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May is the National Heritage Month (or Filipino Heritage Month) with its month-long festival of exhibits, performances, tours, processions, paradises and poetical jousts celebrating our historical landmarks and traditions. The event is celebrated in accordance to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Proclamation No. 439 on 11 August 2003, “declaring the month of May of every year as National Heritage Month. The event is in recognition of the need to create among the people a consciousness, respect, and pride for the legacies of Filipino cultural history, and love of country.”

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"Hi, Mindy! I’m having second thoughts about whether or not I should get vaccinated against COVID-19. Fortunately, I don’t have any comorbidity, so I don’t belong to any group that needs to be prioritized for vaccination. Are the vaccines really safe and effective? What can I do while waiting for the vaccine? -Riley


Vaccines have antibodies that provide protection once a person is infected with the actual disease-causing virus or bacteria. Although there are side effects like tiredness, achiness, and fever, these only last a day or two and are not serious or dangerous. They are signs that the vaccine is working, and the body is building protection. Every authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine went through clinical trials, safety testing, and rigid evaluation before they can be used by the public. Thus, they are safe to use. The Philippines has procured doses of these vaccines, but there are supply concerns. While those from the priority groups (frontline health workers, senior citizens, indigent population, and uniformed personnel) will be the first to be vaccinated, the government is continuing negotiations to ensure adequate vaccine supply for all Filipinos. Initially, only the government was authorized to procure and administer vaccines. However, the government has now allowed private companies to purchase COVID-19 vaccines, provided they enter into tripartite agreements with the national government and the manufacturers. While waiting for your schedule to be vaccinated, make a habit of fact-checking and verifying with reliable sources regarding new information on COVID-19. And, of course, always observe minimum public health standards to keep yourself and your family safe, as well as to help our community prevent further transmission of the virus. -Mindy

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Dekada '70 (The ’70s) is a 2002 Filipino drama film directed by Chito S. Roño and it is based on the acclaimed novel by Filipino author, Lualhati Bautista. Set in the 1970s, the film stars Vilma Santos and Christopher De Leon as the husband-and-wife and parents to their five sons, all living in the clutches of the New Society.

The film is now restored in high-definition by the ABS-CBN Film Archives and Central Digital Lab.

Pinoy Flashback


  • May 17, 1843 - General Pascual V. Ledesma was born in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental. He was a Visayan revolutionary leader and the first officer-in-command of the Philippine Navy.
  • May 17, 1975Gerardo de Leon received his Filipino Academy of Movie, Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Hall of Fame for winning the best director award seven times, including for "Bagong Umaga" (1952). de Leon, the first filmmaker to be recognized as a National Artist of the Philippines, was the only Filipino filmmaker cited in the Petit Larousse du Cinema Mondial.

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Pascual H. Poblete (17 May 1857— 5 February 1921), whose real name was Pascual Hicaro, was a Filipino writer and publisher. He is recognized as one of the Tagalog translators of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere. He was born in Naic, Cavite on 17 May 1857. His parents, Francisco Hicaro and Maria Poblete, named him Pascual Hicaro. He would later take his mother's maiden name for his surname. He finished his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Liceo de Manila.

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