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Significant daily events in May in Philippine history


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Today in Philippine History, May 1, 1903, the first Labor Day in the Philippines took place

(Posted Monday April 30, 2012 18:06:19)

On May 1, 1903, the first Labor Day celebration in the Philippines took place. It was organized by the Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas, the first labor federation in the country. Thousands of workers marched from Plaza Moriones in Tondo to MalacaƱang to demand complete independence, while chanting anti American capitalism and imperialism.




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Today in Philippine History, May 1, 1898, the naval battle between the United States and Spain took place in Manila Bay

(Posted Wednesday February 06, 2013 21:04:09)

On May 1, 1898, the naval battle between a squadron of the United States led by Admiral Geroge Dewey and a Spanish fleet under Admiral Montojo took place in Manila Bay, destroying the Spanish fleet. Soon after, the Spanish Governor-General intimated his willingness to surrender Manila but Dewey had no enough force to occupy the city.




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Today in Philippine History, May 1, 1954, Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Romualdez were married

(Posted Saturday February 16, 2013 22:32:54)

On May 1, 1954, Ferdinand Marcos and Imelda Romualdez were married at the Pro Cathedral of San Miguel in Manila, after being married in a civil ceremony in Baguio City. Though they seemed an unlikely match, Marcos being a Liberal and an Ilocano and Imelda being a Nacionalista by family tradition and a Waray-waray, he pursued her.




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Today in Philippine History, May 2, 1902, the US Congress passed an act authorizing a coinage system for the Philippines

(Posted Tuesday February 19, 2013 20:35:13)

On May 2, 1902, on urgent recommendation of the Philippine Commission, the US Congress passed an act authorizing a coinage system for the Philippines with a standard Philippine dollar, or "peso", worth fifty cents of American money and exchangeable at government treasuries for this amount.




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Today in Philippine History, May 3, 1859, Enrique Mendiola was born in San Miguel, Manila

(Posted Wednesday May 02, 2012 16:53:56)

On May 3, 1859, Enrique Mendiola, educator and textbook author, was born in San Miguel, Manila to Quintin Mendiola, a blacksmith, and Maria Escolastica Victorino.




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Today in Philippine History, May 3, 1968, Ford automotive assembly plant was inaugurated

(Posted Tuesday April 16, 2013 17:34:36)

Ford Motors Philippines   
Ford Motors logo around the time of the Plant inauguration.
On May 3, 1968, Ford automotive assembly plant was formally inaugurated 50 years after Ford came to the Philippines. President and Mrs. Marcos were the principal sponsors and Reverend Father Pacifico Ortiz, S. J., officiated the invocation and blessing ceremonies. Industry Undersecretary Cesar Virata stood proxy for the President who was in Bicol at the time.




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Today in Philippine History, May 4, 1917, Nicomedes Joaquin was born in Paco, Manila

(Posted Thursday May 03, 2012 17:27:31)

On May 4, 1917, Nicomedes "Nick" Joaquin, historian, journalist and a National Artist of the Philippines for Literature who is also widely known with his nome de plume Quijano de Manila, was born in Paco, Manila.




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Today in Philippine History, May 5, 1869, Fabian Cueto de la Rosa was born in Paco, Manila

(Posted Friday May 04, 2012 18:41:28)

On May 5, 1869, Fabian Cueto de la Rosa, regarded as foremost Filipino painter during the American period, was born in Paco, Manila.




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Today in Philippine History, May 5, 1860, Gregorio Aglipay was born in Batac, Ilocos Norte

(Posted Tuesday April 09, 2013 00:47:13)
   Bishop Gregorio Aglipay
   (Bishop Gregorio Aglipay)

On May 5, 1860, Gregorio Aglipay, the forefront in the creation of an independent church called the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and a nationalist former Roman Catholic priest, was born in Batac, Ilocos Norte to Pedro Aglipay Cruz and Victorina Labayan Hilario.

Orphaned at a young age, Gregorio grew up in the care of relatives. As a worker in the tobacco fields, he learned about the social condition under the colonial masters. He was only fourteen when he was arrested and brought to the gobernadorcillo for failing to meet the required quota of tobacco. Because of this, he developed a deep resentment against the Spanish authorities.




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Today in Philippine History, May 6, 1942, Corregidor was surrendered unconditionally to the Japanese army

(Posted Saturday May 05, 2012 19:05:21)

On May 6, 1942, Corregidor, the strongest fortress of the United States in the Orient, was surrendered unconditionally to the Japanese army.

Following the earlier surrender of Filipino-American forces in Bataan, General Jonathan Wainwright decided to surrender his remaining forces of about 12,000 men in the island.




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Today in Philippine history, May 6, 1662, Governor de Lara ordered abandonment of forts in Zamboanga, Ternate

(Posted Thursday May 05, 2016 14:59:13)

On May 6, 1662, a council presided over by Governor-general Manrique de Lara resolved to abandon the fort of Zamboanga, La Sabanilla and Iligan in Mindanao, and Ternate in the Moluccas and ordered its troops to withdraw to Manila. The concentration of Spanish forces in Manila was in hurried preparation for its defense due to the treat of invasion of Chinese corsair, Koxinga (or Keu-Seng). The fort of Surigao, then called Caraga was the only one preserved.




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Today in Philippine History, May 7, 1892, Tomas Mateo Claudio was born in Morong, Rizal

(Posted Sunday May 06, 2012 17:13:59)
   Private Tomas Claudio

On May 7, 1892, Private Tomas Mateo Claudio, a former Bureau of Prisons employee, the first Filipino soldier to die in First World War was born in Morong, Rizal.




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Today in Philippine history, May 8, 1980, Ninoy Aquino was allowed to leave for a coronary bypass surgery

(Posted Thursday March 24, 2016 13:16:07)

On May 8, 1980, Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., a political prisoner, a staunch critic of the Marcos administration, was allowed to leave for the United States to undergo a coronary bypass surgery on recommendation of his doctors at the Philippine Heart Center where he was confined after suffering a heart attack in his prison cell in Fort Bonifacio. He was immediately transported to the center on the evening of May 5, 1980.




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Today in Philippine History, On May 8, 1967, Republic Act No. 4867 which divided the Province of Davao into three provinces was passed into law

(Posted Monday May 07, 2012 16:55:05)

On May 8, 1967, Republic Act No. 4867 was passed into law. It divided the Province of Davao into three provinces namely Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and, Davao Oriental.

The capital of Davao del Norte is Tagum; Davao del Sur, Digos; and Davao Oriental, Mati.

All three provinces are in Region XI.