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Nov. 11 to Nov. 17

Nov. 11, 2011

The Puerto Princesa Un­der­ground River was named among the world’s new seven won­ders of na­ture in a global poll or­ga­nized by Swiss-based New7Won­ders Foun­da­tion. The 8.2-kilo­me­ter river winds through a com­plex cave sys­tem be­fore flowing di­rectly into the sea. It fea­tures cathe­dral-like cav­erns, sta­lac­tites and sta­lag­mites. In July 2014, then Pres­i­dent Benigno Aquino III signed a procla­ma­tion declar­ing Nov. 11 of every year Puerto Princesa Un­der­ground River Day. The other six named as the world’s nat­u­ral won­ders were Ar­gentina’s Iguazu Falls, South Korea’s Jeju Is­land, In­done­sia’s Ko­modo Is­land, Viet­nam’s Ha­long Bay, South Amer­ica’s Ama­zon rain for­est and South Africa’s Ta­ble Moun­tain.

Nov. 17, 1898

A pro­vi­sional rev­o­lu­tion­ary govern­ment of the Visayas was or­ga­nized in Santa Bar­bara town af­ter Ilonggo rebel forces lib­er­ated the province of Iloilo, ex­cept Iloilo City and the towns of Jaro, La Paz and Molo. Roque Lopez was elected pres­i­dent. Af­ter hear­ing a thanks­giv­ing Mass, the rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies raised the Philip­pine flag and cried, “Viva Filip­inas! Fuera Es­paña! Viva in­de­pen­den­cia! (Long live the Philip­pines! Down­with Spain! Long live in­de­pen­dence!), which be­came known as the Cry of Santa Bar­bara, the procla­ma­tion that sparked the fire of revo­lu­tion in the Visayas and Mindanao.

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