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May 27, 1893

MANILA, May 27 — On May 27, 1893, Magdalena G. Jalandoni, a Hiligaynon poet, playwright and novelist, was born in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Her works span from the coming of Malay settlers in the Middle Ages up to the Spanish and American colonial eras as well as the Japanese occupation of World War II, all portraying the history of Panay and the evolution of the Ilonggo culture.

Her famous poem "Ang Guitara" (The Guitar) is read in classrooms all over the country today.

Her other famous works include "Anabella," "Sa Kapaang Sang Inaway" (In the Heat of War), "Ang Dalaga sa Tindahan" (The Young Woman in the Store) and "Ang Kahapon ng Panay" (The Past of Panay).

She received the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1969 for her literary achievements from the government. She died on September 14, 1978 at the age of 85.

On this same day in 1911, Salvador Lopez, educator, diplomat and English writer, was born in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. His book, Literature and Society, won in the Commonwealth Literary Contest in 1940.

He served as president of the University of the Philippines and Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States.

He died on October 19, 1993 at the age 82.

Also on this date in 2004, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources confirmed that a team of Filipino and American scientists and biologists discovered a new rare mammal, described as having the features of a mouse with a body eight centimeters long and 10 centimeters tall, living in Mount Banahaw.

The creature has a head larger than its body and possesses whiskers five times the width of its head. The most unique characteristics of the animal is that it has heavy muscle jaw and remains to be the only forest dweller in Banahaw that can bite and eat the nuts of Kalomada tree.

On this same day in 1902, the Culion Leper Colony was established on the Island of Culion, Calamianes, Palawan. This hospital for lepers was built through the combined efforts of Dean C. Worcester, Victor G. Heiser, and Catholic and Protestant missionaries. (PNA)


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