Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Landing. While it is mostly Douglas MacArthur (with his famous line: “I have returned”) that we remember on this special occasion, we must remember also the other men who were with him on that beach, namely: Buzz Aldrin, Friedrich Engels, The Boston Red Sox, and internet corporation Yahoo!.
To celebrate Philippine-British Friendship Day, let’s learn some British phrases you can use whenever you’re in a pickle (as the phrase “in a pickle,” used by Shakespeare himself in the Tempest: “How camest thou in this pickle?”):
- 'ello guv'na
- Can I have some more please
- It’s Wingardium Levi-oh-sa
- Daddy, can I have another pony?
This is what nightmares are made of: the collective dead stare of men of authority—”officials.” How many times have you been thrown back into an adolescent state (you are eight years old again); the teacher’s expecting glare, the class’s empty reply to your desperate silent look. You were asked a question you don’t know the answer to. You say nothing because you know nothing. There is no where from where no one is looking, no gap in the other’s gaze. This pressure is thus absolute, it is crippling. You cry out in a reality where all this is a dream, but it is not. You continue to say nothing—everybody watching. Good morning, Tumblr!
On October 16, 1916, pursuant to the provisions of the Jones Law, the Philippine Commission was abolished and the Philippine Legislature was inaugurated. Thus marks, for the first time, a Philippine Legislature fully composed of Filipinos. (Photo from Assembly of the Nation: A Centennial History of the House of Representatives 1907-2007.)
After careful deliberation over which tamaraws would receive a special month (October) in which they will be celebrated (through their conservation and protection), it was decided that it was only the tamaraws of Mindoro that would be awarded such honor. Every other tamaraw is now officially excluded from the festivities. Tamaraws living in Manila have sent in letters demanding their inclusion, but to no avail.
Statistics. I love stats. From sports stats (did you know that on average, Jason Kidd—incredibly talented point guard, and all-around nice guy—shoots 12.6 points per game?) all the way to infallible fun facts (did you also know that every year, an average of ten people are killed by vending machines?), I think they’re the best!
October is National Statistics Month. Celebrate it by following us and raising our stats!
It’s never too late to begin work on that big project, or ask that girl you always liked out—or, in my (our) case, celebrate the birthday of National Artist Eduardo Mutuc. He was born yesterday, in 1949, but it is today that we remembered to greet him, and commemorate him. See, even for Eduardo, it was never too late: he began his career at 29 as a woodcarver. At 29, when most people’s habits begin to harden, Eduardo decided to learn something completely new, a skill which he is now considered to have mastered.
October is National Anti-Video Piracy Month
I was going to post a picture of video piracy, but then I wondered if that was itself a form of piracy. I then thought of including a picture of anti-piracy; but how does that work? A picture of not-something is not as easy to take as a picture of something. Anyway, just thought you should know, this month is National Anti-Video Piracy Month.
Today ish Ishmael Bernal's birshday. A director of films, Ishmael wash known a “the geniush of Philippine schinema.” Among hish notable films are “Pahiram ng Ishang Umaga” (1989), “Schity After Dark” (1980), and “Himala” (1981). His movies were bold reflections of the realities of the shtruggle of the Filipino. Let ush Shelebrate his art by continuing to watch his films. Just try to forget his name now!
El Heraldo, the city of gold! Thought previously to be the stuff of dreams—found by two brothers wanted by law—this document (what seems to be a typical broadsheet) proves the city’s existence. Their account of their adventures in the city was mostly believable, save for the part where they supposedly played a sport called armadillo-ball (which is just like basketball, except—you know—with an armadillo).
On September 29, 1898, the first number of El Heraldo de la Revolucion was issued at Malolos, Bulacan. As the official publication of the Malolos Congress, it printed and published the decrees, proclamations, and accounts of the proceedings of the Congress.
Juan Salcedo Jr., named after his father’s favorite thing, was born today. After a lifetime of living under the name of his father, he decides that his son should not bear the same burden. Thus, Juan Salcedo Jr.’s first-born child was named Chickenjoy, after the National Scientist’s favorite thing.