Mr. Bryan Alvarez pointed me to this Inquirer article about Los Ultimos de Filipinas, an old Spanish film about the Siege of Baler from the Spanish pesrpective. The film was screened yesterday at Greenbelt 3. The article is also a review of the 1945 movie.
Recently resurrected from the archives, the 1945 Spanish film, â€œLos Ultimos de Filipinasâ€ (â€œThe Last Ones in the Philippinesâ€; showing tonight at 7, Cinema 2 of Greenbelt 3), has attracted much interest in film and history circles since it depicts the siege of Baler, an incident in the Philippine-Spanish war that seems to have been lost in the annals of Philippine history probably because of the shortsightedness of Philippine historiography and the notorious inaccuracy and myopia of our history textbooks. The lapse is surprising, considering the battle was won by the Filipinos.
The film can be viewed at Google video if you’re interested. See my previous post about it.
Personally, I would like an account of this historic event from the Filipino point of view. The history from the Spanish side is very detailed including the names and accounts of all the Spanish soldiers involved in the standoff. However, few Filipino names are credited and accounted for in this event.
Update: Belinda Olivares-Cunanan from the Inquirer wrote a few paragraphs about the film, read here.
The hearty applause from the predominantly Filipino audience showed that people revel in the nobility of action and purpose regardless of race. Congratulations to Instituto Cervantes director Pepe Rodriguez, who has been aggressive in promoting Spanish culture here. I suggest that the Spanish government try to market this plot to Hollywood for a remake, in the tradition of celebrated historic last stands, such as that of Texans and famed frontiersmen against attacking Mexicans at the Alamo in Texas or the tiny band of British troops defending a hospital against thousands of Zulu tribesmen in Rourke’s Drift, South Africa, or the Israelites’ last stand at Masada.
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