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.
On this day, April 10, 1521, 500 years ago, Rajah Humabon, the king of Cebu, agreed to plant a Christian cross in Cebu.
Ferdinand VII, King of Spain, issued a decree establishing a public bank in the Philippines to meet the requirements of increasing commerce and trade in the islands on April 6, 1828.
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.
On this day, 500 years ago, March 31, 1521, an Easter Sunday, the first recorded mass in Philippines history, was held in a small island called "Mazaua."
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".
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.
Today in Philippine History On March 23, 1901, General Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the American forces led by General Frederick Funston with the help of Macabebe Scouts, in Palanan, Isabela.
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.
On March 16, 1521, the Magellan expedition saw the island of Samar in the eastern part of the country, after almost two years of voyage and hardship at sea. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese sailor defected to Spain after he was rejected and had some disagreement with the Portuguese king. He managed to convince King Charles of Spain to provide him with men and ships in his ambition to launch an expedition that would circumnavigate the world.