Today in Philippine History, April 15, 1947, the Philippine National Red Cross was established

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On April 15, 1947, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) was established by virtue of Republic Act No. 95. Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon, wife of Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon, became its first president.

The Red Cross roots traced back to the revolutionary days when Apolinario Mabini encouraged the Malolos Republic to form a national Red Cross organization. On February 17, 1899, the Malolos Republic approved the Constitution of the National Association of the Red Cross.

The Red Cross is an international organization which helps people during disasters and calamities. Before World War II, the PNRC was a mere branch of the United States Red Cross.

Today in Philippine History, April 15, 1947, the Philippine National Red Cross was established

In 1942, during the occupation of the Philippines by Japan, the Japanese created a Philippine Red Cross that they controlled to care for internees. Once Manila was liberated by United States and Filipino forces in 1945, local Red Cross officials and the National American Red Cross reestablished an independent Red Cross.

After the Philippines gained independence from the United States on July 4, 1946, Dr. J. Horacio Yanzon was appointed the first Filipino Red Cross manager in December 1946, with 36 Red Cross chapters initially set up in the country.

Known today as the Philippine Red Cross, it is the premiere humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

Reference: Philippine News Agency archives
Philippine Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org.ph/)


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