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21 August: Plaza Miranda Bombing (1971) and the Assassination of Ninoy Aquino (1983)

Two major events in Philippine politics happened on the same day 12 years apart: the Plaza Miranda bombing, which created the precedence for what would later become 20 years of authoritarianism, and Ninoy Aquino’s assassination, which sparked the fires of revolt that ended the country’s long period of dictatorship.

19 August 1878: Manuel L. Quezon’s birthday

On August 19, 1878, Manuel Luis Quezon was born in Baler, in the district of El Principe, Tayabas province (present day Baler, Aurora), to Spanish parents Lucio Quezon, a soldier in the Spanish army, and Maria Dolores Molina. Quezon served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944.

18 August 1926: Larry Alcala’s birthday

On August 18, 1926, Larry Alcala, well-known editorial cartoonist and illustrator, was born in Daraga, Albay. His first comic strip was a parody of superman entitled “Siopaoman” in the Filipino comic book Halakhak. He was also one of the first men to use Taglish as a medium of communication with his “Kalabog en Bosyo” in […]