On this day, September 18, in 1891, Jose Rizal’s “El Filibusterismo” (“The Subversive”) was printed in Ghent, Belgium. Written in Spanish, the novel inspired the people of the Philippines to revolt against Spain, culminating in the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Set in a fictional town of San Diego, the novel begins where the Noli Me Tangere ended,… Read More »
On this day, September 14, in 2005, the Philippines, as President of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for September, presided over the UNSC Summit in New York City. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo became the first Asian leader and woman head of state to preside over the Summit. The UNSC Summit, the third such meeting since 1992, was… Read More »
On this day, September 12, in 1896, 13 Filipinos were executed by Spanish authorities at Plaza de Armas of Fort San Felipe Neri in Cavite Nuevo (now Cavite City.) They are commonly known as the 13 Martyrs of Cavite or “Trece Martires.” 1919 On this day, September 12, 1919 – The first Filipino-produced and directed feature… Read More »
Valeriano P. Fernandez Y Peña is considered as the Father of Tagalog Novel. In 1905, he wrote “Nena and Neneng,” the first-ever novel published in the Philippine language. Valeriano was born on December 12, 1858, and he passed away on September 7, 1922.
On this day, September 6, 2019, is the 103rd birth anniversary of Francisco Arcellana, National Artist for Literature. He was born on September 6, 1916, and he passed away on August 1, 2002. Writer, poet, essayist, critic, journalist, and teacher, Francisco Arcellana is one of the most important progenitors of the modern Filipino short story in English.… Read More »