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The Battle of Bataan was the invasion of the Philippines by Japan in 1941-42 and the defense of the islands by Filipino and United States forces. Although the result was a Japanese victory, the perseverance of the defenders delayed Japanese attacks on other areas and assisting in Allied counterattacks in the southwest Pacific Area, from late 1942 onwards.



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"Hi, Mindy! The ongoing presence of around 200 Chinese vessels on the Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea, which lies within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), has sparked concern among many Filipinos who believed that the United States should intervene to stop the Chinese incursion in our territory. Is it possible for the United States to intervene militarily?" - Rodel


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Hi, Rodel! There are some diplomatic ways to iron out disagreement between two countries without resorting to military action or provocation. As member of the United Nations, we are committed to settle international disputes in a peaceful means so that the international peace is not threatened. However, in an event that the Philippine’s armed forces is attacked, the United States is obligated and bound to defend our country under the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty. Signed in 1951, the treaty contains eight articles and dictates for both nations to support each other if an external party attacked the Philippines or the United States. Just earlier this year, the US reaffirmed its commitment to defend the Philippines if a hostile country attacks us. Again, let’s pray that it won’t come to that point and hope that peace always prevails. - Mindy

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Pakil Crucifix is a sculptured image of Jesus Christ nailed in a cross that depicts His extreme agony in the cross, which also became a central figure in Christian iconography. It was carved in the early 1800-1900 by an anonymous sculptor at Laguna. Oral lore has it that the Pakil Crucifix was carved by a sculptor in Paete who offered to make the crucifix himself. Another version was that the said crucifix was carved by a mysterious man who presented himself to the priest to make the crucifix in exchange for food and shelter. After three weeks of working on the crucifix, the old man just disappeared.


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  • April 21, 1899 - The first Presbyterian Mission arrived in the Philippines. Led by Reverend Dr. James B. Rodgers, the group pioneered in evangelistic, educational, and ecumenical work, being instrumental in the founding of the Philippine Evangelical Union in 1901.


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Mariano Marcos

Mariano Marcos was a Filipino lawyer, educator, and legislator. He was born on April 21, 1897 in Batac, Ilocos Norte to Fabian Marcos and Cresencia Rubio. His father was a farmer who had served as gobernadorcillo and justice of the peace of Batac after the Philippine Revolution. Fabian championed the Ilocano language but at the same time cultivated a scholarship in the Spanish language. A militant follower of Gregorio Aglipay and member of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, he raised Mariano under the Aglipayan faith.


Previous Pinoy of the Day: Servillano Aquino

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