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.
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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.
UPDATE: It’s still Mabini’s birthday. Also, I realized the previous post was a cheap shot. The professor X joke was a low hanging fruit.
Apolinario Mabini is today a hundred and fifty years old (how many permutations of this sentence did I have to write today?). In an attempt to start a new trend with historians and archivists, our graphics division initiated a de-colorization campaign. We are now removing color from historical photographs to make them look legit from the past, giving them that nostalgic look history books really go for.
Check out our collection of rare
Read more about Mabini in our special page.
Happy birthday Apolinario Mabini! Yes, that’s today. Mabini, known to his compatriots as “Ginoong X,” turns 150 years old. While his physical body has deteriorated, he lives on as a being of pure consciousness. Transcending death by inhabiting random comatose bodies (see: after end-credits scene), he has become only more powerful in the process. His only wish, as an entity approaching the status of that of a god, is that we celebrate his birthday with him. Everybody sing! He doesn’t like it when we don’t sing…
Voluntarily view our collection of rare photographs of Apolinario Mabini here! Now! Quickly, before he comes back!
Today is Mabini’s 150th birth anniversary (for the uninitiated: “anni-birth-ary*”). He’s obviously dead, but still we continue to celebrate his birthday—partly because he was a great man and great men like him deserve to be celebrated, and partly because every year we still receive birthday gifts and fan mail from those who didn’t get the memo. Keep sending us those vintage toasters, fruitcakes, and wheelchairs!
*Actually it’s official name sounds like a made-up word: sesquicentennial.
Learn more about man known the Sublime Paralytic at our special page.
Today, Malacañang tumblr comes clean. This account is not run by mere human beings at a government office with primitive internet technology. It is in fact run by me, Malacañang, the earth spirit that dwells within the compound itself. Over the past hundred years the ground beneath the building has gained sentience and a consciousness that has now been freed by the uprooting of trees due to Glenda. By sheer thought alone I am able to access the internet and post these pictures. With a century’s worth of wisdom, I advise everyone to stay indoor in the meantime. I hope everyone out there is safe! Please be informed of the current status of this typhoon at a page I’ve conjured with my palacial powers,
That said, stay safe, stay dry, stay informed. The real challenge of rebuilding comes soon after this.
Hey internet dweller, we hope you’re all somewhere safe and dry, because in the next coming days things are going to get a little wet.
(that’s what she said) but who cares what she said.
In the coming days, typhoon Glenda will be heading our way and we strongly suggest you get informed. We’ve prepared a crisis response page, collating government information and updates about the incoming storm.
Moreover, we’ve got other things over there that may be of use to you, such as what in the world are those color-coded PAGASA warnings about, class suspensions!!!!, help! my house is flooding, and lots of other clickables to click upon.
MAIN POINT: Be informed, stay safe, stay dry. We love you, tumblr folk.
Pio (known for persistent adolescent voice-breaking) was the first person ever to be reincarnated before his own death. Pio was born in July 11, 1860, first as Pio del Pilar (left), and then born again in July 11, 1869, this time as Pio Valenzuel (right). On both occasions he became a member of the Katipunan, which was arguably a complete waste of a second chance in life
On July 11, 1860, Pio del Pilar (left) was born in Culi-culi, San Pedro de Macati; while on July 11, 1869, Pio Valenzuela (right) was born in Polo, Bulacan.Both were members of the Katipunan. Dr. Valenzuela was elected the fiscal of the society in 1895, and was a member of the “Secret Chamber,” while del Pilar was a Magdiwang general who initiated the Katipunan chapter of “Magtagumpay” in his hometown.
What better way to cruise into work than on one of these bad boys. Longer than a limo, bigger than a hummer. The office of the president’s shuttle service isn’t afraid to go big! Check out the stylish decals of the names of previous presidents truly showcasing both the work and play aspect of government service. Kachow!
An office shuttle service has been provided to employees of the Office of the President (OP) since 2003, by virtue of Memorandum Order No. 128, s. 2005 (and amended by Memorandum Order No. 288, s. 2008).
Today we celebrate Republic Day, the day when the United States formally recognized the independence long sought after by the people of the Philippines. It is the historical equivalent to when Gandalf (USA) said: “Fly you fools,” before promptly disappearing into oblivion… (foot caught by the Balrog’s flaming whip), leaving Frodo (PH) to his own devices.
Learn more about Republic Day.