On this day, May 1, is the birth of National Artist Felipe P. de Leon (1912). Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer, conductor, and scholar, Filipinized Western music forms, a feat aspired for by Filipino composers who preceded him. The prodigious body of De Leon’s musical compositions, notably the sonatas, marches, and concertos have become the full expression of the sentiments and aspirations of the Filipino in times of strife and peace, making him the epitome of a people’s musician. He is the recipient of various awards and distinctions: the Republic Cultural Heritage Award, Doctor of Humanities from UP, Rizal Pro-Patria Award, Presidential Award of Merit, and Patnubay ng Kalinangan Award, among others.
The official calendar of the Republic of the Philippines: an almanac of Philippine commemorations enlivened with illustrations and information. –Manila: Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, .
On this day in 1960, a U-2 (a US spy plane) flown by Francis Gary Powers crashed in the USSR. This created a misunderstanding between the two countries.
On this day in 1753 Carolus Linnaeus’ book Species Plantarum was first published which became the beginning of the naming of plants.
This month is National Heritage Month (Proclamation No. 439, s. 2003)
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