1735 - A big tidal wave or 'tromba marina' wipes out
the town of Baler in the future Quezon province in the Philippine
archipelago during the American colonial period, with only 14 families
surviving--the Angaras, Bijasas, Bitongs, Lumasacs, Carrasocos, and
Pobletes; the early inhabitants of Baler were the Ilongot and Dumagat
natives and during the Spanish colonial period, was formed into a
municipality by the Franciscan friars led by Fr. Francisco de San
Antonio in 1611.
1875 - Juan Sumulong y Marquez, future revolutionary and political Opposition stalwart, is born in Antipolo, Rizal
during the Spanish colonial times; he would join the Philippine
Revolution against Spain while a law student at the University of Santo
Tomas, specifically joining with the revolutionaries based in Morong
Province (today's Rizal); Sumulong, however, would early on collaborate
with the new colonial American government by serving as private secretary to the civil governor of Morong even as the Philippine-American War (1899-1914) rages
on; he would become president of the Partido Nacional Progresista that
would aim for gradual Philippine Independence and, later, of Democrata
Party (merger party with Teodoro Sandiko's Artido Democrata Nacional);
Sumulong, who would be described by nationalist solon Claro M. Recto as
having "a high reputation for intellectual capacity and integrity,"
would be noted for being the "Brains of the Opposition" during the
ascendancy of Manuel L. Quezon during the American colonial period.