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Why Quirino’s death anniv won’t be observed on Feb 28

Rappler.com
Former President Elpidio Quirino's death anniversary is usually commemorated every February 28th. But not this 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Elpidio Quirino’s death anniversary is usually commemorated every February 28th.

But not this 2012.

Being a leap year — with a 29th day added in the month of February — passing of the Philippines’ 6th president will be observed on the actual day.

President Quirino died of a heart attack on February 29, 1956 in his home in Novaliches, Quezon City where he retired after his political career.

The former senator from Vigan Ilocos Sur assumed the presidency in April 1948, serving for around 20 months, or the remainder of the term of former President Manuel Roxas who died that year.

He was elected to the same position in December 1949 under the Liberal Party ticket. His 4-year term, which ended in 1953, was noted for post-war reconstruction efforts, increased economic aid from the United States, and growing challenge posed by the rebels Hukbalahaps who ransacked towns and barrios.

Another president who also died on a Leap Day is Pehr Evind Svinhufvud of Finland. He died on February 29, 1944. – Rappler.com

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