Philippines History 1820


4th October 1820

First case of cholera in the Philippines was reported

The first case of cholera was reported along the Pasig River, within a few days bodies were piling up in the streets. It is believed the cholera arrived in the Philippines via the port of Manila and originated from one of the many countries in Asia that were also affected by the Asiatic Cholera Pandemic.

The worst affected areas were along the Pasig River which was a source of drinking water for many communities. The epidemic spread so fast that it is claimed in a matter of hours thousands had died, and there was not enough survivors to bury them. 

Rumours went about that it was caused foreigners poisoning the drinking water and the locals went on a rampage of violence butchering all the foreigners they could find. 

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1820 Cholera Epidemic



9th March 1820 

Because of a cholera epidemic Filipinos kill foreigners

About 125 die as 3,000 Filipinos go on rampage killing foreigners. They turned their anger towards British, Chinese, French and Russian residents of Manila blaming them for the cholera epidemic that was killing thousands of Filipinos. 

Read why Filipinos killed the foreigners