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Spoliarium is the oil-on-canvas masterpiece that first earned a gold medal for Juan Luna in the prestigious Exposicion Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Exhibition of Fine Arts) of 1884 in Madrid, Spain. Luna's signature work attempted to depict the horrors and pathos of the Spoliarium as it showed dead gladiators being dragged while some onlookers stood by eagerly waiting for the spoils; others looked on in horror while just across the chamber sat a woman, despondent and slumped on the floor and a man held a torch, presumably searching for the body of his kin.

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Patintero, also called Tinubigan, Patubig or Lantay-lantay, is a popular street game among Pinoys. It is considered to be best played and enjoyed at night especially when the moon is full. The players start off the game by marking the ground with a rectangular shape about five to six meters, all divided into equal parts. Chalk or water is the most common kind of marker being used for this game, although sometimes the players may just draw lines on the ground by dragging their feet. The players are then divided into two teams of equal number. One team guards the area and tries to tag the members of the other team without stepping off the lines. The other team tries to get through all the two or three lines without being tagged. Both teams take turns to be runners and guards. Some of the game's players include the patotot, the pulis and “around the world”.

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  • October 28, 1709Simon de Anda Salazar was born in Subijana, Basque Country, Spain. He temporarily became the Spanish Governor General of the Philippines from October 1762 to March 17, 1764. A native of Subijana, he was also appointed as auditor and lieutenant of the governor and captain-general. He declared himself as governor upon his establishment of Bacolor, Pampanga as capital.
  • October 28, 1897 – General Emilio Aguinaldo called field commanders to Biak-na-Bato in Bulacan to come up with a decision as to what course of action to take after Spanish authorities refused to institute reforms. The “War Party” led by General Mamerto Natividad suggested to continue the valiant struggle for freedom.

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Marcelo Hilario del Pilar y Gatmaytan was a celebrated figure in the Philippine Revolution and a leading propagandist for reforms in the Philippines. Popularly known as Plaridel, he was the editor and co-publisher of La Solidaridad. He tried to marshal the nationalist sentiment of the enlightened Filipino ilustrados, or bourgeoisie, against Spanish imperialism. On October 28, 1888, he left the Philippines in order to escape persecution by the friars. In Spain, he would become editor of La Solidaridad which served as the principal organ of the Propaganda Movement for over five years, with its last issue released on November 15, 1895.

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