GERARDO DE LEON (B. September 12, 1913, D. July 21, 1981), Master Filmmaker. Gerry's first job was as a piano player at Cine Moderno during the era of silent movies. After finishing high school, he decided to become a doctor and enrolled at the U.S.T. College of Medicine. For a few years he concentrated on his studies; but the spell of the movies lured him. He became a professional actor and scriptwriter. His first directorial job came in 1939 via the movie, Ama't Anak. His biggest pre-war hit was Ang Maestra, starring Rogelio de la Rosa and Rosa del Rosario. De Leon went on to make over eighty movies from the 30's to the 70's. His last unfinished film was Juan de la Cruz starring Fernando Poe, Jr. in 1976. He was named National Artist in Film in 1982.
Last year, the town of San Nicolas in Ilocos Norte celebrated the centennial of its reconstitution through the Damili Festival slated from November 9 to December 31. Damili, an Ilocano word meaning pottery or pottery making, is a traditional livelihood of the San Nicolas folks. The two-month long celebration is in pursuant of Proclamation 1832 signed by President Gloria Arroyo on July 6, 2009 declaring 2009 as the Centennial Year of the Reconstitution of the Municipality of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte. The proclamation also directs various agencies including the National Historical Institute (NHI) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to participate in the celebration.
Historically, San Nicolas was separated from Laoag and its territory was reconstituted on January 1, 1909 pursuant to Executive Order 101 dated October 22, 1908, issued by then-Gov. Gen. James Smith.
People born under the sign of goat (1907, 1919,1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, and 2003) are kind and compassionate. They are civilized, courtly, and refined. They like peace and quiet, and follow the latest trends in art and literature. Some may see a goat person as a bit of pushover, but that is far from the truth, because he can be determined when he wants his own way.
|The Philippine Chinese Philatelic Society (PCPS) was formally named and established in 1951 by a group of overseas Chinese philatelists who sought to: 1) promote philately as a wholesome hobby; 2) foster cordial relationship between Filipino and Chinese collectors; 3) introduce Chinese philately to collectors through the print medium; and 4) gain recognition in international philatelic circles.|