DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 30, 2020) – In Issue 138 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps there is a Cincinnati connection to the Philippines “National Hero”


Today is Rizal Day.  It has been recognized as a day of mourning and celebrations in the Philippines since 1898, in recognition of the execution of Jose Rizal two years prior by the occupying Spanish. 

Soon after that the US took over the Philippines as an outcome of the Spanish-American War.  The new Governor-General, Cincinnati’s William Howard Taft, declared Rizal as a national hero in 1901.

Taft also served as Governor of Cuba, Secretary of War, US President and US Chief Justice.  He was the only person so far to hold both last two positions.

Today’s edition of Steve Kovacs’ Fun with Maps is the Final Edition of 2020. Fun With Maps will return as a regular daily feature Monday, January 4, 2021. FWM wishes you all  a safe New Year’s Eve and a Healthier and Prosperous Happy New Year in 2021.

Here is a whimsical pictorial map of the Philippine islands from 1938 by Ruth Taylor White.

Philippines Map – 1938 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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