Filipino History

Philippines: Cebu - Luzon - Manila

Historical Events

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1521-03-17 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines

  • 1521-03-31 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus, Philippines
  • 1521-03-31 The first Mass in the Philippines is generally believed to have been held on the Island of Limasawa, but may also have taken place on Masao in Butuan
  • 1565-04-27 1st Spanish settlement in the Philippines forms at Cebu City
  • 1582-06-20 Bishop Domingo de Salazar of Manila suppresses the Philippines
  • 1593-10-24 Alleged teleportation of Spanish soldier Gil Perez from the Philippines to Mexico

Historic Event

1594-06-11 Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, creating a ruling class of native nobility known as the Principalía

  • 1600-10-16 Olivier van Noorts ships reach Philippines
  • 1603-10-20 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed
  • 1605-10-03 Chinese uprising on Philippines, Tondo/Quiapo massacre
  • 1607-01-19 San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; the oldest church in the Philippines
  • 1611-04-28 Establishment of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, oldest existing university in Asia and largest Catholic university in the world
  • 1660-12-15 Philippines: Andres Malongs rebels plunders Bagnotan
  • 1686-05-04 Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines
  • 1755-06-29 515 prominent Filipinos baptized as Catholic
  • 1755-06-30 Philippines close all non-catholic Chinese restaurants
  • 1762-10-06 British troops occupy Manila, Philippines
  • 1787-11-30 Spanish governor leaves the Philippines
  • 1814-02-01 Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200
  • 1820-03-09 -11) Philippines chases out foreigners; about 125 die

Historic Event

1892-07-06 Jose Rizal forms La Liga Filipina in Manila

  • 1896-08-30 Eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco. Including provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Cavite and Nueva Ecija
  • 1896-10-06 Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona
  • 1896-12-30 Filipino nationalist José Rizal is executed by firing squad in Manila by the Spanish

Historic Event

1898-04-24 US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines

Philippine Revolution

1898-06-12 Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain

  • 1898-07-03 American troops, en route to the Philippines on the SS China, raise the American flag on Wake Island

Spain Declares War Against the United States

1898-12-10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish–American War is signed by US President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam

  • 1899-12-02 Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
  • 1900-06-21 In the Philippines, General Arthur McArthur, US military governor of the Philippines, issues an amnesty proclamation to those Filipinos who will renounce the insurgent movement and accept US sovereignty
  • 1900-09-13 Filipino resistance fighters defeat a small American column in the Battle of Pulang Lupa, during the Philippine–American War.
  • 1900-09-17 Philippine–American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac.
  • 1900-12-23 As American forces defeat Filipino insurgents and impose civil authority, some Filipinos form a Federal Party with a platform recognizing US sovereignty
  • 1901-04-19 In the Philippines, recently captured insurgent leader Emilio Aguinaldo issues a proclamation advising his countrymen to end their rebellion and use of peaceful means to work with the US toward independence.
  • 1901-05-23 US captures leader of Filipino rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo

Historic Event

1901-07-04 William Howard Taft, former Federal judge, is installed as first governor-general of the Philippines and declares amnesty for all insurgents who take an oath of allegiance

  • 1902-04-29 Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines
  • 1902-07-01 US Congress passes the Philippines Government Act, providing that the Philippines be governed by a commission appointed by the President, with consent from the senate; Filipinos are to be treated as citizens of their land, no the USA

Historic Event

1902-07-04 Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US President Theodore Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents

  • 1904-10-19 Polytechnic University of the Philippines founded as Manila Business School through superintendence of American C.A. O'Reilley
  • 1905-07-29 US Secretary of War William Howard Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to Japanese free rein in Korea in return for non-interference with the US in the Philippines
  • 1907-06-03 Centro Escolar University is established by Librada Avelino and Carmen de Luna in Manila, Philippines
  • 1907-07-30 The Filipinos elect their first legislature; it will meet on 16 October
  • 1911-01-12 The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.
  • 1911-07-14 46" of rain begins to fall in Baguio, Philippines
  • 1911-07-15 46" of rain (beginning 7/14) falls in Baguio, Philippines
  • 1912-04-29 108°F (42°C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)
  • 1914-07-27 Felix Manalo registers the Iglesia ni Cristo with the Filipino government.
  • 1916-08-29 US Congress accepts Jones Act: Philippines independence
  • 1917-03-10 Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines's earliest encomiendas
  • 1926-07-26 Philippines government asks USA for a plebiscite on independence
  • 1933-01-12 US Congress recognizes the Philippines' independence
  • 1934-03-24 U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act, declaring the Philippines independent after a period of 10 years
  • 1934-05-07 World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
  • 1935-05-14 Plebiscite in the Philippines ratifies independence agreement

Historic Event

1935-09-17 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina chosen 2nd President of Philippines

  • 1935-11-15 Commonwealth of Philippines inaugurated
  • 1936-10-31 The Boy Scouts of the Philippines formed
  • 1937-04-30 The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative
  • 1940-04-01 Filipino President Quezon officially authorizes the printing and publication of the grammar and dictionary prepared by the Institute of the National Language.
  • 1941-12-09 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines
  • 1941-12-10 Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
  • 1941-12-20 Japanese troops land on Mindanao, Philippines
  • 1941-12-22 Japan's invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
  • 1942-01-02 Japanese troops occupy Manila, Philippines

'I Shall Return'

1942-02-22 World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse

Historic Event

1942-03-20 General Douglas MacArthur vows "I came through and I shall return" after escaping Japanese-occupied Philippines

  • 1942-04-09 Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
  • 1942-04-12 Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
  • 1942-05-06 Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies

Historic Event

1943-10-14 Japan declares the Philippines independent under President José P. Laurel

  • 1944-06-20 US attacks Japanese fleet in the Philippine Sea
  • 1944-09-22 President Jose P. Laurel declares the Philippines under martial law in 1944 through Proclamation No. 29
  • 1944-09-23 Proclamation No. 30 was issued, declaring the existence of a state of war between the Philippines and the United States and the United Kingdom
  • 1944-10-19 US forces land in the Philippines
  • 1944-10-20 US forces under General Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines with the landing of the US 6th army on Leyte
  • 1944-10-24 US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines
  • 1944-12-17 US destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed
  • 1944-12-18 US Destroyers Hull, Spence & Monaghan sink in typhoon (Philippines)
  • 1945-01-09 US soldiers led by Gen Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines
  • 1945-01-30 American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied POWs from Japanese at Cabanatuan
  • 1945-03-10 US troops land in western Mindanao, Philippines in Operation VICTOR IV
  • 1945-04-17 US troops land in central Mindanao, Philippines during Battle of Mindanao
  • 1945-07-05 World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared
  • 1945-09-03 World War II: Japanese forces in the Philippines surrender to the Allies

Historic Event

1946-05-28 Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

  • 1946-07-04 Philippines gains independence from US
  • 1946-07-04 President Manuel Roxas inaugurated as the 5th President of the Philippines and the first president of the Third Republic at the Independence Grandstand, Manila

Historic Event

1948-04-17 Elpidio Quirino assumes the Presidency of the Philippines, taking his oath of office two days after the death of President Manuel Roxas

  • 1949-01-03 The central bank of the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is founded
  • 1950-10-23 Filipino President Elpidio Quirino issues Executive Order No. 355 replacing the National Land Settlement Administration with Land Settlement Development Corporation (LASEDECO)
  • 1950-11-05 Philippines president Elpidio Quirino ends emergency crisis
  • 1951-08-30 US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
  • 1951-12-04 Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman, Philippines, killing 500 people
  • 1952-06-21 Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce; later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Historic Event

1956-05-09 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration

  • 1957-03-17 Presidential plane crashes on Mt. Manunggal in Cebu, Philippines killing 25 including Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay

Davis Cup

1957-12-06 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia

  • 1960-03-28 Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
  • 1965-09-28 Taal Volcano explodes on Luzon Philippines killing around 100

Famous Birthdays

  • 1663-02-01 Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Filipino Religious Sister of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Bonondo, Manila, Philippines (d. 1748)
  • 1788-04-02 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (Florante at Laura), born in Barrio Panginay, Balagtas, Bulacan (d. 1862)
  • 1812-01-06 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero, born in Caloocan, Philippines (d. 1919)
  • 1818-03-15 Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (d. 1924)
  • 1834-06-16 Wesley Merritt, American Major General (Union Army), 1st American Military Governor of the Philippines, born in NYC, New York (d. 1910)
  • 1856-12-18 Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist (La Solidaridad), orator, social reformist, and national hero, born in Jaro, Captaincy General of the Philippines, Spanish Empire (d. 1896)

Jose Rizal

1861-06-19 José Rizal, Filipino nationalist, author ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') and ophthalmologist, born in Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines (d. 1896)

  • 1864-07-23 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, born in Tanauan, Batangas, Philippines (d. 1903)
  • 1875-11-14 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (d. 1899)
  • 1875-12-15 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, born in Tondo, Manila (d. 1899)
  • 1877-04-18 Vicente Sotto, Filipino politician and author (Sotto Law, Republic Act No. 53), born in Cebu City, Spanish Empire (d. 1950)
  • 1877-10-29 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, born in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines (d. 1966)

Manuel L. Quezon

1878-08-19 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina, Second President of the Philippines (1935-42), born in Baler, Aurora, Philippines (d. 1944)

  • 1878-09-09 Sergio Osmeña, 4th President of the Philippines (d. 1961)
  • 1879-09-25 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, born in Pasig, Philippines (d. 1963)
  • 1883-01-21 Amang Rodriguez, Filipino politician (d. 1964)
  • 1888-02-19 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • 1890-02-08 Claro Mayo Recto, Filipino nationalist/opponent of US colonialism

Elpidio Quirino

1890-11-16 Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines (d. 1956)

  • 1891-11-28 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist (48th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and politician, born in Mandurriao, Iloilo, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • 1892-05-30 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (d. 1972)
  • 1894-12-26 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), born in Quiapo, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1980)
  • 1895-03-23 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (d. 2001)
  • 1896-11-04 Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (1957-61), born in Talibon, Bohol, Philippines (d. 1971)
  • 1898-02-08 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), born in Manila, Spanish Philippines (d. 1964)
  • 1901-08-01 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands (d. 1925)
  • 1902-01-25 Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1975)
  • 1902-08-19 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)
  • 1902-10-21 Hilarion Rubio, Filipino composer, born in Bacoor, Cavite (d. 1985)
  • 1904-01-28 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (d. 1979)
  • 1905-03-24 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
  • 1905-07-13 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
  • 1905-09-05 Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician, born in Tanza, Cavite, Philippines (d. 2005)
  • 1907-02-13 Catalina "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipino jazz and torch song singer, born in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippine Islands (d. 2004)

Ramon Magsaysay

1907-08-31 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines (US Legion of Merit-1952), born in Iba, Zambales, Philippines (d. 1957)

  • 1907-12-12 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, born in Manila (d. 1979)
  • 1908-06-30 Lucino Tinio Sacramento, Filipino composer, born in Licab, Nueva Ecija, Philippines (d. 1984)
  • 1909-08-21 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1986)
  • 1910-09-28 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65)
  • 1911-11-27 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, born in Manila, Philippine Islands (d. 2011)
  • 1912-05-01 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, born in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Philippine Islands (d. 1992)
  • 1912-09-10 Mary Walter, Filipino actress (Shake, Rattle and Roll, Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa), born in Sorsogon, Philippine Islands (d. 1993)
  • 1912-12-26 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician (Mayor of Manila, 1952-62), born in Talisay, Philippines (d. 1962)
  • 1915-07-25 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)
  • 1915-09-29 Brenda Marshall [Ardis Ankerson], American actress (The Sea Hawk, Paris After Dark), born in Island of Negros, Philippines (d. 1992)
  • 1915-10-11 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, born in Santiago, Philippines (d. 2016) [1]
  • 1916-11-12 Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (d. 1986)
  • 1917-01-31 José Maceda, Filipino composer and ethnomusicologist born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)
  • 1918-01-21 Chichay [Amparo Robles Custodio], Filipino comedienne and actress (Bilangguang puso, Ngitngit ng pitong whistle bomb), born in Tondo, Manila (d. 1993)
  • 1918-07-16 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (Okey Ka Fairy Ko!), born in San Pablo, Laguna, Philippine Islands (d. 1989)
  • 1921-10-08 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), born in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippine (d. 2010)
  • 1922-05-11 Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1922-09-03 Rosendo Ejercito Santos, Filipino composer, born in Caridad, Cavite City, Philippines (d. 1994)
  • 1924-10-15 Henry Sy Sr., Chinese Malay businessman 'Philippines Retail King', born 1924 Jinjiang, China (d. 2019)
  • 1924-12-03 F. Sionil José, Filipino novelist (Rosales Saga) and Philippine National Artist for Literature, born in Rosales, Pangasinan, Philippine Islands
  • 1927-02-03 Blas Ople, Filipino politician (d. 2003)
  • 1928-07-25 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (The Rites of May), born in Pagsanjan, Philippines (d. 1988)

Imelda Marcos

1929-07-02 Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician and First Lady of the Philippines (1965-86) who famously collected over 1,000 pairs of shoes, born in Manila, Philippines

  • 1929-09-30 Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Filipino Senator, lawmaker and women's rights activist who led the drafting of the international women’s bill of rights, born in Lingayen, Philippine Islands (d. 2017)
  • 1931-10-16 Rosa Rosal [Florence Gayda], Filipino actress and humanitarian described as "original femme fatale of Philippine cinema", born in Manila, Philippine Islands
  • 1932-02-20 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
  • 1933-12-11 Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Filipino politician (23rd President of the Senate of the Philippines), born in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Philippine Islands
  • 1934-07-17 Lucio Tan, Chinese Filipino businessman (Philippine Airlines), in Amoy China
  • 1934-08-25 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • 1935-03-25 Gabriel 'Flash' Elorde, Filipino boxer (featherweight and super featherweight champion), born in Bogo (d. 1985)
  • 1935-06-27 Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor, born in San Juan, Rizal, Philippines (d. 2007)
  • 1935-10-06 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (d. 1998)
  • 1939-02-08 José Maria Sison, Filipino communist
  • 1939-04-03 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), born in Pilar, Sorsogon, Philippines (d. 1991)
  • 1939-07-21 Kim Fowley, American rock vocalist, singer, producer (The Runaways), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-20 Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor and politician (2004 presidential candidate), born in Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines (d. 2004)
  • 1939-10-05 Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Filipino Supreme Court jurist, born in Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines
  • 1939-11-06 Leonardo Quisumbing, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, born in Masbate, Philippines
  • 1941-06-19 Conchita Carpio-Morales, Filipino Supreme Court justice and jurist
  • 1943-09-05 Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary (d. 2007)
  • 1949-07-03 Susan Penhaligon, British actress (Dracula, Nasty Habits), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1950-06-05 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist, born in Sta. Mesa, Manila, Philippines
  • 1950-10-31 Antonio Taguba, US Army Major General, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1951-02-18 Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite, born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1951-04-18 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • 1952-01-22 Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
  • 1952-02-28 Cristina Raines [Tina Herazo], actress (Sentinel), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1952-04-01 Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer, born in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
  • 1953-01-22 Karen Moe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1972), born in Del Monte, Philippines
  • 1953-02-13 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2018)
  • 1953-03-17 Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
  • 1953-06-29 Billy Hinsche, American pop musician, singer, and songwriter (Dino, Desi & Billy; The Beach Boys), born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2021)
  • 1953-11-05 Florentino V. Floro, Filipino judge (suspended from the Philippine judiciary in 2006 due to mental illness), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1954-01-15 Jose Dalisay Jr., Filipino writer, born in Romblon, Philippines
  • 1954-08-26 Efren Reyes 'The Magician', Filipino professional pool player, born in Mexico, Philippines
  • 1955-10-29 Boy Abunda, Filipino journalist and television personality
  • 1957-01-22 Rene Requiestas, Filipino actor & comedian, born in Tondo, Philippines (d. 1993)

Famous Weddings

Jose Rizal

1896-12-30 Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal (35) weds girlfriend Josephine Bracken (20) before his execution in Fort Santiago, Manila

  • 1930-07-14 1st Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo (61) weds second wife Maria Agoncillo (51) at Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan

Ramon Magsaysay

1933-11-16 Ramon Magsaysay, latter President of the Philippines (26) weds Luz Banzon (18) at Lourdes church in Manila

Corazon Aquino

1954-10-11 Philippine president Corazon Aquino (21) weds Tarlac governor Benigno Aquino Jr (22) in Pasay City, Philippines

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

1968-08-02 Future President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal (21) weds lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo (22)

  • 2006-09-18 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines

Famous Deaths

Ferdinand Magellan

1521-04-27 Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer, killed by Filipino natives at 50 while on voyage to circumnavigate the world

  • 1637-09-29 Lorenzo Ruiz, Filipino-Chinese saint, dies by trial by torture by Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan at 42
  • 1661-01-17 Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
  • 1748-09-10 Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Filipino Religious Sister of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 85
  • 1862-02-20 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (Florante at Laura), dies at 73

ExecutionJose Rizal

1896-12-30 Jose Protacio Rizal, Filipino nationalist and novelist ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') is executed by firing squad at 35

  • 1897-05-10 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader of 1896 Philippine revolt against Spain, dies at 33
  • 1899-04-16 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, dies at 23
  • 1899-12-02 Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (killed at Battle of Tirad Pass) (b. 1875)
  • 1903-05-13 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, dies at 38
  • 1919-03-02 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
  • 1924-08-25 Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (b. 1818)
  • 1925-07-14 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, dies at 23

Manuel L. Quezon

1944-08-01 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina, Second President of Philippines (1935-42), dies of tuberculosis at 65

  • 1945-02-10 Anacleto Diaz, Filipino jurist (b. 1878)
  • 1945-02-12 Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
  • 1948-06-26 Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (Sa Kabukiran), murdered by former co-star Narding Anzures at 24
  • 1949-04-28 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines, assassinated at 61
  • 1949-08-17 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist (48th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and politician, dies at 57
  • 1950-05-28 Vicente Sotto, Filipino politician and author (Sotto Law, Republic Act No. 53), dies at 73
  • 1962-04-15 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino journalist and politician (Mayor of Manila, 1952-62), dies of a stroke at 49
  • 1963-05-01 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • 1964-12-30 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • 1966-02-06 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, dies at 88
  • 1972-04-26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, dies at 79
  • 1975-06-14 Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (b. 1902)
  • 1977-11-11 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist, dies at 27
  • 1979-01-16 Fred Elizalde, Spanish Filipino composer, dies at 71
  • 1979-09-04 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • 1980-01-29 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), dies at 85
  • 1981-12-30 Alfie Anido, Filipino model and actor (Temptation Island), dies under mysterious circumstances on his 22nd birthday
  • 1983-08-21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • 1984-11-14 Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (b. 1916)
  • 1985-05-06 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • 1986-02-11 Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • 1986-11-10 Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino film actor and politician, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1986-11-13 Rolando Olalia, Philippines worker's union leader, murdered
  • 1988-08-27 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (The Rites of May), dies at 60
  • 1989-01-27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70

Ferdinand Marcos

1989-09-28 Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines (1965-86), dies in Honolulu at 72

  • 1990-02-07 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • 1991-05-22 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • 1992-05-15 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver, killed during a practice run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 27
  • 1992-12-05 Felipe Padilla de León, Filipino composer, dies at 80
  • 1993-02-17 Alfredo de Leon, leader (Philippines Red Scorpio Gang), killed
  • 1993-02-25 Mary Walter, Filipino actress (Shake, Rattle and Roll, Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa), dies at 80
  • 1993-03-31 Chichay [Amparo Robles Custodio], Filipino comedienne and actress (Bilangguang puso, Ngitngit ng pitong whistle bomb), dies at 75
  • 1993-07-24 Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (b. 1957)
  • 1994-12-27 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)
  • 1997-04-21 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • 1998-01-09 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • 2001-02-06 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • 2001-03-13 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • 2001-11-07 Nida Blanca, Filipino actress (b. 1936)
  • 2003-12-14 Blas Ople, Filipino journalist & politician, dies at 76
  • 2004-01-27 Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • 2004-05-05 José Maceda, Filipino composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • 2004-10-04 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)
  • 2004-11-10 (Catalina) "Katy" de la Cruz, Filipina bodabil singer and actress, dies at 97
  • 2004-12-14 Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor & politician (2004 presidential candidate), dies at 65
  • 2005-03-31 Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician, dies at 99
  • 2005-06-21 Jaime Cardinal Sin, Filipino Catholic Archbishop of Manila (b. 1928)
  • 2006-10-03 Alberto Ramento, Filipina bishop (b. 1937)
  • 2007-01-15 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 2007-08-26 Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor, dies at 72
  • 2007-11-08 Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary, dies at 64
  • 2007-11-13 Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician and Congressman, dies at 47
  • 2007-12-22 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • 2008-06-07 Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)
  • 2008-12-07 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • 2008-12-10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • 2009-01-13 Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • 2009-03-06 Francis Magalona, Filipino Pinoy hip-hop rapper, songwriter, and television personality (Eat Bulaga!, 1995-2009), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 2009-08-31 Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925)
  • 2010-04-12 Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
  • 2010-07-25 Redford White, Filipino comedian (b. 1955)
  • 2010-10-03 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), dies at 88
  • 2010-11-01 Ernesto Presas, Filipino martial artist (b. 1945)
  • 2010-11-16 Wyngard Tracy, Filipino talent manager (b. 1952)
  • 2011-01-01 Reynaldo Dagsa, Filipino politician, assassinated at 35
  • 2011-04-17 AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
  • 2011-08-06 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, dies at 99
  • 2017-03-20 Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Filipino Senator, lawmaker and women's rights activist who led the drafting of the international women’s bill of rights, dies of colon cancer at 87
  • 2018-05-06 Cirilo Bautista, Filipino writer and poet, dies at 76