Category: Government

Trivia about the Bureau of Customs in the Philippines

Trade between the Philippines and other countries more particularly her Asian neighbors, already existed long before the colonization of the islands. Foreign visitors presented “customary” tributes to our rajahs, datus and even to local chieftains for the privileges they enjoyed in exchanging goods for rare Philippine produce more particularly the islands spices and gold.

Trivia about the Office of the Solicitor General

Act No. 136 dated June 11, 1901, which became effective on June 16, 1901, created the position now occupied by the Solicitor General. Under Section 41 of the Act, an “officer learned in the law”; is required to assist the Attorney General, who headed the Bureau of Justice. lt was “the special duty of the Solicitor General to conduct and argue suits and appeals in the Supreme Court, in which the Philippine Government is interested.” Act No. 222 established the Department of Finance and Justice. The Bureau of Justice was placed under the supervision of the new department. Act No. 683 created the position of the Assistant Solicitor General. Act No. 2666 would later divide the department into a Department of Justice and a Department of Finance. The Attorney General and Solicitor General continued to represent the Government in the Supreme Court and lower courts.

Trivia about the 150 years Philippines-Switzerland Relations

To commemorate 150 year’s of relations between the Philippines and Switzerland, the Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a set of stamps that features the monuments of the national heroes of the two countries – Dr. Jose P. Rizal of the Philippines and William Tell of Switzerland – designed and executed by the renowned Swiss sculptor, Richard Kissling.

Trivia about the Seal of the President of the Republic of the Philippines – series 2

The Sealion represents the heraldic symbol of Filipinas ultramar. The Katipunan triangle in red represents equality under the law; the Three Stars are for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; and the Philippine Sun Rayonnant represents liberty and freedom. The Stars in the circular border around the Sun represent as many provinces as there are in the Republic.

Trivia about the Financial District of the Philippines

In the pre-Spanish era, Makati was ruled by Lakan Tagkan. lt was predominated by swamps and cogon grass overlooking the banks of Pasig River. Don Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, first Governor-General of the Philippines spotted the area. When Legaspi asked the name of the place, the natives misinterpreted his query because of language barrier. They pointed to the receding tide of the Pasig River and answered, “Makati na, kumakati na” meaning ebbing tide.

Trivia about the Supreme Court

June 11, 1901 marks the birth of the Supreme Court. Act 136 of the Second Philippine Commission, otherwise known as the Judiciary Law, took effect on that date. By virtue of that law, judicial power in the Philippine Islands was vested in the Supreme Court, Courts of First Instance and Justice of the Peace Courts. Other courts were subsequently established under the authority of the said Act.

Trivia about the Seal of the President of the Republic of the Philippines – series 1

The Sealion represents the heraldic symbol of Filipinas ultramar. The Katipunan triangle in red represents equality under the law; the Three Stars are for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; and the Philippine Sun Rayonnant represents liberty and freedom. The Stars in the circular border around the Sun represent as many provinces as there are in the Republic.

Trivia about the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Inauguration

Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (born April 5, 1947) is a Filipino politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 to 2010, as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001, and is currently a member of the House of Representatives representing the 2nd District of Pampanga. She was the country's second female president (after Corazón Aquino), and the daughter of former President Diosdado Macapagal.