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The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)

During the 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo R. Duterte asked the United States of America to return the Bells of Balangiga. It might be helpful to give a short introduction about the Bells of Balangiga for the benefit of those who have no idea about the subject. Not so long ago, from 1899 to 1902, the Philippines was at war with the United States of America. The Philippines became the colony of the US. On 28 September 1901, Filipino guerrillas, who resisted the repression of the foreign occupiers, attacked US troops in the town of Balangiga, Samar. Around 48 US soldiers and 28 Filipinos died. In retaliation, US General Jacob Smith gave the following order: “I want no prisoners. I wish you to kill and burn; the more you kill and burn, the better it will please me. The interior of Samar must be made a howling wilderness.” The General ordered the killing of everyone capable of bearing arms, including boys above 10 years of age. The Balangiga Massacre followed. Filipino historians placed the death toll of Filipinos, in Samar alone arising from the Balangiga incident, at around 50,000. The three church bells of Balangiga were taken by US troops as war trophies. There is a movement for the return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines. Watch this short video (9:11 minutes): Continue reading The Bells of Balangiga: A Short Documentary (Watch Video)

Photo of the Day: Post Office

There are those who believe that the traditional mailing system, also called snail mail, is going to eventually die out with the increased use of electronic mail or email. It’s just a matter of time, they say. When that time comes, the Manila Central Post Office will retain one important purpose — an important architectural marker. It was designed by Juan M. Arellano and is part of the Manila masterplan by Daniel Burnham, the same planner for Baguio City for which the Burnham Park is named. Built in the early 1900s, it was severely damaged when the Americans bombarded Manila to retake the city after the Japanese invasion. It was reconstructed after the war. While some say it was not fully reconstructed to its former glory, it is still beautiful. Here’s a shot from a differen perspective on that beautiful Philippine architecture, courtesy of Eric Jones (photos_by_eric_j). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Post Office