POPDC was mentioned in Jon Melegrito’s Manila Mail article about our walking tour with Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Senator Loren Legarda. POPDC’s Suffrage Exhibit was also mentioned in Teresa De Veyra-Montilla’s letter to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Teresa is the granddaughter of Sofia de Veyra, one of the leaders of the Philippine suffrage movement and […]

It was a privilege to take Senator Loren Legarda and Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on a POPDC-themed walking tour of Washington. Here is our younger son Rafael in front of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building telling them about the Eisenhowers’ life in the Philippines (circa late 1930s) and John Eisenhower’s (the son of President Dwight Eisenhower) childhood […]

Fifty-seven years ago, two streets near the Philippine Chancery in Washington, DC were named “Bataan” and “Corregidor.” Despite the gloomy weather, it was a festive occasion with US and Philippine flags adorning the lamp posts and the music provided by the Army Band. US Secretary of State Dean Rusk addressed the distinguished guests (US Chief […]

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 […]

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we remember Clemencia Lopez of Batangas, who came to the US in 1902 near the end of the Philippine-American War to meet with US President Theodore Roosevelt and and ask for the release of her brothers who were imprisoned by the US military. On May 29, 1902, she spoke […]

This afternoon we visited the tiny section on the Philippine- American War in the “Wars of Expansion” Section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The exhibit features a “homemade Philippine rifle”, Filipino sandals, a Krag-Jorgenson rifle (the “standard issue infantry weapon” during the Philippine-American War), a flag used by Muslim revolutionaries, and a […]

From the February 23, 1926 issue of the Washington Post: “Filipino residents of this city commemorated [George Washington’s 194th] birthday anniversary with a meeting at the Playhouse, 1814 N street northwest. The principal speaker was Senator Sergio Osmena, president protem of the Philippines’ senate. Others who spoke were Representative James A. Frear, of Wisconsin; Clyde H. […]