Balangiga Shrine (Plaza)
September 28, 1901 Death TollWe came in the town 5 minutes past eleven in the morning and we were almost stepping on our shadows that day, obviously it was a better time to take shelter from the scorching sun and humidity. For local folks, it was an ideal time for lunch but we just came from a 'merienda' and we were accustomed to a late lunch, given the target area for our lunch was the next town of Giporlos. It was our fist time to come in that town but strangely I already felt the nostalgia. It felt like I've been in that place before. In my head I recalled the memories of actual stories, photographs, and newspaper reportage from that sad and eventful day of September 28, 1901.
After seeing the shrine markers and taking photographs, the faces of my companions transformed from confusion to enlightenment and reverence. They understood why we have to stop over. Our forefathers bravely fought for freedom in that town.
New York Journal - May 5,1902
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