SKULLS & BONES OF U.S. ARMY MIAs?
WHILE SUPER TYPHOON “YOLANDA” (HAYAN) was devastating Balangiga, Eastern Samar in 2013, it also exhumed skulls and bones beside the Balangiga Church which was dug up as a mass grave of the remains of both U.S. Army men and attacking Filipino natives on Sept. 28, 1901 who were killed in a battle called “Massacre” or “Encounter. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
KRAG RIFLES & SET OF TEETH:
FORMER BALANGIGA MAYOR VISCUSO S. DE LIRA and Balangiga Municipal Tourism Officer Contessa Maria “Maricar” A. Amano show this reporter what looked like rusty parts of Springfield Model 1892-99 Krag, the standard of United States Army military longarm at the time, and a set of teeth are shown in this photo. (JGL Exclusive photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
THESE DIGGINGS BESIDE the Balangiga Church were the handiworks of supertyphoon Yolanda (Hayan) that exhumed bones, skulls and Krag rifles and other turn-on-the century artifacts that could be traced from garrison of Company C of the 9th U.S. Army Infantry 48 of the 74 of its officers and enlisted men were hacked to death by an unwelcoming Balangiga, Eastern Samar villagers, who just repulsed Spanish colonizers two years earlier. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
DAUGHTER OF MASSACRE SURVIVOR:
MS. JEAN GAMLIN WALL, the daughter of one of the survivors of the Balangiga Massacre/Encounter, has visited Balangiga twice. She could not believe the three Balangiga bells have been returned to Balangiga. She is shown in this photo with reporter Joseph G. Lariosa. (JGL Photo)
MEMBERS OF “C” COMPANY OF THE U.S. 9th INFANTRY:
THESE ARE THE MEMBERS of the “C” Company of the U.S. Army 9th Infantry sometime in July 1901 in Madison Barracks, Sachkets Harbor, New York a few weeks before they were shipped to Manila, Philippines for their war service. Some 48 of the 74 members did not make it back to the United States when they were hacked to death by Independence-loving natives of Balangiga, Eastern Samar who felt territorial as they considered their village like their “home is our castle.” (Photo courtesy of retired U.S. Navy Capt. Dennis Wright)
BALANGIGA, EASTERN SAMAR Chief of Police Valeriano Abanador, who lead the attack on the garrison of the headquarters of Company C of the 9th U.S. Army Infantry, is shown according to the caption in this photo exhibit at the Balangiga Museum as “standing with arms folded across his chest (sixth from right)” joins elements of the Company C in this group photo opportunity six weeks before launching the Massacre/Encounter on Sept. 28, 1901. (Balangiga Museum photo)
THIS MONUMENT OF BALANGIGA, Eastern Samar Chief of Police Valeriano Abanador in the plaza between Balangiga town hall and the scene of the attack must have been inspired by the massive monument of Andres Bonifacio in Caloocan City where the Philippine national hero declared his open break with the Spanish colonizers two years earlier. At right is former Balangiga Mayor Viscuso S. de Lira and journalist Joseph G. Lariosa. (JGL Photo)
DRAMATIZING THE MASSACRE:
THIS MODERN BALANGIGA CHURCH, St. Lawrence Deacon & Martyr, according to former Balangiga Mayor Viscuso S. de Lira was the same church where Balangiga, Eastern Samar natives some of them cross-dressing as women pretended to be joining a funeral procession toward the church but a U.S. Army sentry who challenged them to open the coffin had to step back when natives screamed that the cause of death was “cholera, cholera,” a death-causing disease prevalent during that era. As soon as they entered the church, the remains-vacant coffin was emptied of boloes, spears, bows and arrows and other weapons. The natives stayed inside the church overnight before launching the attack followed by pealing of the bells as the signal of attack. Although U.S. sentry, Pvt. Adolph Gamlin noticed that women and children were leaving the village and told his superiors about the phenomenon, the warning signs were ignored. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
BALANGIGA MASSACRE LIST:
HERE ARE THE NAMES dead, the wounded and unscathed U.S. Army officers and enlisted men and Filipino guerrilla natives. (JGL Photo)
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A scenic drive to Malagos, Calinan and a visit to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City await those who will join the July 11-16, 2017 guided 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of Manila and Davao City in the Philippines.
This was jointly announced by the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D. C. who also said that deadline for registration for those interested who will join will be next Tuesday, May 30.
Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge said it is possible that when the tour will visit Davao City, tour participants may be able to pay a call on President Rody Duterte if the President were in Davao City during the tour. Please watch the video clip below.
9341 - Ms. Zeny Pallugna presents the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour itinerary, rates, and packages to DC community, encourages the audience to promote Philippine tourism and economic development. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.) There is also a tentative dinner to be hosted by the President’s daughter, City Davao Mayor Sarah “Inday” Duterte. (Photo by Philippine Embassy)
Consul Mel P. Lalunio, Jr. said participants may reconnect with their Filipino roots through an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.
This year’s tour will visit Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States.
WITH CHARGE D’ AFFAIRES:
Ms. Zeny Pallugna (3rd from left) of PDOT-NY conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 15 May 2017. Joining her in the photo are (from left) Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Ann Artates, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, Travel Wise representatives Marielle and Max Kabin, and Mr. Nelson Garcia. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.)
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Philippine Department of Tourism office in New York (PDOT-NY) conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour on 15 May 2017 at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall, underscoring the Tour’s unique characteristics and its significance to the overall cultural and tourism promotion strategy of the country.
“The 11th Ambassadors’ Tour will give participants the opportunity to visit Davao, an exciting, emerging tourism destination in the Philippines, within an affordable package that also includes Manila, the capital city of fun,” said Zeny Pallugna, Officer-in-Charge of PDOT-NY.
CONSUL MELCHOR P. LALUNIO, Jr. makes a pitch to invite members and friends of the Filipino community to join the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines July 11-16, 2017 in Manila and Davao City. Deadline for registration is next Tuesday, May 30. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Ms. Pallugna also highlighted the post-basic tour packages featuring other emerging destinations Cagayan De Oro-Camiguin and Dumaguete-Siquijor. She urged audience members to participate in the Tour and take a more active role in promoting Philippine tourism.
“If you visit the Philippines, or get even just one person to visit, that will create employment for one Filipino,” Ms. Pallugna told the audience.
Mr. Patrick Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy also pitched for the Tour, saying that “This year, the tour for Filipino-Americans has been re-branded to shift the focus to the participants who are envisioned to become ‘Philippine Ambassadors in their own right’ after spending their summer holiday in the Philippines. The 11th Ambassador’s Tour features key destinations in Manila and the King City of the South—Davao. It promises to be another fun-filled outing, and in keeping with its tradition of providing a unique and memorable experience, the Ambassador’s Tour offers VIP treatment, guided tours, and world-class accommodations.”
“I strongly encourage every one of you to consider joining the 11th Ambassador’s Tour and spreading the word to your networks. Doing so will contribute to the sustained and inclusive economic development of the Philippines. Your support will go a long way in empowering the local communities in Manila and Davao, and cultivating good will between the people of the Philippines and the United States,” he concluded.
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