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Remembering Fernando Amorsolo

We remember National Artist Fernando Amorsolo today, his 126th birthday. In this photo, he is shown completing several presidential portraits that can now be found among the art collection of the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC. His other paintings can be found among the art collections of the US Supreme Court, the Harry S. Truman […]

FDR Signs Philippine Independence Bill

84 years ago today, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Philippine Independence Bill aka Tydings-McDuffie Act. This is one of the original photo press releases. From left to right: US Sen. Joseph O’Mahoney; US Secretary of War Dern; Phil. Sen. Elpidio Quirino; Manuel Quezon,who was then President of the Philippine Senate; US Sen. Millard […]

Former Philippine Governor General Frank Murphy

February 11, 1937, a sit-down strike by autoworkers in Flint, Michigan ended after 6 weeks and General Motors (GM) formally recognized the United Automobile Workers (UAW) union. Michigan Governor Frank Murphy — who served as the last US Governor General of the Philippines a few years earlier — is also remembered today for rejecting the […]

August 1, 1944: The Death of a President

On one of the upper floors of this building, the old Philippine Chancery, the following scene took place exactly 73 years ago today, according to Carlos Romulo: “On the morning of August first, the President’s chief of staff General Valdes, called me from Saranac to tell me that the President has just died. I went […]

Jose Garcia Villa’s Magical Poetry

“First, a poem must be magical / Musical as a seagull” These are the first lines of our favorite Jose Garcia Villa poem. We first read these lines in a freshman literature class decades ago.The poem appears in Villa’s first poetry anthology, “Have Come, Am Here” (1942). This month marks the 20th year since the […]

Sofia de Veyra, Juan Arellano, and The Arts Club of Washington

The Arts Club of Washington has been around for close to a century. Its home is the Monroe House, where former U.S. President James Monroe lived in the 1800s. From the beginning, the club has welcomed members of the Filipino community. Sofia de Verya, wife of the Philippine Resident Commissioner Jaime de Veyra, gave a […]

Cavite Cannons at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Building

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (also known as the Old Executive Office Building) is next door to the White House and was originally built to house the offices of the State, Navy, and War Departments. The steps leading to the North Wing of this office building (which was previously the office of the […]