Today in history

May 16, 2010 12:15 pm 

May 16, 1899

MANILA, May 16 — On May 16,1899, La Democracia, the first Filipino newspaper to recognize the sovereignty of the United States, started publication.

Edited by Trinidad H. Pardo de Tavera, the newspaper advocated peace, the separation of the church and state, granting of autonomy to the Philippines and representation to US Congress and the eventual admission of the Philippines to the United States Union.

Also on this same day in 1571, the Real Audiencia, a court which functions as an appellate court in Spain and its empire, was formally organized in Manila.

Also on this same day in 1571, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, a Spanish navigator, conqueror of the Philippines, arrived in Manila from Panay. (PNA)

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