Tag Archives: On This Day

On this day, June 24

On this day, June 24, in 1974, the Order of Gawad Mabini was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 490. The Gawad Mabini is conferred on Filipinos who rendered distinguished foreign service or helped promote the interests and prestige of the Philippines. The award was named after Apolinario Mabini, the Philippines’ First Secretary of Foreign Affairs. The… Read More »

On this day, June 23

  On this day, June 23,  in 1898, President Emilio Aguinaldo created the Department of Foreign Affairs. Apolinario Mabini, the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs, was tasked to win international recognition for PH as an independent state & establish diplomatic relations with other countries. The DFA was among the first government departments created following the establishment of the… Read More »

On this day, June 22

On this day, June 22, in 1920, Filipino statesman and lawyer Jovito Salonga was born in Pasig, Rizal Province. He is an outspoken critic of President Ferdinand Marcos and his declaration of Martial Law, earning him the moniker of “The Nation’s Fiscalizer.” He was arrested for subversion in 1980 but was released. He went on exile in the… Read More »

On this day, June 21

  On this day, June 21, in 2005, former Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin died of renal failure at the age of 76 at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City, Metro Manila. He was a leading opposition figure during the Marcos regime and the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. With his death, the Philippine government… Read More »

On this day, June 20

  On this day, June 20, in 1943, the Japanese-sponsored political party Kapisanan ng Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI) convened the Preparatory Commission for Philippine Independence (PCPI), which was composed of 20 elected party members and headed by Jose P. Laurel. It immediately began the task of drafting a new constitution for the Philippines, which is accomplished in… Read More »