Today in History : March 4th

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1663: Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, founder of the first Filipino congregation, Beaterio de la Compañia de Jesus, now known as the Religious of the Virgin Mary, is baptized at the “Iglesia de los Santos Reyes del Parian,” in Binondo, Manila.

1890: The original San Miguel Brewery was founded in Manila. Later renamed as San Miguel Corporation (SMC) in 1963, it has grown into one of the Philippines' largest business conglomerates with interests in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, food, packaging, power, oil and telecommunications. San Miguel Brewery was spun off from SMC on October 1, 2007 and was subsequently listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange on May 12, 2008. In 2009, Kirin Holdings Co. Ltd. of Japan bought 48.3% of the company from SMC for PHP 8.841 per share.

1897: Birth of Rosa Sevilla de Alvero, journalist, suffraguette and founder and first President of the Instituto de Mujeres, in Tondo, Manila. Rosa Sevilla Alvero is an educator, journalist, and social worker who is one of the notable Filipina suffragists in Asia as she fought for women's right to vote. She also became the first Dean of Women at the University of Santo Tomas. Died on May 11, 1954.

1899: The gunboat Bennington, replying to a challenge of the shore battery at Malabon, silences the enemy’s guns and sets a part of the town on fire. --The cruiser Baltimore arrives at Manila from Hongkong bringing two members of the United States Philippine Commission, Dr. Jacob Gould Schurman, President of Cornell University, and Professor Dean C. Worcester, of the University of Michigan. --General James F. Smith, at the head of an American expedition, occupies Bacolod, Negros Occidental.

1977: President Marcos issues a decree creating the autonomous Bangsa Moro Islamic Government which gives autonomy to the 13 provinces and calls for the withdrawal of all armed forces of the government. Regions 9 and 12 become autonomous but remain separated from each other.

1990: During heavy fighting between government troops and armed men loyal to Cagayan Governor Rodolfo Aguinaldo, Brig. Gen. Oscar Florendo is fatally shot. Florendo was a member of a government party which went to the capital of Cagayan province, Tuguegarao, to arrest Aguinaldo. Like Enrile, Aguinaldo was accused of having aided the rebels in the failed December coup.

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