Tag Archives: Filipino people

today’s holiday: Rizal Day (2014)


Rizal Day (2014)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero, Dr. José Rizal, on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection, but he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More… Discuss

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today’s holiday: Misa de Gallo (2014)


Misa de Gallo (2014)

Misa de Gallo is the start of the Christmas season in the Philippines, blending Christian tradition with the harvest thanksgiving of the ancient Filipinos. As the first cockcrows are heard at dawn on December 16, bells of the Roman Catholic churches ring, brass bands parade through towns, and skyrockets burst—all to awaken people for the Misa de Gallo (Cock’s Mass in English and Simbang Gabi in Tagalog) each morning of the festival. On December 24 there is a midnight mass, after which people congregate in food stalls or go home for traditional breakfasts of rice cakes and ginger tea. More… Discuss

this pressed for recognition: A US Marine wipes tears from his face as he kneels beside a body wrapped in a poncho during a firefight, 1966 — OnThisDay & Facts


today’s birthday: José Rizal (1861) (“thinkers are even more dangeroeus when whey write!”)


José Rizal (1861)

Rizal was a Philippine nationalist, author, poet, and physician. While living in Europe, he published novels railing against the evils of Spanish rule in the Philippines, earning him the ire of officials there. Upon his return in 1892, Rizal was arrested as a revolutionary agitator. When an armed rebellion broke out four years later, Rizal, who had advocated reform but not revolution, was shot for sedition. His martyrdom fueled the revolution. What did he do on the eve of his execution? More… Discuss

word: aegis


aegis 

Definition: (noun) Protection.
Synonyms: auspices
Usage: Bandits dare not approach me on the roads, as I am under the imperial aegis. Discuss.
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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: BATAAN DAY


Bataan Day

This is a national legal holiday in the Philippines, in commemoration of the disastrous World War II Battle of Bataan in 1942, in which the Philippines fell to the Japanese. It is also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, or Heroes Day. Also remembered on this date are the 37,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers who were captured, and the thousands who died during the infamous 70-mile “death march” from Mariveles to a Japanese concentration camp inland at San Fernando. Ceremonies are held at Mt. Samat Shrine, the site of side-by-side fighting by Filipino and American troopsMore… Discuss

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