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During the 19th century, Asia, Europe and in America lived in turmoil caused by events in history. Filipinos who were under the control of the Spanish colonialists suffered from corruption, failure of human rights, racial discrimination, forced labor and power drifting of the friars and the guardia civil.



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"Hello Mindy! I am a self-confessed daddy's girl and I want to know more about the history of celebrating Father's Day. How did it all begin? I want to make my dad's day extra special by creating a short clip about it. Thanks! -Ann"


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Hi Ann! Your father is very blessed to have a sweet and thoughtful daughter like you. There are a few stories on how the celebration of Father's Day began. It was said that about 4,000 years ago, a young boy named Elmusu wished for his father to have a long and good life by carving a Father's Day message out of clay. Another story says that the celebration is held in June because it was the birth month of Sonora Smart Dodd's father, a woman who had the idea of a day for fathers while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having raised by her father after her mother died, she wanted her father to know how special he was to her. Also, in 1924, US President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. This year, Father's day will be celebrated on the 17th of June. Happy Father's Day to your dad and to all the great fathers out there!

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Cover to the El Indio compilation.

El Indio is an adventure komiks novel written and illustrated by Francisco V. Coching and published in the pages of Pilipino Komiks from 1952 - 1953. It tells the story of Fernando, a handsome and dashing Spanish mestizo who went back to the Philippines to exact revenge on his father who he believed abandoned him and his mother Blanquita. There he discovered the cruel and oppressive colonial government, and joined the rebels in the fight against the oppressors as El Indio. El Indio was the sequel to Coching's popular series, Sabas, Ang Barbaro and is one the most popular and most successful of all his komiks novels.


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  • June 23, 1869 - Carlos Maria de la Torre started his term as the new Spanish Governor-General of the Philippines.
  • June 23, 1898 – After the recent Declaration of Philippine Independence, General Emilio Aguinaldo changed the form of government from Dictatorial to Revolutionary.


To learn more about Philippine history and literature, visit Filipiniana.net

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Juan M. Flavier (23 June 1935- 30 October 2014) was a Filipino senator and former Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH). During his term as health secretary, he launched projects such as “Oplan Alis Disease”, “Kontra Kolera”, “Stop TB”, “Araw ng Sangkap Pinoy”, “Family Planning”, and the “Doctor to the Barrios Program”.

He was born on 23 June 1935 to a poor family from Tondo, Manila. He was named after John the Baptist, whose feast day landed on the following day after his birth. He grew up in a mining community in Balatoc, Benguet and then Camp John Hay in Baguio City.


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