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Flores de Mayo (flowers of May), sometimes called Flores de Maria is a flower festival celebrated annually in May to honor the Virgin Mary.



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"Happy Women's Day, Mindy! I am Hazel, a soon-to-be mom! I'm so excited to finally hold my baby boy in my arms this April (my due date). I am currently working and I am confused over whether or not I have the right to avail of maternity leave. Can you enlighten me? Thanks! -Hazel"


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Under the Social Security Act of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8282), employers shall give any pregnant employee who was able to render an aggregate service of at least six months for the last twelve months a maternity leave whether or not she is married to the father of the child. A maternity leave consists of two weeks prior to the expected delivery date and four weeks after normal delivery, with full pay based on her regular or average weekly wages. It could be extended to seventy-eight (78) days in case of a cesarean section delivery. A pregnant woman who is an SSS member should have paid at least three monthly contributions in the twelve-month period preceding the semester of childbirth in order to be paid a daily maternity benefit. The employer will cover maternity leave for the first four deliveries by a woman employee. May you have a safe delivery! God bless! :)

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Cover to the El Indio compilation.

El Indio is an adventure komiks novel written and illustrated by Francisco V. Coching and published in the pages of Pilipino Komiks from 1952 - 1953. It tells the story of Fernando, a handsome and dashing Spanish mestizo who went back to the Philippines to exact revenge on his father who he believed abandoned him and his mother Blanquita. There he discovered the cruel and oppressive colonial government, and joined the rebels in the fight against the oppressors as El Indio. El Indio was the sequel to Coching's popular series, Sabas, Ang Barbaro and is one the most popular and most successful of all his komiks novels.


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  • May 24, 1943 – The graduating class of the Institute for Former Filipino USAFFE (United States Army Forces in the Far East) was welcomed and congratulated by the Director-General of the Japanese Military Administration of the Philippines during World War II. He urged the graduates to play active roles in reconstructing and regenerating their native country. He also asked them to strive for the benefit and welfare of their countrymen.
  • May 24, 1953 – In the national convention of the Liberal Party (LP), the group unanimously nominated President Elipidio Quirino for another term. Former Speaker Jose Yulo was nominated for the Vice-Presidency.


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Ignacio B. Villamor was a Filipino justice, educator, and writer. He was elected by the board of regents of the University of the Philippines (UP) as president of the university on May 24, 1915. He was executive secretary of the Philippine Commission at the time of his election.He was the first Filipino president of the University of the Philippines. His term lasted from 1915 to 1920. At that time, UP was based in Padre Faura, Manila. He instituted a Filipinization policy to foster more Filipino participation in the university.


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