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Significant daily events in July in Philippine history


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Today in Philippine History, July 1, 1978, Hajji Alejandro won the Best Singer Award in the Seoul International Song Festival

(Posted Saturday June 30, 2012 16:38:42)

   Hajji Alejandro
   (Hajji Alejandro in 1978)
On July 1, 1978, Filipino singer Hajji Alejandro won the Best Singer Award in the Seoul International Song Festival singing Ryan Cayabyab's composition “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika”.

Alejandro sang Cayabyab's winning entry in the 1978 Metropop and then went on to win the Grand Prix of that year's Seoul World Music Festival. It was the first time that the Philippines won a top international award in a songfest.




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Today in Philippine History, July 1, 1788, de Marquina arrived in Manila as Governor-general

(Posted Thursday June 27, 2013 16:06:09)

   Felix Berenguer de Marquina
   Felix Berenguer de Marquina (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons).
On July 1, 1788, Felix Berenguer de Marquina arrived in Manila and assumed his post as governor-general of the Philippines. De Marquina made Manila an open port to all foreign commerce. Manila and Cavite were fortified and the Spanish military force increased.

Marquina took much pains to have the obras pias honestly administered. He ordered that the nipa houses which still existed within the walls of Manila should be torn down, as being both a disfigurement and a danger to the city. During his term of office, a severe epidemic of smallpox was experienced in the Islands; he gave large sums to the parish priests to relieve the poverty caused by the pestilence.




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Today in Philippine History, July 2, 1973, San Juanico Bridge was inaugurated

(Posted Sunday July 01, 2012 15:59:46)
San Juanico Bridge

On July 2, 1973, the 2.16-kilometer long San Juanico Bridge, the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of sea water between the islands of Samar and Leyte in the Visayas, was inaugurated.

The San Juanico Bridge is part of the Pan-Philippine Highway (also known as the Maharlika Highway). Its longest length is a steel girder viaduct built on reinforced concrete piers, and its main span is of an arch-shaped truss design. The bridge has 43 spans and medium size boats can pass beneath its large main arch, the top of which rises 41 meters above the sea.




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Today in Philippine History July 2, 1889, the Manila school of Agriculture was established

(Posted Thursday November 27, 2014 15:17:07)

On July 2, 1889, the Manila school of Agriculture, created by a Royal decree of November 29, 1887, was established.

The objects of the school were: The theoretical and practical education of skilled farmers; The education of overseers; and The promotion of agricultural development in the Philippines, by means of observation, experiment, and investigation.




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Today in Philippine history, July 2, 1990, Mrs. Marcos was acquitted of charges of racketeering, fraud by New York jury

(Posted Thursday June 16, 2016 01:26:51)
Imelda Marcos in New York
(First Lady Imelda Marcos arrives for trial of federal racketerring and fraud charges on June 13, 1990 at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York City.)

On July 2, 1990, on her 61st birthday, former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos, was acquitted of all charges that she raided the country's treasury and invested the money in the United States. A New York Federal Court jury of 12, voted 10-2 in favor of Mrs. Marcos.




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Today in Philippine history, July 3, 1892, Dr. Jose Rizal founded the La Liga Filipina

(Posted Tuesday November 08, 2011 13:48:31)
Rizal and La Liga member
(An artist concept of Dr. Jose Rizal and other Liga members)

In the night of July 3, 1892, Dr. Jose Rizal founded and inaugurated the La Liga Filipina at house No. 176 Ilaya St., Tondo. It was formed not for the purpose of independence, but for mutual aid and protection of its members, and the fostering of a more united spirit among Filipinos. Its constitution declared the ends, form, duties of members and officials, rights of members and officials, the investment of funds, and general rules.




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Today in Philippine History, July 3, 1997 Britain's Prince Charles arrived in the country aboard the royal yacht Britannica

(Posted Monday July 02, 2012 17:52:31)
Prince Charles

On July 3,1997 Britain's Prince Charles arrived in the country aboard the royal yacht Britannica, following the turn over of Hong Kong from British rule to China.

In a ceremony held in Malacanang, Prince Charles, flanked by President Fidel Ramos and his wife, received two tarsiers from a covered basket and briefly held one of them in the palm of his hand before returning the animal to its caretaker.




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Today in Philippine History, July 4, 1902, Roosevelt granted amnesty to Filipinos who revolted against Spain and continued it against the US

(Posted Friday December 21, 2012 01:34:03)
US President Theodore Roosevelt
(US President Theodore Roosevelt)

On July 4, 1902, US President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation granting amnesty to Filipinos who participated in the "insurrection" against Spain and continued it against the United States. Then acting Civil Governor for the Philippines Luke Wright issued the local proclamation disseminating the conditions for pardon and clemency to insurrectionists.




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Today in Philippine History, July 4, 1901, civil government was inaugurated in Manila

(Posted Tuesday July 02, 2013 23:01:42)

On July 4, 1901, the civilian government under the Americans was inaugurated in Manila, creating the "Second Philippine Commission" with William Howard Taft as first civil governor, a position in which Taft was very popular with both Americans and Filipinos. Thereafter the Philippine Commission became the sole legislative body for the Islands until the inauguration of the Philippine Assembly on October 16, 1907.




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Today in Philippine History, July 4, 1946, the Treaty of Manila was signed

(Posted Wednesday July 03, 2013 00:16:51)

On July 4, 1946, representatives of the United States of America and of the Republic of the Philippines signed a Treaty of General Relations between the two governments or the Treaty of Manila of 1946. The treaty provided for the recognition of the independence of the Republic of the Philippines as of July 4, 1946, and the relinquishment of American sovereignty over the Philippine Islands.




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Today in Philippine history, July 4, 1570, Filipe II legalized the taking of slaves in Mindanao by the Spaniards

(Posted Saturday July 02, 2016 20:15:27)
Filipe II of Spain
(Filipe II of Spain)

On July 4, 1570, King Filipe II promulgated a law legalizing the taking of slaves in Mindanao by the Spaniards, which had often been urged, by authorities in Manila, as one of the best methods of subduing "fierce" people.




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Today in Philippine History, July 5, 1992, President Ramos opened two Malacañang extension offices

(Posted Wednesday July 04, 2012 15:30:39)
Malacanang Cebu
(Malacañang sa Sugbo, the Malacanang in the Visayas is located in Cebu City along Morga Street across from Plaza Independencia)

On July 5, 1992, President Fidel Ramos opened two Malacañang extension offices, one in Cebu and the other in Davao, as part of his campaign promise to make the seat of power accessible in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. It also houses some national government offices such as the Malacañang Museum and the Presidential Museum.

The palace is an 18th century villa along the Pasig River located in the center of Manila. Originally a summer house built by Spanish aristocrat Don Luis Rocha, the structure was sold to Colonel Jose Miguel Formente, and was later purchased by the state in 1825. It has been renovated and expanded through the decades.




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Today in Philippine History, July 6, 2005, the Philippine and Poland signed an agreement expanding Philippine-Polish relations

(Posted Thursday July 05, 2012 16:13:01)
Philippine-Polish relations
(President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (right) and Poland's Prime Minister Marek Belka on July 6, 2005)

On July 6, 2005, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Poland Prime Minister Marek Belka signed an agreement expanding Philippine-Polish relations to highlight the latter's visit to Manila.

The first-ever visit of a Polish leader created history in both countries' bilateral relations, with Poland becoming a trustworthy partner of the Philippines in its growing involvement in Asia.




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Today in Philippine History, July 6, 1839, Precios Corrientes de Manila begun publication

(Posted Thursday July 05, 2012 18:39:56)

On July 6, 1839, Precios Corrientes de Manila (Prices current in Manila), a weekly newspaper in Spanish and English, begun publication. This publication is believed to have lasted only two years.

It is nothing more than just a market report or price review.

The Precious was preceeded by a similar but monthly publication called Registro Mercantil in 1824. It was devoted exclusively to commercial and shipping information and current prices. The Registro was discontinued May 1833 due to lack of funds.