Friday, January 27, 2012


1763 - P1,304,147 silver pesos from  the docked patache "Filipino" that came from Mexico is ordered  transferred to Pampanga by Simon de Anda, self-declared Captain-General of the Royal Audiencia and Spanish colonial Governor-General who fled to Bulacan province following British Occupation of Manila and Cavite (and Sulu); some three and a half months  earlier, de Anda was forced to flee Intramuros, Manila in a banca towards Bulacan province as Acting Governor-General Archbishop Manuel Antonio Rojo surrendered Manila to Britain in order to avoid further bloodshed; from his Bacolor, Pampanga base in  Central Luzon, de Anda has engaged in sporadic harassment of the British colonial government (while suppressing revolts by the Filipino natives) by fielding men that include convicts they had freed, Indios such as Kapampangans and by hanging the Chinese in town on suspicions that they worked for the British; the jurisdiction of the colony the Philippines is under the general jurisdiction of the Spanish viceroy in Mexico.

1867 - Juan Crisostomo Soto, future Filipino poet, dramatist, editor, writer, newspaperman and revolutionary,  is born in in Pampanga during the Spanish colonial period; to be referred to as the "Father of Pampango Literature," he will write numerous lyrical poems, humorous plays, historical drams, fiery editorials, and philosophical essays and will also translate into the Pampango dialect Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo and Spanish version of old European plays; he will write no less than 50  zarsuwelas and plays, including the 1901 "Alang Dios" (There is no God); he will be also noted for being a Katipunero who will join the Philippine Revolution in 1896 and who will figure in a number of battles against the  imperialist United States forces during the Philippine-American War (1899-1914).

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