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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Birth Anniversaries

Today is the 102nd birth anniversary of President Ferdinand Marcos. He was born on Sept. 11, 1907 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.

Also remembered today week are three former political figures from the Visayas.

Today is also the birth anniversary of former speaker of the National Assembly Gil Montilla, who was born in 1876, speaker of the House of Representatives Cornelio T. Villareal of Capiz who was born in 1904, and another House speaker Daniel Romualdez of Leyte, who was born in 1907.

9/11 & Patriot Day

Today will be remembered as the tragic 9/11, which is being observed as Patriots Day in the United States.

The day honors victims and heroes of 9/11. It is marked in about 150 countries.

9/11 refers to the terrorist attacks on 11 Sept. 11, 2001, when members of the Islamist terrorist organization Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and flew them into civil and military buildings in suicide attacks.

It is marked in memory of nearly 3,000 killed in the 9/11 attacks. The day was designated by President George W. Bush as “Patriot Day”.

On this day, people are asked to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time of the first plane crash on Sept. 11, 2001.

Friday the 13th

Friday comes on the 13th day of the month this week.

Friday, the 13th, in Western civilizations, is considered by people as an unlucky day, which means that accidents and hoodoos tend to occur on that day. Those Fridays are a combination of the death day of Jesus Christ and the unlucky number 13.

It has been tried often to understand what made such a superstition about Friday the 13th develop. One explanation is that both on their own, Fridays and the number 13 had been symbolizing bad luck for a long time. That must have led to superstitious people awaiting an enormous disaster for the date when the two hoodoos would come together, a possible explanation of the event indicates.

Uncle Sam Day

Americans will observe Friday as Uncle Sam Day.

Uncle Sam (initials U.S.) is a common national personification of the American government that, according to legend, came into use during the War of 1812 and was supposedly named for Samuel Wilson, who supplied rations for the soldiers. He was born on Sept. 13, 1766.

The first use of Uncle Sam in literature was in the 1816 allegorical book “The Adventures of Uncle Sam in Search After His Lost Honor”.

Fortune Cookie Day

Friday will also be marked as Fortune Cookie Day.

A fortune cookie is a crisp cookie usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and sesame seed oil with a “fortune” message wrapped inside. A “fortune” is a piece of paper with words of wisdom or a vague prophecy. The message inside may also include a Chinese phrase with translation or a list of lucky numbers used by some as lottery numbers, some of which have become actual winning numbers.

Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants.

Positive Thinking Day

Another event on Friday is Positive Thinking Day.

On this day, people are supposed not to lose hope over things.

The day was introduced in 2003 by an American entrepreneur to celebrate the benefits of positive thinking by starting the day with a good thought.

A good thought has lasting values, promoters of the event say.

Optimists, or those with as positive thought, are said to be healthier and with a high sense of well-being.*

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