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March 21, 2010 11:30 am 

March 21, 1915

MANILA, March 21 — On March 21 , 1915, Eliseo Pajaro, composer and recipient of the Republic Cultural Heritage Award, was born in Badoc, Ilocos Sur.

Among his famous compositions was the opera Binhi ng Kalayaan, based on the life of Jose Rizal.

Also, on this same day in 1947, the Joint United States Military Advisory Group or JUSMAG, which played a key role in suppressing the Huk rebellion in the 1950s, was organized.

The Hukbalahap Rebellion, a Communist insurgency, that lasted from 1946 to 1954, against the Philippine government. The insurgency was finally put down through a series of reforms and military victories by Filipino President Ramon Magsaysay.

JUSMAG was organized as a result of the military cooperation agreement with American advisers placed in all branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Also, on this day in 1968, Pilar H. Lim, a social worker and civic leader, an educator and the first to graduate with honors from the University of the Philippines, Centro Escolar University and De La Salle University, received the “Dakilang Guro” award from the University of the Philippines Faculty Association. (PNA)

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