On This Day, May 8

On this day, May 8,  in 1570, Spanish conquistadors Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo, nephew of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, arrived in the Kingdom of Maynilad from Panay while on a mission to explore the northern portion of the Philippines. The local rulers, Rajah Matanda and his nephew Rajah Sulayman welcomed and engaged … Read more

On This Day, May 7

On this day, May 7, A phreatic eruption of Mayon Volcano in Albay province killed four  (4) German climbers and their Filipino guide half a kilometer away from the volcano’s crater. The event led to a ban on future hiking and climbing activities in Mayon Volcano. The eruption spewed steam and rocks that fell on … Read more

On this day, May 6

On This Day, May 6, 1942, the island fortress of Corregidor fell to the Japanese Imperial Army. It was the last bastion of Filipino and American forces against the Japanese invasion, following the fall of Bataan almost a month earlier, on April 9. The besieged United States-Filipino army in Bataan finally crumbled on April 9, … Read more

On this day, May 4

May 4, 2019 On this day, May 4, 2019, we celebrate 68 years of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Holy See. The Philippines established diplomatic relations with the Holy See on May 4, 1951. With around 3,440 Filipinos in Vatican City as of December 2017, the Philippines has an … Read more

On this day, May 3

On this day, on May 3, 1898, American forces under Commodore George Dewey’s command occupied Fort San Felipe Neri, the Spanish arsenal at Cavite Nuevo (present-day Cavite City). He used the arsenal’s shipyard to repair his fleet, including the Spanish ships captured in the Battle of Manila Bay. On the same day, a small Spanish … Read more