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Balangiga Massacre is an incident which occurred on September 28, 1901. Residents of Balangiga killed the American soldiers in an unforeseen attack using only their swords (tabak). The locals surprised the American troops at their breakfast table with an outraging attack using their bolos in retaliation for the destruction or confiscation of their food stocks, and their mission to free their fellowmen who had been held for forced labor and detained for days starving in congested conditions.

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Teks is a popular Filipino card game played by children. The cards used in the game (called teks) are very small, about a quarter of the size of regular playing cards. The game relies heavily on betting which side will come up, and is decided by flicking the teks in the air. Some players slap the cards against each other in a high five for added effect. Players usually favor a specific card to use as the card they'll flip while all the other cards are basically act as betting currency. Children have devised numerous ways to affect the outcome of the flip. Some fold the card a certain way while some use the cards most softened by age.

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  • September 21, 1891 – The Sultan and Datus of Buluong, Cotabato informed the Spanish of their willingness to acknowledge the Spanish rule.
  • September 21, 1896Tomas Remigio, one of the finest playwrights during the American Colonial period, was arrested for revolutionary activities. He was the secretary of "Mayon", which was a branch of La Liga Filipina. While in prison, he was tortured for refusing to reveal the whereabouts of the revolutionary funds. He was exiled for twenty years in Barcelona and Cartagena, Spain. He was given an early release by the Spaniards and returned toManila in 1899.
  • September 21, 1900 – Filipino freedom-fighter Faustin Pantua wrote about American brutality that resulted from the latter's defeat at the Battle of Mabitac, where there were 180 American casualties compared to only five Filipino casualties. According to Pantua, when the Americans learned the death of Lt. Col. Fidel Angeles in the Mabitac Battle, they clothed a person they have held captive for years to make him look like a Filipino colonel and killed him in the town of Baybay to make it appear that the Mabitac defenders fell into their hands.
  • September 21, 1949 – Head of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Carlos P. Romulo was elected President of the fourth General Assembly.

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Ferdinand Edralin Marcos was the tenth (10th) President of the Republic of the Philippines and the only president to stay in office for more than twenty years (1965 to 1986). On September 21, 1972, he placed the Philippines under Martial Law, suspending the civil rights and imposing military authority. Congress was also abolished. It was declared to suppress increasing civil strife and the threat of communist takeover following a series of bombings in Manila. The declaration of martial law was initially well-received by some segment of the people but became unpopular as excesses and human rights abuses by the military emerged. Torture was used in extracting information from their enemies.

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