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April 14, 1521, Rajah Humabon of Cebu was Batptized

On April 14, 1521, Rajah Humabon, king of Cebu, and his wife were baptized on the shores of Cebu. According to Pigafetta, the king "wished to become a Christian" he even requested Magellan "to let some of his men remain [with him], so that he and his people might be better instructed in the faith." Then a wooden cross was erected "in the middle of the square," after which they were instructed by Magellan how to give reverence to the cross.

Message of the Day: The Superiority of Christ

"...who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high..." (Hebrews 1:3, NKJV)

Message of the Day: The Power of Christ’s Love

"For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again." (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, NKJV)

Message of the Day: Christ Lives In US!

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20, NKJV)

Bataan Death March

The nation marks "Araw ng Kagitingan" (Day of Valor) on April 9 of every year to highlight the valor and heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers who fought in the Philippines during World War II.

Blood Compact

Blood compact was an ancient treaty or covenant ritual signifying peace and friendship. In Spanish it is called Pacto de sangre; Sanduguan Filipino. Parties entering into a treaty would cut their wrists and pour their blood into a cup filled with liquid, such as wine, and drink the mixture.

April 7, 1521, The Magellan-Elcano Expedition Reached Cebu Accompanied by Rajah Colambu of Limasawa

Today in Philippine History Rajah Colambu of Limasawa (in today's Southern Leyte), with a fleet of ancient balangays, accompanied the Magellan-Elcano expedition to Cebu. Leaving from Limasawa, they headed north and followed the coastline of Leyte island. They navigated to Sugbo (which means “to walk or go into the waters”, referring how the arrivals from the sea had to disembark from their boats and wade in shallow waters to reach the shore. Sugbo is now known as Cebu). They reached and discovered the mouth of the cove of Cebu called Mandawe at noon of April 7, 1521.

Pontius Pilate’s Politics

After several failed attempt to exonerate Jesus, Pilate succumbed to the Jewish authorities' pressure on him to execute Jesus. The Gospels indicate Pontius Pilate's indecision, citing that he conceded to letting Jesus go at one stage of the trial, but later rescinded the offer.

April 1, 1901, Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States

On April 1, 1901, Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States, formally ending the First Republic and recognizing the sovereignty of the US over the Philippines. He signed an oath of allegiance to the United States, nine days after his capture, in return for his release from incarceration. Aguinaldo was captured by the Americans in his secret headquarters in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901.

Message of the Day: Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers [a]doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”

The Triumphal Entry

The significance of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem was not political but spiritual, and therefore he went not to the palace but to the temple.

March 25, 1986, Cory issued Proclamation No. 3 establishing a revolutionary government

Today in Philippine History On March 25, 1986, newly installed president, Corazon Aquino, issued Proclamation No. 3, abolishing the 1973 Constitution, the Parliament, the Supreme Court, the office of the Prime Minister, and all national and local positions, creating a revolutionary government under what she called the "Provisional Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines".

March 25, 1521, the Magellan-Elcano expedition left Homonhon

Today in Philippine History On this day, exactly 500 years ago, the Magellan-Elcano expedition left Homonhon (an island now part of Guiuan, Eastern Samar) after nine days in the area since 16 March 1521, recuperating and brought provisions from the people of Suluan, also an island under Guiuan.

March 22, 1915, the Sultan of Sulu relinquished his sovereignty over Sulu

Today in Philippine History On March 22, 1915, the Sultan of Sulu, Hadji Mohammad Jamalul Kiram, in behalf of his adherents and people of the Sulu Archipelago, signed in Zamboanga, a mutual agreement with the Governor General, represented by the governor of the Department of Mindano and Sulu, Frank W. Carpenter, renouncing his sovereignty over the Sulu archipelago.

Jesus’ Final Week: TUESDAY

These events showed that the conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders was heating up and would eventually lead to his passion and death.

Message of the Day: Salvation is by Grace Alone

"Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began..." (2 Timothy 1:9, NKJV)

Bataan Death March

The nation marks "Araw ng Kagitingan" (Day of Valor) on April 9 of every year to highlight the valor and heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers who fought in the Philippines during World War II.

Message of the Day: The Need For Constant Self-Examination!

James suggests the need of unceasing self-examination. We have to live in the world, and worldly things are necessary for our daily subsistence, but it requires great watchfulness to keep our affections and our hearts focused on the things that are above. We need constantly to draw near to God, to cleanse our hands, to purify our hearts, and to humble ourselves. (4:1-10)

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