriwang sa ika-150 taon ng kapanganakan ng ating Pambansang Bayani. Para sa akin, mahalaga ring makilala si Rizal bilang ang "Ama ng Komiks" sa Pilipinas, at ito'y pinatutunayan ng premyadong historyador na si Ambeth Ocampo. Ipinapakita nito na may lighter side si Pepe at hindi lang siya basta isang martir at repormista--isa rin siyang komikero. Nakakatuwa ring ang pinakakilala niyang komiks--ang Matsing at Pagong--ay isa na ring interactive e-book at ito'y patunay sa malawak pa ring impluwensiya ng ating Pambansang Bayani sa Digital Age. :}

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The Adopt-A-School Program is a program initiated by the Department of Education which was launched in 2000 with the passage of Republic Act 8525 pursuant to Adopt-a-School Act of 1998.


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  • June 29, 1626 – Spanish general and colonial official Juan Niño de Tabora arrived in Manila to serve as Governor-General of the Philippines. He brought with him the wooden statue of the Virgin Mary known as Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage), now placed in Antipolo Church. The statue was believed to have protected the ship from storms and a shipboard fire during Tabora's 3-month voyage to the Philippines. It became the patron of the Manila-Acapulco galleons.


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'Tomas Mateo Claudio a native of Morong, Rizal, was the first Filipino hero of World War I. He was born on 7 May 1892 to Gregorio Claudio, a violinist who served as church registrar and secretary to the provincial governor, and Pelagia Mateo, a seamstress.

Even as a young boy, he already showed bravery and inclination for military service and adventure. He was known as quite stubborn but cheerful by his friends and classmates at the Morong Elementary School. At a military exercise held in school in 1907, private Claudio was declared the most outstanding captain of company A. He was immediately given the rank of battalion commander. His father died that same year.


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