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Rodrigo Roa Duterte (born 28 March 1945 in Maasin, Leyte) is a Filipino lawyer and politician serving as the 16th President of the Philippines. He took oath as President on 30 June 2016.

He has served as mayor of Davao City for 7 terms or more than 22 years. He has also served as vice-mayor and congressman in the city. Under Duterte's mayorship, the crime rate in Davao has dropped drastically, to the point that the local tourist board can advertise the city from being known as the “murder capital of the Philippines” to being "the most peaceful city in Southeast Asia". Duterte, who has been called "The Punisher" by the Time magazine, has been repeatedly criticized by some locals and by Amnesty International for having or at least allowing small criminals, often teenagers involve in criminal cases such as drugs and robbery, being executed by death squads.

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"Hello, Mindy! How do I avoid cramming for exams? I know there are times when busy students like me can't help it, but I want to start practicing good studying habits so I can get better grades. I'd appreciate your advice. Thanks!-Sarah"


Hello, Sarah, If it's any consolation, I've also had my fair share of cramming for exams and projects when I was still in school. But because I've realized that it's becoming an unhealthy habit, I decided to ditch cramming. First of all, it pays to actually listen to and participate in class discussions]. Being proactive in class not only scores you good points with your professor, but you're also able to actually understand what is being discussed. This helps you remember things better. Taking notes is also a good way to ensure that there's something to go back to in case you don't fully grasp a lesson. You don't have to take down every word your professor says; get to the point of what he's saying and jot that down. Of course, it's important to set a schedule and learn which tasks to prioritize. If you have an exam next week, start preparing for it a week earlier and postpone that out-of-town trip with your friends until after the exam (make that trip your reward!). It takes practice to develop good studying habits, so start as early as you can.

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T'nalak or Tinalak is an indigenous woven fabric made from abaca by the T'boli tribe of South Cotabato in the Philippines. It has become the best-known product of the province of South Cotabato. Due to its rarity and exotic design, the product has already reached the international fashion landscape. The province's yearly festival commemorating its foundation anniversary is known as the T'nalak Festival in honor of this cloth.

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  • July 28, 1855 – Juan B. Marcaido was granted a gold medal for his efforts and studies on the method of banana fiber extraction by the Economics Society of Friends of the Country.
  • July 28, 1963 – 24 Boy Scouts and scouting officials, who were delegates of the Philippines to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece perished in an airplane crash of a United Arab Emirates jetliner in the Bay of Bombay, India. Aviation authorities were not able to determine the cause of the accident but the angle of sabotage was ruled out.
  • July 28, 1909 – Governor-General William Cameron Forbes endorsed the reconstruction of Dr. Jose Rizal's house in Dapitan. Rizal was implicated in the activities of the nascent rebellion and in July 1892, was deported to Dapitan in the province of Zamboanga, a peninsula of Mindanao. The Rizal Shrine, which is located approximately two kilometers from the Dapitan City Hall, has a land area of 16 hectares. The shrine includes Rizal's residence, pupils' quarter, chicken house, clinics, a water reservoir, a natural heart shaped rock used to scribble verses of Rizal’s poems, amphitheater, and a concrete building which houses Rizaliana books, periodicals and other historical exhibits.
  • July 28, 1986 – The Philippine Star, a contemporary era periodical published in the Philippines, was founded by veteran journalists Max Soliven, Betty Go-Belmonte and Art Borjal. As one of the leading English broadsheets in the country, it covers general news be in the field of Sports, Business, Lifestyle or Entertainment. Headquarters is located at Roberto S. Oca cor. Railroad Sts., Port Area, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Pantaleon de los Santos Lopez (27 July 1872 – 22 September 1912) was a Tagalog actor, playwright, and musician who penned more than twenty zarzuelas in his lifetime. His most popular work is Inferio, a zarzuela in three acts. He was the youngest of the two children of Felix Lopez and Pia de los Santos. He was born on 27 April 1872 in Pandacan, which was then a separate town from Manila. His mother was a candle vendor while his father was a boatman on the Pasig River who died when Lopez was only twelve years old.

Felipe G. Calderon was a regular passenger of Lopez’s father and became his benefactor after his father died. Calderon sent him to school and supported his application to work in the store of businessman and propagandist Jose I.Ramos.

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