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  • 1975

    8th April 1975

    The Bagac Friendship Bell Tower in Bataan was officially opened

    Bagac Friendship Bell Tower

     The Bagac Friendship Bell Tower, was built to symbolize the renewed friendship between the Philippines and Japan. It was built by Risshō Kōsei Kai a Buddhist organization in Japan. The tower is located about 217 yards from the point where the Bataan Death March started on the 9th April 1942. The 89 ft tower is composed of three pillars which is interconnected by multi-layer rings. You can find the tower at the junction of the Gov. Linao National Road and the road to the Bagac town proper.

    The tower is a testament of reconciliation between Japan and the Philippines and the friendship they have formed since WWII

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  • 1828

    6th April 1828

    Ferdinand VII King of Spain establishes the first bank in the Philippines

    On 6th April 1828, King of Spain, Ferdinand VII, issued a decree to establish the first public bank in the Philippines to meet the requirements of increased trade in the Philippines.

    The bank is now the Bank of the Philippine Islands, its original name was El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel 2 named after the daughter of King Ferdinand VII, Queen Isabela II.

    Not only was it the first bank in the Philippines it was also the first bank in South-east Asia.

    The royal decree also gave the bank the power to print Philippine currency.

    The first Philippine pesos printed were originally called pesos fuertes or strong pesos.

    First printed on May 1, 1852, they were redeemable at face value for gold or silver Mexican coins. Before 1852, a multitude of currencies were used, most notably the Mexican peso.

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  • 1788

    2nd March 1788

    Francisco Baltazar was Born

    Prominent Filipino poet Francisco Baltazar, the Philippine counterpart of famed English writer William Shakespeare, was born in Panginay, Bigaa, Bulacan.

    Francisco Baltazar, was a prominent Filipino poet, and is widely considered one of the greatest Filipino literary laureates for his impact on Filipino literature. The famous epic, Florante at Laura, is regarded as his defining work.

     

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  • 1828

    6th April 1828

    Ferdinand VII King of Spain establishes the first bank in the Philippines

    On 6th April 1828, King of Spain, Ferdinand VII, issued a decree to establish the first public bank in the Philippines to meet the requirements of increased trade in the Philippines.

    The bank is now the Bank of the Philippine Islands, its original name was El Banco Español Filipino de Isabel 2 named after the daughter of King Ferdinand VII, Queen Isabela II.

    Not only was it the first bank in the Philippines it was also the first bank in South-east Asia.

    The royal decree also gave the bank the power to print Philippine currency.

    The first Philippine pesos printed were originally called pesos fuertes or strong pesos.

    First printed on May 1, 1852, they were redeemable at face value for gold or silver Mexican coins. Before 1852, a multitude of currencies were used, most notably the Mexican peso.

  • 1901

    1st April 1901

    President Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States

    President Emilio Aguinaldo

    On April 1, 1901, President Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States, formally ending the First Republic and recognising the sovereignty of the US over the Philippines. He had been captured by the Americans at his headquarters in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901 and was being held prisoner.

    Reference: Philippine News Agency archives

  • 1955

    1st April 1955

    Earthquake Rocks Philippines 16 Dead, Many Homeless

    MANILA, April 1, 1955

    A sever earthquake struck the southern Philippines sending thousands fleeing from their homes in the predawn darkness and killing at least 16 people. The quake triggered a series aftershocks that lasted several hours.

    Hundreds of people were reported injured by falling debris at least a thousand were left homeless.

    Mindanao. Negros and Panay islands were the hardest hit.

    The Philippines Cross said 16 people were killed near Lake Lanao.

    Island coastal cities were devastated by rolling shocks. Churches crumbled, houses collapsed and electric power failed, the water system was disrupted and its port was blocked.

    A Red Cross message from the Lanao district said “Tremors lasted from 2:15 to 9 a. m.”

  • 1989

    1st April 1989

    American  War Hero Col. James Rowe, 51 Is Killed in an Ambush in Manila

    Col. James Rowe

    Col. James N. Rowe, a United States Army officer who spent five years as a prisoner in Vietnam before escaping in 1968, was shot to death yesterday by gunmen near Manila, where he was a military adviser to the Philippine armed forces. He was 51 years old. Colonel Rowe was being driven to work at the Joint United States Military Advisory Group headquarters in Quezon City, a suburb of Manila, shortly after 7 A.M. when at least two hooded gunmen in a stolen car fired more than 20 bullets into his vehicle.

    His driver, Joaquin Vinua, was wounded but was reported out of danger. Colonel Rowe was pronounced dead at a nearby military hospital. Communist Rebels Suspected

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