|January issues of different magazines|
January 23 (1984): Sports World Vol. XI No. 50On the Cover: Starlet Pepsi Paloma
January 23 in Philippine History
1899 – Inauguration of the First Philippine Republic (also the first republic in Asia) at Malolos, Bulacan, with General Emilio Aguinaldo as president.
1942 – Genereal Masaharu Homma, commender of the Japanese Imperial Army that occupied Manila, appointed Jorge B. Vargas as chairman of the Executive Commission, which will serve as a conduit of the Japanese military administration’s policies and requirements. The members included Benigno S. Aquino Sr, Interior; Jose P. Laurel, Justice; Antonio delas Alas, Finance; Rafael Alunan, Agriculture and Commerce; Claro M. Recto, Education, Health and Public Welfare; Quintin Paredes, Public Works and Communications.
1982 – Inauguration of the Lung Center of the Philippines, the most modern hospital for lungs and related diseases in Southeast Asia at the time.
2011 – Danica Flores Magpantay, a 17-year-old student from the University of the Philippines was named 2011 Ford “Supermodel of the World.”
Pinoy personalities and celebrities born on January 23:
1957 – Greggy Liwag (full name Gregorio Liwag Jr), actor.
1963 – Jinggoy Estrada (birth name Jose Pimentel Ejercito Jr.), film actor, city mayor and senator – in San Juan, Metro Manila.
Enter the Water Dragon
In the Chinese calendar, January 23, 2012 is the start of Chinese New Year, the reign of the Water Dragon that will last until February 9, 2013.
Dragon people, those born in the year 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928, and so on, within the specific lunar year, are said to be self-assured, full of vitality and often successful in their chosen fields. They are characteristically proud and quick-tempered. Among the well-known Filipino Dragons include Graciano Lopez-Jaena (propagandist and first editor of La Solidaridad), Felipe Calderon (Author of the Malolos Constitution), Teresa Magbanua (Visayan revolutionary leader), Fernando Amorsolo (First National Artist), and Leandro V. Locsin (National Artist for Architecture). Actress Amalia Fuentes, comedians Apeng Daldal (Serafin M. Gabriel) and Chiquito (Augusto V. Pangan), and the “King of Philippine Comedy” himself, Dolphy (Rodolfo V. Quizon) are also born in a Dragon year.
In the international scene, Nobel laureate and DNA structure co-discoverer Francis Crick, psychologist Joyce Brothers, TV journalist Ted Koppel, and former World Bank top man Robert S. McNamara, are all Dragon born.
Among the Hollywood greats that were born on the Year of the Dragon are Glenn Ford, Kirk Douglas, Shirley Temple, Martin Landau, Peter Fonda, Bernardo Bertolucci, James Caan, Al Pacino, Patrick Stewart, Raquel Welch, Isabella Rossellini, Liam Neeson and the late Christopher Reeve. Those of more recent times include Russell Crowe, Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Calista Flockhart, Teri Hatcher, Freddie Prinze Jr, Reese Witherspoon, Alicia Silverstone, and Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint. Singers Tom Jones and Dionne Warwick also belong to the same zodiac group.
The Dragon people also include noted novelist Peter Benchley (Jaws), Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code), Mary Stewart (The Merlin Chronicles), and Maya Angelous (I Know Why Caged Bird Sings).
It is also an interesting fact that there are more babies born on Dragon years than in any other animal years. Chinese and many Asians believe that babies born under the sign of the Dragon are lucky. In the Philippines, Filipino-Chinese take the celebration of the Chinese New Year very attentively. You can see the most elaborate dragon and lion dancing in Manila’s Chinatown district.
Now, how do you say “Happy New Year” in Chinese? In depends on the dialect: Xin nyan kuai le! (Mandarin), Sin ni khoai le (Fukien), Xhlin nen fai lok (Taishanese), San nin fai lok (Cantonese).
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Ang “Juan Tamban” ni Virgilio Redondo
Virgilio P. Redondo’s “Juan Tamban”
(illustrated by Alfredo P. Alcala) on the
cover of Espesyal Komiks No. 0086,
January 23, 1956
Supermodels and beauty queens Lou Bunyi,
Patty Betita, Marilen Espino and Mellany Carlos
on the cover of Celebrity World Magazine Vol. 4
No. 181, January 23, 1995.
Ano ang pagkakaiba ng “model,” “top model” at “supermodel?”