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The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (popularly referred to as Cinemalaya) is a yearly competition for independent films that aims to promote, encourage, and honor the cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers who present bold, fresh artistic insights on the lives of Filipinos. The first festival was held in 2005 including the award-winning film Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros). The annual festival has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

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Dr. Jorge Bocobo (October 19, 1886-July 23, 1965) was a renowned Philippine scholar, lawyer, journalist, leader, and educator. He was the fifth president of the University of the Philippines from 1934-1939. Known to be moralist and disciplinarian, he was influential in the development of education in the Philippines.

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Manuel Luis Molina Quezón' (19 August 1878 - 1 August 1944) was the first Filipino president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, serving from 1935 until his death in 1944. He is considered as the second Philippine president after Emilio Aguinaldo, though the latter’s República Filipina did not receive international recognition at the time and he was not considered the first Philippine president by the United States. Quezón was among the Filipino politicians who pushed for the independence of the Philippines from American rule. Having declared Filipino as the national language via an executive order issued on 30 December 1937, he came to be referred to as "the Father of the Philippine National Language", Quezón was the first Senate president of the Philippines to be elected to the presidency, the first president elected through a national election, and the first incumbent to secure reelection (for a partial second term, later extended, due to amendments to the 1935 Constitution).

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"What’s the fuss about the new polymer 1,000-peso bill?" -Halley


The new 1,000-peso bill has drawn mixed reactions from the public since it went into circulation in April this year. It is the first Philippine banknote made of polymer, which the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) claimed is cost-effective and more durable than paper. With the new material, the 1,000-peso bill has a higher resistance to water, oil, and dirt and is less prone to wear and tear. Another popular feature of the bill is its use of braille, with five embossed dots included to help the visually impaired identify it. Portraits of Jose Abad Santos, Josefa Llanes Escoda, and Vicente Lim, however, were replaced by that of the Philippine Eagle. While some people appreciated the design principle of the new bill, others had qualms about the removal of the images of World War II heroes, claiming that it undermines the recognition they deserve. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' statement on proper handling of the bill also caused contention. The public was advised against folding the bill to avoid damaging it and making it invalid, with BSP Governor Felipe Medalla suggesting that the public buy a bigger wallet. Reports about people refusing to use the bill for fear of mishandling it have surfaced. To avoid further confusion, BSP released a list of dos and don'ts on handling the ₱1,000 polymer bill.

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  • August 20, 1896 – After the discovery of the Philippine revolutionary movement Katipunan by the Spanish authorities, Pio Valenzuela followed the group of Andres Bonifacio to Balintawak for an important meeting.
  • August 20, 1899 – US General John C. Bates and Sultan of Sulu Hadji Mohammed Jamalul Kiram II signed an agreement in Jolo. Known as the Bates Treaty, the agreement promised to uphold mutual respect between the US and the Sultanate of Sulu to respect the Moro autonomy and to not give or sell Sulu or any part of it to any other nation. It also promised the Sultan and the datus that they will receive monthly payments in return for flying the American flag and for allowing the Americans the right to occupt the lands on the islands.
  • August 20, 2016 – Lilia Cuntapay died at the age of 81.

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