Saturday, January 8, 2011


1733 - Juan "Palaris" de la Cruz,  future early Filipino freedom fighter  and leader of the 2nd Pangasinan  Revolt, is born (as Pantaleon Pelaez) in Binalatongan,  Pangasinan during the Spanish colonial  period; de la Cruz would lead the  revolt that would develop  from an  insurrection to begin in  Binalatongan when town residents  will defy the paying of tributes on the  ground that with the British occupation of Manila, the Spanish colonial government has been dissolved; Palaris would eventually be  caught as the 1763 Treaty of Paris ends the Seven-Year War with the  British, allowing Spain to focus on  the military campaign in Pangasinan;  Palaris' sister would betray him and  tell the Spaniards of his whereabouts  and the combined Spanish and Ilokano  colonial forces would quash the rebels and Palaris eventually hanged.

1899 - Gen. Emilio F. Aguinaldo, leader of the fledgling Philippine Republic, softens the counter-proclamation he issued two days earlier against the imperialistic "Benevolent Assimilation" proclamation of the Bald Eagle nation president William McKinley; Aguinaldo withdrew his January 6 statement that warned of "open hostilities" if United States troops attempt to forcibly occupy the Visayas upon learning that the McKinley claimed “sovereignty” and “right of cession” and ordered the “immediate occupation” of the Philippines; earlier, Aguinaldo was earlier stupidly conned by the scheming Americans into trusting them as allies against colonial Spain and, thus, inadvertently enabled the American troops to position themselves for the invasion  when he allowed the free entry of G.I.s into the Southeast Asian archipelago; within less than a month, the imperialist Bald Eagle soldiers trigger the bloody and protracted Filipino-American War (1899-1914).

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