Today in History : February 20th

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1862: Francisco Baltazar died. Balagtas is considered the equivalent of William Shakespeare and the "Prince of Tagalog Poets" for his impact on Filipino literature with Florante at Laura regarded as his defining work. In fact, he is so greatly revered in the Philippines that a tradition held for debating in extemporaneous verse is known as 'Balagtasan'.

1899: The town of Manduriao, Iloilo, in the Philippines falls to the colonizing American forces despite the valiant resistance of Ilongo soldiers under General Martin Delgado; following the occupation of Iloilo by the imperialist forces, Delgado as politico-military governor of the province and army's general-in-chief will engage in efforts aimed at harassing the invaders with the support of combatants and non-combatants alike.

1960: Pierre Patricio Farum y Castro was born in Dumalag, Capiz -- the second son of Emerson Patricio Bereber, a sugar technologist, and Teresita Farum Castro, a public school teacher. As a toddler, he moved with his family to a neighboring town, in Pilar, Capiz. He already took an interest in art at the tender age of five. Teachers discovered his talent during the second grade where he would win an on-the-spot art contest. Later in high school, he would win second place in another art contest sponsored by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Region VI. Pierre Patricio Farum is a self-taught Filipino artist

1963: Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation was established. It is located along Ortigas Avenue Extention, Cainta, Rizal, Philippines. The company is currently headed by Mr. Kengo Takase.

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