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Archive of posts published in the category: The Philippines and America

The Balangiga Massacre: a hero tale, a tragedy, and a tantalizing unsolved mystery

Reposted from MichaelDSellers.com For Americans in 1901, the Balangiga Massacre in the Philippines was the 9/11 attack of its day — a shattering, out-of-the-blue assault (or so it was initially reported) on an unsuspecting U.S. Army unit that was “peacefully occupying” the port town…

Remembering my true friend Rufo Balicas

Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com One of the great icons of Philippine film-making and a true friend of mine has died. Rufo Balicas is gone. Every time I hear some contrarian talk about how Facebook seems to be a waste of time I find myself…

A warrior-poet who honored his enemy, fallen and forgotten in Mindanao in 1913, remembered a century after his death

Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com Those fallen in battle on either side of a conflict always have a story, and most of those stories are quickly lost and soon forgotten.  One story worth remembering of a hero who understood and honored his enemy is that of…

John Sayles’ Philippine-American War Drama “Amigo” is Finally in US Theaters: Will this finally put the Fil-Am war on the map in the US consciousness?

Reprinted from MichaelDSellers.com “At the turn of the 19th Century, the United States declared war on Spain. This conflict brought them to another nation, halfway around the world, where they decided to stay. PHILIPPINES 1900″  Thus starts the trailer for John Sayles latest…

Eleven Years Ago Today I Got One Thing Fantastically Right

When you live a life that involves striving for achievement, there is a danger that you neglect family and end up being so obsessed with your “quest” that you miss out on what are truly the most important things in life.  I am…