Philippine Historical Events in December

Philippine Historical Events in December

Day Year Event
1 1846 First issue of La Esperanza, first Philippine daily newspaper in Spanish
1 1926 Birth of Onofre D. Corpuz – 2004 National Scientist
2 1899 Battle of Tirad Pass in Ilocos Sur province during the Philippine-American War where the youthful General Gregorio del Pilar died after a fellow Filipino named Januario Galut led the Americans along a secret path towards the Pass.
3 1912 Birth of governor and later senator Salipada Pendatun in Pagalungan, Maguindanao
4 1594 Death of Domingo de Salazar, first bishop of Manila
5 2000 Approval of the cityhoods of Balanga in Bataan, Bayawan in Negros Oriental, and Valencia in Bukidnon
6 1931 The OSROX Independence Mission led by Sergio Osmena and Manuel Roxas was sent to Washington, USA.
7 2000 Impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada formally opened at the Philippine Senate.
7 1936 Birth of Artemio Panganiban in Manila, the 21st chief justice of the Supreme Court from December 20, 2005 to December 7, 2006
8 1930 Act No. 3815 or the Revised Penal Code was approved.
8 1941 The Philippines joined World War II after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
9 1985 First issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer – a leading English Daily
10 1898 The Treaty of Paris was signed whereby Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States for US$20 Million.
10 1982 The UN Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) which adopted the so-called Archipelagic Doctrine, was approved by 130 countries.
11 1897 The Pact of Biak-Na-Bato was signed, temporarily halting the hostilities between the Filipino Revolutionaries and Spanish Forces.
11 2018 Balanginga Bells returned to the Philippines after 117 years.
12 1928 The first National Eucharistic Congress was held in Manila.
12 2011 Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle was formally installed as the 32nd Archbishop of Manila.
12 2011 188 Congressmen signed the impeachment complaint of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
13 1949 Birth of Manuel B. Villar – Senate President, House Speaker, businessman
14 1863 Birth of Arsenio Cruz Herrera, member of malolos Congress and first mayor of Manila
15 1875 Emilio Jacinto, considered as the brain of the Katipunan, was born in Tondo, Manila.
16 1730 Diego silang was born in Aringay, La Union
16 2008 Renewable Energy Act or Republic Act no. 9513 was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
17 1856 Graciano Lopez Jaena was born in Jaro, Iloilo. He was considered as Prince of Filipino Orators and one of the leading men of the Propaganda Movement
17 2011 Typhoon Sendong brought heavy rains to Mindanao and left hundreds of people dead and missing in one of the worst calamities to ever hit the island.
17 2022 Baliuag becomes the 4th city of Bulacan Province and the 147th city of the Philippines by virtue of the ratification of Republic Act 11929.
18 1974 President Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 612 or the Insurance Code of the Philippines
18 1998 Approval of the cityhood of Tuguegarao in Cagayan
18 2018 President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11166, The Philippine AIDS and HIV Policy Act
18 1999 Approval of the cityhood of Malolos in Bulacan
19 1899 Battle of San Mateo, Rizal where the Filipino Forces led by General Licerio Geronimo defeated the Americans killing General Lawton.
19 2017 President Rodrigo Duterte Signed Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act
20 1935 Birth of Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. in Argao, Cebu. He was the 20th chief justice from November 30, 1998 to Dec. 20, 2005
20 1987 Collision of passenger ship MV Dona Paz with oil tanker MT Vector in Tablas Strait located between the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque. Considered as the worst peacetime maritime tragedy where 4,300 people died and only 26 survived.
21 1936 Approval of Commonwealth Act no. 1 or the National Defense Act which created the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine Military Academy
22 1896 Francisco M. Fronda was born in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija. He was named National Scientist as an expert in poultry science.
22 1910 Chief Justice Querube Makalintal was born in San Jose, Batangas. He also served as Speaker of the Interim Batasang Pambansa during the Marcos regime.
23 1895 Birth of Victorio C. Edades in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. He was named National Artist in 1976 for painting.
23 1900 Establishment of the Federal Party, the first political party in the Philippines.
23 1895 Merger of the Manila Stock Exchange and Makati Stock Exchange into the Philippine Stock Exchange.
24 1941 The seat of the Commonwealth Government was transferred to Corregidor Island during World War II.
25 1924 Birth of Henry Sy, the founder of SM group of companies
26 1941 General Douglas MacArthur declared Manila as an Open City during World War II.
27 1945 Resident Commissioner Carlos P. Romulo signed for the Philippines its membership in the International Monetary Fund.
28 2000 Philippines signed the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court
29 1939 Birth of Jose Concepcion Jr., the founder of RFM group of companies, founder of Namfrel (an election watchdog), and former Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry.
30 1896 Dr. Jose Rizal was executed in Luneta.
31 1896 The Imus Assembly was held to patch up the differences between the Bonifacio and Aguinaldo factions of the Katipunan.

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See also:
List of Philippine Provinces with a link to their profile and history

Philippine Historical Events in December
Philippine Historical Events in December includes the national hero’s execution in Luneta now renamed after him.

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