Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Today in Philippine History July 26

On July 26, 1969, United States President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon arrived in Manila for a state visit, the same day Gloria Diaz left for New York en route to Manila via Honolulu for her homecoming after winning the Miss Universe pageant.

It was President Nixon who said: "The US conquered the moon but the Philippines has conquered the universe," as Ms. Gloria Diaz won Miss Universe pageant on July 19, 1969, the same day the first man (astronaut Neil Armstrong) landed on the moon.

Díaz was only 18 when then she was crowned Miss Universe after outshining - and outsmarting - other candidates on the question on how to welcome the first men that had just landed on the moon, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins, as soon as they return to planet Earth.

The final question was: "If the man from the moon should come down to earth and visit your hometown, what would you do to entertain him?" Gloria’s winning answer was: "Why, I guess I would do for him what I always do. Since he has been on the moon for so long, he would want a change."

Also on this same day in 1762, Diego Cerra del Carmen , famous recollect friar who constructed the famous Las Pinas Bamboo Organ, was born in Ville de Graus, Spain.

Philippine News Agency

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