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June 27, 1974

MANILA, June 27 — On June 27, 1974, Filipino Chess Master Eugene Torre became Asia's first grandmaster by drawing with American Grandmaster Robert Byrne at the Nice World Chess Olympics.

Born on November 4, 1951 in Iloilo City, Torre had been considered the best chess player the Philippines produced during the period spanning the 1980s through 1990s.

The former Business Administration undergraduate from Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) also has the distinction of being the first Asian player to earn the much-coveted title of International Grandmaster.

Also, on this same day in 1863, Ladislao Diwa, one of the founders of the Katipunan, was born in San Roque, Cavite.

The Katipunan was a secret society initiated by Andres Bonifacio, Teodoro Plata, Diwa and other Filipino patriots on July 7, 1892, which was primarily aimed at gaining independence from Spain through the revolution.

Diwa died on March 12, 1930 at the age of 66.

Also, on this same day in 1895, Zoilo M. Galang, novelist in English and encyclopedist, was born in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Galang’s 10-volume Encyclopedia of the Philippines was published in 1936. He died in 1959. (PNA)


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