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May is the National Heritage Month (or Filipino Heritage Month) with its month-long festival of exhibits, performances, tours, processions, paradises and poetical jousts celebrating our historical landmarks and traditions. It is celebrated during the month of May in accordance to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Proclamation No. 439 on 11 August 2003, “declaring the month of May of every year as National Heritage Month. The event is in recognition of the need to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and pride for the legacies of Filipino cultural history, and love of country.”




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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"


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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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They made your heart bleed. You never missed a single episode, itching to see when your favorite underdog heroine will finally wreak her sweet revenge. You cried during their sad moments, and you cursed the people who hurt them. And, whether you admit it or not, you even felt that you were living the life of the heroine. Now let's hop onto the time machine and fasten our seatbelts as we take a blast from the past. The following Most Heart Rending Drama Series of All Time will surely make you grab those tissues and keep you on the edge of your seat.


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  • May 22, 1924 - Jeremias Elizalde Navarro was born in Antique. He is a versatile artist, painter and sculptor. Equipped with different skills, he worked not only with paintings, but also sculptures, drawings, graphic designs and prints. Mastered the use of various media, like hardwood, metal and other objects, and created mixed media works. Navarro created masks out of hardwood, abstract and figurative paintings using oil and watercolor, and mixed media using metal and various objects. He was honored as a National Artist in Painting in 1999.


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Julio Nakpil was a Filipino composer who fought in the Philippine Revolution. Among his expository works were "Luz Poetica de la Aurora," "Recuerdos de Capiz" and "Exposicion Regional Filipina," all of which were given a diploma of honor from the Exposicion Regional Filipina in 1895. He was also awarded a diploma and bronze medal from the Exposition of Hanoi in 1902, a diploma and silver medal from the St. Louis International Exposition in the U.S. in 1904, and a medal and citation from the Civic Assembly of Women in 1954. In 1963 he was given a posthumous award by the Bonifacio Centennial Commission in recognition of his patriotism. In 1964, a memoir entitled Julio Nakpil and the Philippine Revolution was published by his heirs.


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