Elections of 1946

In 1944, Sergio Osmeña returned to the Philippines, president of a country devastated by war and on the verge of independence. He had assumed the office upon the death of Quezon on August 1, 1944, and in 1946 decided to run for the presidency. Osmeña was unperturbed by the challenge posed by erstwhile protégé Senate continue reading : Elections of 1946

Elections of 1941

Up for re-election in 1940, the Nacionalista Party leaders seemed unbeatable at the polls. Meanwhile, the opposition was in disarray. Having been soundly defeated in legislative elections three years prior, some of the most prominent oppositionist leaders like Pedro Abad Santos and Manuel de la Fuente of the Partido Nacional Democrata endorsed both Quezon and continue reading : Elections of 1941

Elections of 1935

By virtue of the Tydings-McDuffie or Philippine Independence Act of 1934, the Commonwealth of the Philippines was established, creating with it the position of president and vice president and a unicameral legislature called the National Assembly. It also mandated the Philippine Legislature to call for an election of delegates to a Constitutional Convention to draft continue reading : Elections of 1935

The first Monday of December is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

Most Filipinos are familiar with the international Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebration on every second Sunday of May and on every third Sunday of June, respectively. But our history tells us otherwise. Deemed as a unique Filipino tradition, Filipinos traditionally celebrated Mother’s Day on the first Monday of December since the 1920s. This Philippine continue reading : The first Monday of December is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

The Leyte Landing

In 1944, the Imperial Japanese Forces still had a firm grip on the Philippines—even though the war has been going in favor of the Allies, who have been steadily gaining ground in the Pacific, since Japan’s defeat in the Battle of Midway (June 4 – 7, 1942). The Allied Forces had isolated Rabaul, and cleared continue reading : The Leyte Landing