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Diosdado P. Macapagal – 5th President of the 3rd Republic of the Philippines (2 of 2)

Good morning everyone.  This is just the part 2 of my particle …

His suggested law as congressman was all about the welfare of the ordinary people.  One of these was the exportation of rice and corn.  Because of this, he was called the “Champion on the Mass.”

In 1958 he won as Vice President of the Philippines and on November 14, 1961 he won as President against former President Carlos P. Garcia.

As a President he gave emphasis on the problem in lack of employment and in the increase of production to help in the needs of many Pilipino.  Simple living in all of the government and the faithfulness in the duty was included in his bylaw.

He facilitated to reform the land to help the poor farmers.  He was given a hand by the experts in the law that will change the life of the small farmers.

Macapagal was the one sent Harry Stonehill and his accompanying person to go back to America.  Stonehill is an American millionaire who established many businesses in the Philippines.  He bribed some top officials in the government so he can do what ever he wants to have his business  always be successful in the country.  This became a big scandal that reached to the knowledge of Macapagal.  He did all the steps to end this scandal.

Macapagal also became the instrument to increase the relation of the Philippines in many countries.  He was also initiated to own Sabah from Malaysia.

Many of his detractor in the politics put Macapagal down. Different terrible issues were brought by the detractors which made in his clean name and services unpleasant.  It was not surprising anymore that he got lost when he ran again for President in November 1965.  Nevertheless, he was a gentleman to accept his failure.

When Former President Carlos P. Garcia, Macapagal replace him as the President of the Second Constitutional Convention.

President Diosdado Macapagal had two wives.  The first one was Purita dela Rosa who died early.  He had two children with Purita named Maria Cielo and Arturo.  The second one was Dr. Evangeline Macaraeg who had also given him two children named Maria Gloria and Diosdado Jr.

This was Macapagal aspiration in life:  “DO THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO AND GOD WILL DO ALL THE REST.”

Macapagal died last April 1997.



Protecting the Mangroves

Dr. Jurgenne H. Primavera

Dr. Jurgenne H. Primavera

She fell in love with the mangroves.  And since then she protected the mangroves like a true knight protecting his king.

Dr. Jurgenne H. Primavera spent her time studying mangroves and discovered why mangroves population in the Philippines was declining—the major culprit is the conversion of mangrove areas to brackish water fishponds.  According to Dr. primavera, the greatest mangrove loss has been due to large-scale development of bangus (milkfish) ponds at 4,000 to 5,000 hectares per year from the 1950s to the 1960s.  also, coastal communities, as well as bakeries and wood-fired sugar mills, depend on mangroves for fuel.  Mangrove areas are also converted to agriculture and salt ponds or cut down to give way to reclaimed lands for ports and commercial areas.

Because of her stand on mangroves, Primavera became the only Filipino scientist to receive an honorary doctorate degree from the Stockholm University in Sweden, capping more than 10 years of mangroves studies.  Since 1997, Primavera has worked on two mangrove sites in Aklan as field laboratories.  These are the patches of mangroves in Ibajay town and Buswang in Kalibo town.

She wrote more than 60 scientific articles, review papers, manuals, book chapters and technical reports, and co-authored 20 papers.  Many of the subjects touched on impacts of fish and shrimp farming, the ecological value of mangroves, marine conservation and management, and livelihood opportunities from mangroves.

Dr. Primavera is currently a researcher at the Aquaculture Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in the Philippines.  She holds a doctorate degree in marine Science from the University of the Philippines.


Visual source:  seafdec


Dr. Marcos P. Vega

Dr.Marcos P. Vega

Dr.Marcos P. Vega

Dr. Marcos P. Mega is an Educator, Scientist, and a Researchers.

“Be the best of whatever you are.”  This philosophy has guided Dr. Marcos P. Vega throughout his life.  Upon graduating with honors at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos (UPLB), he immediately joined the faculty of the State University.  It did not take long for him to earn the reputation of being one of the best faculty members in the UP College of Agriculture.

Dr. Vega left for the U.S.A in 1956 to take a master’s degree in Weed Science.  After year, be returned to UPLB and launched the university’s Weed Science Program.  He was appointed as the Director of Research in 1970.  He formulated the development strategies for the country’s rice and con program.  This greatly helped in boosting the country’s production of rice and corn.

Dr. Vega’s contributions to the study of weed science did not end there.  he gained international recognition as an expert in his field.  In 1972, he joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in Los Banos, Laguna.  He was the first Filipino to be appointed as director IRRI.  After five years, he was promoted to Deputy Director General, the second highest position in the institute.  As an IRRI administrator, he involved national scientists in strengthening and accelerating rice improvement programs in the Philippines and in other countries.


Brief Facts

I will give you a brief facts  before I continue my article. 


Badminton is the third fastest game in the world. 


The unofficial world singles champion in Badminton is an Asian – 18 year old Rudy Hartono – a high school student from East java.  Indonesia, Hartono made his debut in the 1967 Thomas Cup series against Malaysia.  He beat the Malaysia Champion Tan Aik Juang and Yew Cheng Joe in the singles.  He is the youngest player in the history of the championships to win the all-England title – which carries with it the unofficial title of a world champion.


Malaysia is the holder of the Thomas cup – symbolic of world Badminton supremacy.  Since the institution of the Thomas Cup, only two nations have won it – namely:  Malaysia from 1948 to 1955 and Indonesia from 1957 to 1964.  Malaysia won it back in 1967.  These are both Asian countries.


This is the first time that the Philippines will be host to an Asian championship in Badminton.  The ABC is composed to 17 nations.  Filipinos could very well be champions in the game.  Badminton is played in more countries than any other sports – with the possible exception of tennis.    In Indonesia, there are 10 million persons who play Badminton.  In Malaysia and Singapore, no school will be allowed to operate without a badminton court. 


The First Asian Confederation Badminton Championship was held in India.

July 2020

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