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Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare) is a 1977 independent film directed by Kidlat Tahimik, the chosen nom de plume of independent underground filmmaker, Eric de Guia. This movie was his first work and it won him an award at the 1977 Berlin Film Festival. The story centers on a young man from a small town who dreams of becoming part of something greater. The narrative is told from the main character's point of view and has a touch of comedy and drama.





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"Hey, Mindy! I have always wondered how the paper money in our wallets are made. I've watched an episode of How Stuff Works which showed how dollar bills are printed. Do we follow the same process? Thanks! -Justine"


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Hi, Justine! Banknote printing is a complicated process that requires a sophisticated equipment that is only available to central banks of issuing countries. In the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is the central monetary authority. After the conceptualization of the design, an artist draws a prototype banknote. After being approved, a master die is prepared from which printing plates are produced. Production involves the following steps: Litho printing (sheets are printed simultaneously with multi-color or rainbow background prints); Intaglio printing (engraved features are printed to produce tactile or embrossed effect); Sheet inspection (to check for printing faults for security reasons); Numbering (printing of serial numbers); Tenning (every tenth sheet undergoes inspection for printing defects); and Finishing (cutting into notes, counting, and packaging).

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Pitoy Moreno, "The Fashion Czar Of Asia"
Jose "Pitoy" Moreno is an internationally-renowned fashion designer in the Philippines. He is named "The Fashion Czar Of Asia" for his achievement as a designer and his stature in Philippine fashion. He was conferred the National Artist award by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009.


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  • October 20, 1944 - The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines ended soon after Douglas MacArthur landed at Red Beach with 225,000 troops and 600 ships.

    MacArthur made his promise to return to the Philippines when the Japanese occupied the country in 1942. By this time, the Allies had already decided to attack Japan directly rather than battle the Japanese in the Philippines. MacArthur, however, convinced President Roosevelt and Pacific Commander Chester Nimitz to send forces to the Philippines to fight against the Japanese forces that had overtaken the country. The U.S. 6th Army stormed the beach, following which MacArthur arrived in the company of Sergio Osmeña, Carlos P. Romulo, the U.S. Fifth Air Force, and the U.S. Seventh Fleet under Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid on October 20, 1944. The U.S. Forces defeated the Japanese soon afterward in the famous Battle of Leyte Gulf.

    The anniversary of this event is commemorated annually at the park with a reenactment of the famous landing, attended by local and foreign dignitaries.


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Mark Pinili Javier (born 20 October 1981) is a professional archer from the Philippines. He is an alumnus of the Siliman University, with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. He joined the Siliman University Dumaguete Archery Club (SUDAC) and is a member of the National Archery Association of the Philippines (NAAP). He has participated in and won medals from several local and international competitions. He was a member of the Philippine archery team for the November 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.


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