Read this article later tonight, in the late hours when there is always time to do a bit of wikipedia hopping. Your journey begins with Gerardo De Leon (incidentally, it’s his birthday today!), and will go through the names Nora Aunor, Joseph Estrada, even Quentin Tarantino (yes, you will reach his name eventually), before finally arriving at the end—the place where there is no sleep for you, dear internet dweller. And when you are finished, I will say only: Good morning.
(Movie posters courtesy of Video48)
YESTERDAY IN HISTORY: On September 8, 1954, President Ferdinand Marcos attempted to recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Marcos’s tribute to the late Renaissance man adds layers of meaning to the already pregnant scene by using as his subjects important foreign delegates. How close do you think his attempt was?
(Photo courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.)
I knew you forgot my birthday! Oops. I know this isn’t Facebook or BirthdayAlarm. But I’m not gonna keep reminding you when to greet me. I’m only gonna tell you the one time, and from then on you shouldn’t ever send me a belated ecard with the flash animation of the fish on a hook saying he was “caught up,” or the one featuring a baby’s posterior with the words “a little behind”—even if that last one kind of made me laugh.
Today we celebrate Ramon Barba's 75th birthday. Pursuing a career in Science, Mr. Barba, like many of the other notable scientists in his field, began with the simple question: “What will happen if I drink this?”
"His researches on tissue culture of bananas, sugarcane, cassava, and many other horticultural crops have resulted in the development of valuable methodologies in plant physiology and plant breeding," — National Academy of Science and Technology.
This is real. It’s a thing. Other notable happenings for the month of August:
- Breastfeeding Week
- Made-in-the-Philippines Product Week
- Brain Attack Awareness Week
- Electrification Awareness Month
Shortlisted but not approved:
- Traffic-was-not-that-bad Day
- Intermediate Pad Paper Week
- Weak Wheat Week
- Shokoy Appreciation Month
Thirty-one years ago today, Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr. was assassinated upon his return to the Philippines, after his three-year exile in the United States. Today, we commemorate his martyrdom and that final act of self-sacrifice, as we likewise celebrate his life and his myriad contributions to ensuring the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.
View our commemorative page on the Presidential Museum and Library website. You can also subscribe to our Facebook page, and follow the @govph Twitter for more features.
They say history is written by the victors. In this case, I’m not entirely sure who won. But my six-year-old self is nodding with wide-eyed, sugar-induced approval.
On August 10, 1519, Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet set sail from Seville, Spain. His fleet landed on the island of Homonhon, Philippines in March, 1521.
(Photo courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons.)
A hundred thirteen years ago today, two Filipinos were hand picked for a top secret project. The two were sent to the United States to start filming a propaganda film, set to the music of the times. They were chosen when a full body shot of the two was discovered and sent to the producer’s office in Los Angeles. They were said to be, based on the photo (see: above) “the perfect characters” for their project. Watch the film here.
#todayinhistory — On August 8, 1901, the Philippine Constabulary was established to be the local police force. It is now known as the Philippine National Police.
Two members of the Philippine Constabulary posing for a photo in the New York Tribune in 1905.
(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.)
In his old age, Former President Emilio Aguinaldo complained with regularity about his failing vision. Scientists
at our lab with access to his genetic material who are at work creating a perfect clone of the first president have said that the former general’s eyesight had not at all deteriorated. Aguinaldo was apparently never told his new glasses were transition lenses.
On August 6, 1898, President Emilio Aguinaldo addressed a plea to foreign governments to recognize the success of the revolution and the independence of the Philippines.
(Photo courtesy of the National Library of the Philippines.)
The two photos above, taken a second from each other, show the exact moment MLQ introduced color to the Philippines. This was in response to a reporter (standing to MLQ’s right) who asked: “What are you gonna do about all this sepia? I hate sepia!”
Today is the 70th death anniversary of Manuel L. Quezon, second President of the Philippines, and first President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
This photo of President Quezon, which was digitally colored by the PCDSPO, was taken on June 24, 1937, when he arrived in Miami enroute to visit Havana, Cuba. View previous digital colorization efforts here.
Our overly literal research team handed in, as per my request, a list of every thing that has happened today EVER. Curiously, I scrolled down to the most recent entry, which read: #182563748102338120245 — In 2014, we remember [ref #6717381023891031] and [ref #239987381023846583].
[#6717381023891031] In 1944, President Manuel L. Quezon passed away.
[#239987381023846583] in 2009, President Corazon Aquino passed away.
When Aguinaldo wrote to General Anderson about really really liking frozen yogurt at Pinkberry and weekend Bikram sessions, General Anderson replied via snapchat the following photo. Aguinaldo then replied, in a long handwritten letter, saying things like: “Why are you such a judger?” and “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me!” General Anderson, master of snapchat, again, replied the same image.
Rediscover the bloody conflict at the turn of the 20th century, known as the Philippine-American War, through our graphic timeline here.