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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.

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  • July 28, 1855 – Juan B. Marcaido was granted a gold medal for his efforts and studies on the method of banana fiber extraction by the Economics Society of Friends of the Country.
  • July 28, 1963 – 24 Boy Scouts and scouting officials, who were delegates of the Philippines to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece perished in an airplane crash of a United Arab Emirates jetliner in the Bay of Bombay, India. Aviation authorities were not able to determine the cause of the accident but the angle of sabotage was ruled out.
  • July 28, 1909 – Governor-General William Cameron Forbes endorsed the reconstruction of Dr. Jose Rizal's house in Dapitan. Rizal was implicated in the activities of the nascent rebellion and in July 1892, was deported to Dapitan in the province of Zamboanga, a peninsula of Mindanao. The Rizal Shrine, which is located approximately two kilometers from the Dapitan City Hall, has a land area of 16 hectares. The shrine includes Rizal's residence, pupils' quarter, chicken house, clinics, a water reservoir, a natural heart shaped rock used to scribble verses of Rizal’s poems, amphitheater, and a concrete building which houses Rizaliana books, periodicals and other historical exhibits.
  • July 28, 1986 – The Philippine Star, a contemporary era periodical published in the Philippines, was founded by veteran journalists Max Soliven, Betty Go-Belmonte and Art Borjal. As one of the leading English broadsheets in the country, it covers general news be in the field of Sports, Business, Lifestyle or Entertainment. Headquarters is located at Roberto S. Oca cor. Railroad Sts., Port Area, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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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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