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Sandugo Festival 2008

The Sandugo Festival is also known as the Blood Compact Commemoration and is often tagged as the mother of all festivals. It is a month long celebration every July in the city of Bohol, to commemorate the Sandugo or the signing of a treaty of friendship between Datu Si Katuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

The festival used to be held in March until it was changed to July a few years ago to coincide with the annual Tigum Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan, a gathering of Boholanos from all around the world.

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"A gloomy afternoon to you Ms. Mindy! I really feel bad whenever there's a typhoon and we still have our classes when all year levels from elementary to secondary are having a warm comfy time inside their houses. Can you please enlighten me about the guidelines regarding class suspensions. I would really appreciate your help. Thanks! "


Hey, Ron! As of June 21, 2011 the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education together with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration released guidelines regarding the suspension of classes during inclement weather. They provide the suspension of classes in preschool in areas under signal number 1; in preschool, elementary, and high school under signal number 2; and in all levels under signal numbers 3 and 4. Remember this rule, and don't forget to monitor the news in times of bad weather. As G.I. Joe famously said, “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.” XD

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Bicol Express.

Bicol is known for its volcano Mt. Mayon which has an almost perfect cone shape. Because of this, Bicol, has been one of the great tourist spots in the country, helping to promote the culture of the Philippines, especially the Bicol Region. Everyone wants to take a peek at Mayon Volcano. But that's not the only reason why Bicol is famous. It is also famous for its Bicol Express.

Pinoy Flashback


  • July 27, 1645 – With the help from a Dutch squadron, Native Muslims attacked the Spanish garrison. The Filipino-Spanish troops under Commander Esteban Ugalde resisted and forced the withdrawal of the squadron after three days in combat. It was one of the few unsuccessful attempts of the Dutch to expel the Spaniards from the Philippine islands.
  • July 27, 1914Felix Manalo founded Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila. Brother Manalo, whom followers and members recognized as God's messenger, professed to the reestablishment of the original church founded by Jesus. He claimed that the original church was apostatized. With Manalo as head minister, the INC began with a handful of followers and propagated the message within hisn local area. A year later, he started training ministers to assist him in the propagation of the gospel. By 1918, minsters and volunteer preachers were being sent to provinces around Manila.
  • July 27, 1946 – The remains of President Manuel L. Quezon arrived in Manila. He died of tuberculosis on August 1, 1944 in Saranac Lake in New York. He was first buried at Maine Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. Quezon's remains were re-interred at the Manila North Cemetery on August 1, 1946 but was moved to the Manuel Quezon Memorial Shrine, within the monument at the Quezon Memorial Circle on August 19, 1979.

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Pantaleon de los Santos Lopez (27 July 1872 – 22 September 1912) was a Tagalog actor, playwright, and musician who penned more than twenty zarzuelas in his lifetime. His most popular work is Inferio, a zarzuela in three acts. He was the youngest of the two children of Felix Lopez and Pia de los Santos. He was born on 27 April 1872 in Pandacan, which was then a separate town from Manila. His mother was a candle vendor while his father was a boatman on the Pasig River who died when Lopez was only twelve years old.

Felipe G. Calderon was a regular passenger of Lopez’s father and became his benefactor after his father died. Calderon sent him to school and supported his application to work in the store of businessman and propagandist Jose I.Ramos.

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