Tag Archives: On This Day

On this day, June 5

  On June 5, 1898, Julian Felipe conferred to President Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit for a very special project: compose the Philippine National Anthem. Based on what Felipe remembered in that meeting, Aguinaldo wanted an anthem that would replace the Marcha Real, the national anthem of Spain. Six days later, 11 June 1898, the Cavite music teacher presented… Read More »

On this day, June 2

  Today, June 2, 2020, is the 121st anniversary of the Spanish surrender in Baler church, after 337 days. They surrendered on June 2, 1899. They were the last of the Spanish forces in the Philippines. Filipinos admired their resolve. After the siege, President Emilio Aguinaldo granted them safe passage to Manila for them to go home to… Read More »

On this day, May 23

  On this day, May 23, in 1918, Mariano Ponce dies in HongKong on his way to visit his friend Sun Yat-sen. He left behind his Japanese wife, Okiyo Udangwa, and 4 children. He was Rizal’s friend, and advocate for recognition of Philippine independence among our Asian neighbors. Ponce’s remains were returned with the help of his fellow… Read More »

On this day, May 18

  May 18, 1571 Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and another Rajah came out to the ship for peace talks. The guests were showered with gifts and repeatedly told of Spanish desires for peace. He was convincing. The only Filipino who held out was Soliman, and he did so, said the Filipinos, because of what had happened the previous… Read More »

On this day, September 29

  On this day, September 29, we celebrate 63 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Myanmar. The Philippines established diplomatic relations with Myanmar in 1956. The flight time from Manila to Yangon, Myanmar is 5 hours and 55 minutes. The nearest airport to Yangon is Mingaladon Airport. The distance from Manila to… Read More »