On this day 118 years ago – September 15, 1898 – Pedro Paterno, a man famous for his unwavering loyalty, gathered 135 of his friends for a prayer rally at Barsoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan. The 1890’s were a time of great religious fervor throughout the Philippines.

The prayer rally ended on November 13, 1899, and hailed by the Guiness Books of World Records as the “World’s Longest Prayer Rally”, lasting for nearly 1 year and 2 months, and went on to become one of the earliest recorded instances of “pinoy pride.”

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