Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 28 No. 43, February 15, 2005
On the front cover: Keanu Reeves
On the back cover: Shaina Magdayao for the Cream Silk Conditioners print ad
Events that happened on February 15:

1889 – The La Solidaridad which served as the organ of the Propagandist Movement, founded by Graciani Lopez Jaena, published its first issue.
1892 – Jose Rizal became a Master Mason of Le Grand Orient France.
1935 – The Philippine Constitution was signed and ratified.
1948 – The Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), a national organization of painters, sculptors and other visual artists, was established under the leadership of Purita Kalaw-Ledesma.
1969 – Rene Barrientos became the World Junior Lightweight boxing champion after defeating Ruben Navarro of the U.S. in a 15-round fight. 
1986 – Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos and Senator Arturo Tolentino was proclaimed winner of the Snap Election for president and vice-president, respectively, by the Batasang Pambansa.

President Ferdinand Marcos and Senator Arturo Tolentino,
proclaimed in winner the 1986 Snap Election.

Personalities and celebrities born on February 15:
1882 – Faustino Aguilar, novelist, journalist, editor and labor leader – in Malate, Manila. (d. July 24, 1955)
1888 – Victor Buencamino, first recognized Filipino veterinarian and first Filipino director of the Bureau of Animal Husbandry – in Tondo, Manila. (d. January 1, 1977)
1895 – Jovita Fuentes, opera singer and National Artist for Music (1976) – in Capiz. (d. August 7, 1979)

Jovita Fuentes
on the face of Philippine postage stamp,
“Decade of Filipino Nationalism”
(Great Filipinos VII series)
first issued June 1, 1995.

1982 – James Carlos Yap Sr, basketball player known as “King James” and PBA-MVP (2006, 2010) – in Escalante City, Negros Occidental.
James Yap
on the cover of Yes ! (December 2010).

Portrait of Theda Bara on the cover of
Picture-Play Magazine (February 15, 1916).
Picture Trivia

          Theda Bara (real name Theodosia Goodman, 1890-1955) was a renown actress in the silent movie better known by the sobriquet “The Vamp” connotative of a “sexually predatory woman.” Her screen name, according to The Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats, was given by film director Frank Powell.
          In the promotion of the film Cleopatra (1917), Fox Studio said that the name Theda Bara is the anagram of “Arab Death.” But this was taken from a misinformation released by Bara’s press agent that she was the daughter of an Arab sheik and s French woman, and was born in the Sahara Desert. In truth, Bara was born in Avondale, Cincinnatina, Ohio. Her father is Bernard Goodman, a Jewish tailor from Poland and her mother is Pauline Louise de Coppett from Switzerland. In 1917, the Goodman family formally changed their surname to Bara.
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