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The First Mass in the Philippines was held on 31 March 1521 on the island of Limasawa, Southern Leyte by the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. Also the first baptism in the country, it marked the start of centuries of Catholic influence, making the Philippines the only predominantly Roman Catholic country in Asia. Magellan ordered the expedition's chaplain, Fray Pedro de Valderrama, to celebrate Easter Sunday mass. It was only a few days after the blood compact between Magellan and Rajah Kolambu of Leyte; because of this alliance, the rajah allowed Magellan and his men to come ashore to celebrate mass. Rajah Kolambu was also invited to the mass along with Rajah Siagu of Butuan, his brother.



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"I am currently a fourth year high school student. I am still unsure of what course to take in college. I know I've always dreamed of becoming a doctor. But now, I am having second thoughts if I am really fit for it. Please help me decide. :( -Chynna"


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Hi there Chynna! I remember the days when my classmates and I were too excited to enter a university. How time flies! Choosing what course to take is surely one of the hardest decisions to make in life.

The most basic consideration when choosing a college course is knowing what you want, something you've always wanted to get into. You can also go for a career assessment care of your local guidance office to make choosing a college course systematic and easier. Know what you're good at by assessing your skills and talents. Consider your values (fulfillment, meaning and fulfillment, altruism, etc) to help you determine what you would like to get out of a career besides material compensation. Look forward and assess your commitment to your chosen path. Be sure if you possess the skills and the patience to go the distance. You also need to look at the career options available within this major. A certain course may offer a diploma upon completion but doesn't guarantee a job. Check out the job placement statistics of others who have pursued your chosen degree. Keep these things in mind but be sure to follow your heart.

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Dogeaters is a novel written by Jessica Hagedorn, published in 1990. The novel depicts the rich culture and society of the Philippines during the tumultuous period of Martial Law by contrasting and intertwining the lives of various characters from two different times. Rio reminisces about her family and the Philippines while Joey tries to survive after witnessing an assassination during Martial Law. It earned an American Book Award and a nomination for the Philippine National Book Awards in 1990.


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  • March 22, 1915 - Sultan of Sulu Hadji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram signed a mutual agreement with the Governor General renouncing his sovereignty over the Sulu archipelago.
  • March 22, 1897 - The Tejeros Convention (also referred to as Tejeros Congress or Tejeros Assembly), was held at Tejeros (now General Trias) in Cavite. It was the meeting that brought together the members of both the Magdalo and Magdiwang factions of the Katipunan. This is considered as the first Presidential and Vice Presidential election in the history of the Philippines. Andres Bonifacio was elected as Interior Director and Emilio Aguinaldo was elected as the President.


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Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy (22 March 1869 – 6 February 1964) was a military leader and politician who is popularly considered to be the first president of the Philippines. He was one of the major figures in the history of the Philippines' fight for independence from Spanish colonization, and also played a part in the Philippine-American War.

Although its legitimacy had not been recognized by the rest of the world during its existence, Aguinaldo's government is presently held to be the first republic in Southeast Asia.


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