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With most of the citizens gone to the provinces for the Holy Week, Manila transforms into a peaceful city, one that actually invokes prayer and introspection at a time when it cannot be more appropriate. Some of the people who stay and take advantage of this rare quiet perform their spiritual duties by participating in the traditional Visita Iglesia, or Visit of the Churches- 14 Churches as a contemplation of the 14 stations of the cross. Aside from the religious experience, this journey gives one a glimpse of some of the best Filipino-Spanish architecture in the region.

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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"


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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Jose Rizal's arrival in Manila on June 26, 1892 had become very sensational among the Filipinos. His popularity feared the Spaniards, and as such, payed careful attention to his every moves – all houses where he had been were searched and the Filipinos seen in his company were suspected. As he had planned, on July 3, 1892 he founded the La Liga Filipina in the house of Doroteo Ongjunco in Tondo, Manila. (For a more comprehensive discussion on the La Liga Filipina. Four days after the civic organization's foundation, Jose Rizal was arrested by the Spanish authorities.

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  • April 21, 1897 - Mariano Marcos was born in Batac, Ilocos Norte to Fabian Marcos and Cresencia Rubio. Marcos was a farmer, lawyer, educator, and legislator. He had served as gobernadorcillo and justice of the peace of Batac after the Philippine Revolution. He championed the Ilocano language but at the same time cultivated a scholarship in the Spanish language.
  • April 21, 1899 – The first Presbyterian Mission arrived in the Philippines. It was led by Reverend Dr. James Rodgers who pioneered in evangelistic, educational, and ecumenical work. He was instrumental in the founding of the Philippine Evangelical Union in 1901.

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Diosdado Pangan Macapagal (September 28, 1910 – April 21, 1997) was a Filipino statesman who served as the 9th President of the Philippines. He was elected in 1961, defeating the re-election bid of Carlos P. Garcia. He did not win in his own re-election bid in 1965, losing to Ferdinand Marcos. He was also known by his nickname "The Incorruptible".

His daughter, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is a former president of the Philippines.

He is also known for changing the day of Philippine Independence, which was then July 4, 1946, to June 12, 1898.

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