Hill 191

Hill 191

Ka Ending (Loreto V. Bihasa) is the only Balerian I know whose life story was turned into a movie. He was a soldier of the Philippine Batallion Combat Team that was sent to Korea in the 1950’s. He became a famous local hero because of his exploits in Hill 191, a battleground in Chorwon, Korea. When the place was attacked by the invading Chinese forces, Ka Ending was the only soldier who survived. After the war, a movie titled “Hill 191” starring Vic Vargas as Sgt. Loreto Bihasa was made.

Hill 191

Other actors in the film were Johnny Delgado, Edgar Salcedo and Lisa Lorena. You can click the picture above to view a bigger picture of the movie poster. I saw the picture in a cabinet at Museo De Baler.

I tried searching the internet for information about Hill 191 but there are few information about it. The only close hits are this, and this – both about the Battle of Hill Eerie, near Hill 191. Anyone out there who knows the story? Just give me a holler.

About kidlat

Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

26 thoughts on “Hill 191”

  1. that is tata ending everyone’s hero and our hero too! Him and nana pacing took care of us here in the US. we love and miss them so much.

  2. Last time i heard he is ok but undergoing some medical treatment according to his daughter Dra. Myrna Bumatay. Get well soon Tata Ending!

  3. lolo ko din yan!!!! hehehe… andito pa nga siya sa makati eh… kasama nmin… ok lang nmn xa… bumubuti n ang kanyang pakiramdam sa ngaun… kaya magpagaling ka tata ending!!! hehehe…

  4. his still kicking every where in makati!!! (^_^) hohohohohoho….
    and his still very alive in the makati.
    kya tata ending magpaggaling k n kung may sakit k diyan .. ok
    mag reply k lolo plss.

  5. hey.. he is our lolo…we miss our tatay and nanay so much… we love you and we will visit you soon!!!.. love justin francis and kambal

  6. I am so proud i had the chance to know daddy bihasa…by the way i am one of the trainee in the hemodialysis unit of Veterans MMC… Astig ka daddy!!! take good care of yourself!! sana lagi kayo magkasabay ni daddy Ramoso (Jeprox!hehe!) magpadialysis lage para may kakulitan kami sa RDU…God Bless

  7. ito po ay pagbibigay impormasyon na si ka ending bihasa ay pumanaw na po.
    kahapon ika 14 ng agosto ng umaga sa sa veterans memorial medical centre. siya po ay iuuwi sa sabado at ibuburol sa kanyang tahanan sa bonifacio extension. d pa po kumpirmado kung kelan siya ililibing. basta ang sigurado pa lang ay ililbing siya sa kanyang sariling bakuran. matatandaan po natin na siya ay isang mabuting mamamayan, ama , bayani, at ang LITTLE SERGEANT OF THE CROSS

  8. Eleanor P. Flores now presently as Eleanor F. Guillermo in behalf of my family. We would like to extend our condolences.

    Tata Ending! you are always be love and remain in our heart. We will surely miss you.

  9. I knew him. hH is my classmate’s grandfather.
    I never knew about his life.
    But as I read this, I got an idea about him.
    And I was inspired cause I never heard about this.
    Now I know how my classmate yet a friend loves his grandfather that made him cry in our classsroom.
    When I become a journalist, I will write sothing about him more.☺

  10. I am not a Balerian [I’m Bicolano], but I had the fortune of meeting this legendary man sometime in 1984. I am trying to search the Internet for info on Hill 191 and I came accross this site. I am deeply saddened to learn of his demise and I am extending, though belated, my condolences to his family and friends. His memory will live on and his gallantry epitomized the Filipino fighting men.

  11. bago sumakabilang buhay ang minamahal kong tiyuhin ako ang lagi nyang hinahanap subalit sa di sinasadyang pangyayari…nasa operation ako at ang nga tropa kayat ni hindi ko man lang sya nakita bago sya pumanaw….ka ending alam ko pong nagtampo kau sakin subalit huli napo ang lahat ng ako ay makababa ng kabundukan sana po ay maunawaan nyo ako….mahal ka namin ka ending san ka naroroon ngaun….

  12. I ipinag mamalaki ko talaga na koy batang baler pero. bkit nga ba dko naicp na mag pa pic kay tata ending nung buhay pa.hahaha mbuhay mga taga baler at Aurora.

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