Wednesday, December 1, 2010


1749 - Sultan Ali Mudin (Alimuddin) of the Philippine island of Sulu expresses his desire to be converted into a Christian Catholic during the Spanish colonial era; a commission is then appointed  by Spanish colonial Gov. General Juan Arrechederra following the consent of Manila Archbishop Msgr. Pedro de la Santisima,  for  the task of instructing the Sultan as to the tenets of  the Catholic religion; the sultan's expression of desire to be baptized a Christian comes amidst the coup staged by his brother against him following Ali Mudin's forging of treaty with the Spaniards, provisions of which include acceding to the demand that the sultan prohibits allowing foreigners to reside in his dominion without knowledge of the Spanish authorities..

1899 - Nearly ten months into the  Filipino-American War (1899-1914, Filipino Gen. Gregoro H. del Pilar orders his men to march through Angake to Tirad and valiantly defend the pass near Candon, Ilocos Sur to enable Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo to escape away from the pursuing enemy American invaders; a nephew of the patriotic reformist, the "Great Propagandist," Marcelo H. del Pilar, Gregorio has taken active part in the earlier Propaganda Movement, such as in clandestinely circulating anti-friar materials and copies of the illegal propaganda periodical, La Solidaridad; he later joined the  secret-society-turned-revolutionary-government Kagalanggalangang Katipunan  nang  manga Anak nang  Bayan (KKK) and later became one of the youngest generals during the Second Phase of the Philippine Revolution against Spain wherein he showed the uncanny combination of wit and muscle, figuring in the defense of Kakaron, attack of Paombong, and liberation of Bulacan.

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