Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15

Tagalog Klasiks Blg. 227, Marso 15, 1958
Nasa taklob-pahina ang likha ni Rico Bello Omagap na “Fantasia"
na iginuhit ni Jose C. Caluag.
Isa sa mga lumang dibuho ni Francisco V. Coching para sa Halakhak Komiks Blg. 9
na lumabas sa sirkulasyon noong Marso 15, 1947.

Events that happened on March 15:
1646 – Battle of La Naval de Manila. Combined Spanish and Filipino forces defended Manila against Dutch naval attack.
1872 – Spanish Governor-General Rafael de Izquierdo established the Telegraph Practical School in the Philippines.
1941 – First flight of Asia’s first airline, the Philippine Airline (PAL), from Nielson Field in Makati to Baguio City, using a Beechcraft Model 18 NPC-54 and flown by pilot Paul Gunn.
2008 – Manny Pacquiao won via split decision against Juan Manuel Marquez in the fight dubbed “Unfinished Business,” to become the WBC Superfeatherweight champion and the first Asian  four-division world boxing champion.

Personalities and celebrities born on March 15:
1818 – Mariano Alvarez, revolutionary leader and politician – in Noveleta, Cavite (d. August 25, 1924).
1890 – Patricio Dionisio, Bulacan journalist, labor leader and founder of Tangulan, a secret organization of workers and peasants – San Agustin, Hagonoy Bulacan.
1963 – Marilou Arguelles Bendigo, actress, model and 1981 Mutya ng Pilipinas winner – in Davao del Sur.
1989 – Maggie Wilson (full name Margaret Nales Wilson), British-Filipino beauty queen, actress and model – in Bacolod City.
Maggie Wilson
on the cover of FHM Philippines 9th Anniversary issue (March 2009)
and Style Weekend (with Victor Consunji, February 11, 2011).

Boris Karloff on the cover of Life (March 15, 1968),
on the occasion of the 150th anniversary
of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.
          The novel Frankenstein (full title Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus) was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) about a creature made through unusual scientific experiments. It was written when Shelley was only 18 years old as a response to a challenge by her friends (including her future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley) on who could write the most frightening horror story. The story was derived from Shelley’s dream about a scientist who was able to “create life” but afterwards was horrified of his creation. The name of the scientist was Dr. Frankenstein.
          The first edition of Frankenstein published in London in 1818 does not contained the author’s name. Shelley’s name appeared on the second edition, which came out in France in 1923. It is considered as one of the first science fiction novels in literary history.
          Do you know that many people mistakes Frankenstein as the monster? The title name is the scientist who created the monster. In the original story, the monster had no name.
          It was actor Boris Karloff who made the Frankenstein’s monster famous in the movies. He portrayed the monster in three films: Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). Contrary to popular belief, however, Karloff was not the first actor to play the role, but Charles Ogle in the 1910 version of Frankenstein.
          Boris Karloff also played the role of the scientist in two films: House of Frankenstein (1944) at Frankenstein 1970 (1958). On the 150 anniversary of Frankenstein, Karloff appeared on the cover of Life magazine (March 15, 1968) at the age of 80 years old (SEE cover page). 
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