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Diosdado P. Macapagal – 5th President of the 3rd Republic of the Philippines (1 of 2)

Favorite of the Mass

He became a President of the Republic of the Philippines  on December 30, 1961 until December 30, 1965.

If President Ramon Magsaysay so called “Favorite of the Mass”, President Diosdado Macapagal was called the “Champion of the Mass” because of his concern of the welfare of the poor Pilipino people.  He became the inspiration of every Pilipino to believe in their own self ability.  He proved that poverty is not a hindrance towards success.

Diosdado Macapagal was born in the province of San Nicolas, Lubao, Pampanga on September 28, 1910.  His parents are Urbano Macapagal and Romana Pangan.  His father was a farmer.  His mother, because of not attended in the school was a laundry woman as her occupation.

His family is poor but poverty  was not a hurdle for him to study and become the most influenced person in his country in his  time.    He studied his elementary in Lubao Elementary School where he was a valedictorian.  Salutatorian in high school at Mataas na Paaralan ng Pampanga.  Because of his goodness and brilliance he managed to go to college in Pamantasan ng Pilipinas.  He studied there the course in Associate in Arts and passed the Civil Service Examination.  His first job was an employee in the Department of Agriculture in 1932.

He started to study the law in the Philippine Law School in the University of Sto. Tomas.  This was where he finished his course.  He became a topnotcher in the Bar Exams in 1936. He was the only one who got this kind of recognition in the history of the university.  He continued his study and he acquired the following:  Master of Laws, Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics.  He had his own law office where he used all his knowledge.

Macapagal occupied the position in the government:  Chief of Legal Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs. Chief Negotiator in Turtle Island with Great Britain and Undersecretary in the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. that had the same position in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

His first encounter in the politics was when President Quirino encouraged him as representative in the 1st District of Pampanga in 1949.  He won again in 1953.  He was loved by the people of Pampanga not just because he was born there, but just because he was good and faithful in his duties. – New Encyclopedia Britannica

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Dr. Perey Sajise – Philippines’ Foremost Ecologist

Dr. Percy Sajise

There is someone more deserving of the Nature Boy’s title that Ric Flair, the iconic American professional wrestler we regularly see on WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).  That person is Dr. Perey Sajise.  He does not battle with muscle-bound baddies on a regular basis, but he has devoted his life to fighting ecological monsters.  For providing solutions to environmental problems like reforestation, and pollution, Dr. Sajise truly deserves being called the foremost ecologist in the Philippines.

Dr. Sajise is perhaps best known for his appointment as the Regional Director of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) for Asia, Pacific, and Oceania in January 2000.  IPGRI is a premier global group whose aim is to “Mobilized cutting-edge science to reduce hunger and poverty, improve human nutrition and health, and protect the environment.”

His areas of expertise include plant ecology, natural resource management, environment, research management, and human ecology.  A member of the prestigious World Academy of Science and Arts since 2001, Dr. Sajise has directed and managed various teams to work on upland hydroecology, community-based forest management, and in the setting up of the current school of Environmental Science and Management in UPLB.

Dr. Sajise has written and co-edited six books, and has published about 120 papers and articles.


► Dr. Percy Sajise.
► International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI).
► Ric Flair.  Htto://

Niels Henrik Abel (3 of 3)

This theorem forms the basis for the later theory of Abelian integrals and Abelian functions.  Abel was accepted with restrained civility in Paris, for his work was still unknown.  He submitted his memoir for presentation to the Academy of Sciences, hoping that it would establish his reputation; but he waited in vain.  Before leaving Paris thinking he had a persistent cold, Abel consulted a physician, who informed him he had tuberculosis.

Abel returned to Norway heavily in debt.  He subsisted by tutoring, by receiving a small grant from the university, and in 1828, by accepting a substitute teaching position.  His poverty and ill health did not decrease his production; he wrote a great number of papers, principally on equation theory and elliptic functions.  Among them are the theory of the Abelian equations with Abelian groups.  He rapidly developed the theory of elliptic functions in competition with Karl Gustav Jacobi.

By this time Abel’s fame had spread to all mathematical centers, and strong efforts were made to secure a suitable position for him by a group from the French academy, who addressed Bernadotte, the king of Norway-Sweden; Crelle worked to secure a professorship for him in Berlin.  

In the fall of 1828, Abel became seriously ill, and his condition deteriorated on a sled trip at Christmas time to visit his fiancée at Froland, where he died on April 6, 1829.  The French Academy of Science published this memoirs in 1841.

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