Balangiga Massacre
and Leyte Landing

Two spectacular events in Leyte-Samar history. Two victories in two different wars. Two legacies that contradict each other. Two contrasting lessons for the promotion of nationalism among Filipinos in particular and peace education and development in general.

This site provides a different Filipino perspective of the Balangiga Massacre and the Leyte Landing events.

LEADERS OF TWO VICTORIES. The statue of Capitan Valeriano Abanador (left), leader of the Balangiga Attack on September 28, 1901, stands tall on a pedestal fronting the municipal plaza of Balangiga, Eastern Samar. The statue of General Douglas MacArthur (right, center) simulates the Leyte Landing on October 20, 1944 at the MacArthur Memorial Park in Palo, Leyte.

Revisiting the Balangiga Conflict

The webmaster's book, The Balangiga Conflict Revisited, is now off the press. It is published by New Day Publishers in Quezon City. Should you wish to get a copy, please call up the office of New Day Publishers at (632)928-8046, (632) 927-5982, or e-mail them at Copies are also now available at National Book Store outlets all over the country.

In the U.S., copies may be ordered from Philippine Expressions Bookshop, 2114 Trudie Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca 90275-2006, Tel. (310)514-9139, Fax (310)514-3485, email:

The linked article above is the webmaster's column item about his book, published in the INQUIRER Visayas section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer on March 15, 2003.

Tiger Tales - The Philippines

BBC Radio 4 premiered on November 7, 2002 a 30-minute radio documentary on the history of Philippine-American relations using the Balangiga legacy as framework. The link connects to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) website with the promotional literatures and the on-line file of the radio broadcast. The webmaster facilitated the trip of the BBC director and presenter who covered the Balangiga anniversary last September 28, 2002.

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The cover of the"Balangiga 1901" music CD album launched at the "Balangiga Rocks!" concert at the Folk Arts Theater in Manila on July 19, 2003. The album is dedicated to the campaign to bring home the church bells of Balangiga and in honor of all freedom-loving Filipinos. It features 15 songs of Noel Cabangon, Campo Xanto, Color It Red, Fatal Posporos, The Jerks, Pan and Radioactive Sago Project. For tape, CD and songbook orders, e-mail
The webmaster's 20-inch trophy, the Grand Prize Award in the 2001 Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards.
Click here for the prize-winning article, and click here for the Inquirer news report.


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Created: September 1999