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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"


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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 26, 1930Crisanto Evangelista announced the birth of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP). He formally established it three months later and proclaimed its objectives. The guiding principles for the Philippine communist movement were: to mobilize for complete national independence; to establish communism for the masses; to defend the masses against capitalist exploitation; to overthrow American imperialism in the Philippines; and to overthrow capitalism.
  • August 26, 1903 – Governor General William Howard Taft approved the Pensionado Law of the American government in the Philippines. It allowed qualified Filipino students to study as scholars in various universities and colleges in the United States. The students, called pensionados, were not necessarily wealthy but earned degrees in government and administration in the US. Upon their return to the Philippines, they were entitled to work in the government and its different sectors – agriculture, business, education, etc.
  • August 26, 1898Katipunan Supremo Andres Bonifacio unfurled the flag of the Katipunan in Balintawak, a day after he led the Katipuneros in repelling the colonial Spanish forces during the first encounter of the Philippine Revolution.


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Rufino Jiao Santos was a Filipino Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church born in Guagua, Pampanga. Santos served as the Archbishop of Manila from 1953 to 1973. He held the distinction of being the first Filipino cardinal. He also paved the way for the founding of Caritas Manila and the reconstruction of St. Paul Hospital (now the Cardinal Santos Medical Center) which was established by Maryknoll Sisters.


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