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During the time of the Spanish-American War, the commandant of a Spanish detachment in Baler, in the Philippines, realizes that the native people of his district are planning an insurrection. He orders his troops to entrench in the village church. During their stay, which is prolonged for nearly a year, there are several incidents which show the tenacity and heroism of the Spanish. Written by
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The film tells a historical fact during the war of independence of the Philippine Islands that happened in the following manner: On 27 June 1898, Begins the uprising in the area covering the military command in Baler, located in what was province of Nueva Ecija, comprised part of the east coast of the island of Luzón. The smuggling of arms to the insurrection in those beaches provoked, the Military Commander Captain D. Antonio Lopez Irizarri, requested reinforcements, since the garrison normal Baler, were a cape and four civil guards. Fruit of those efforts was the arrival of 50 men in command of Lt. Jose Mota. But a night, on the occasion of the declaration of war between U.S. and Spain, being neglected the surveillance, was attacked and destroyed the detachment. In view of this, after a few months, arriving in Baler in steam "Company of the Philippines", the Master of Infantry Enrique de Las Morenas and Lieutenants Juan Alfonso Zayas and Saturnino Martin Cerezo, as well as Lieutenant doctor provisional, Rogelio Vigil of Quiñones and Alfaro, with a nursing 10 beds. Furthermore, it was returned to their destination the parish priest of the people, Fray Cándido Gomez Carreno, who had been prisoner of the dominant, and those who said he would go to convince the Spanish soldiers that rendered. The detachment consisted of 55 men belonging to the Battalion of Hunters no. 2. When they start the fighting, are so many adversaries, which makes it almost impossible confrontation. In this situation, the captain de Las Morenas, agrees refuge with his troops in the church of the people, building stronger construction, where stored food and ammunition, and opened a pit, which initially gave result. It is then that starts the final Site, which meant that the Spain. All this history, was taken to the movies with this great film, directed by Antonio Román and premiered in 1945. . The story part of a radio script of Enrique Llovet and another of Enrique Alfonso Barcones and Rafael Sanchez Campoy. In the film highlights the interpretations of secondary very famous as Fernando Rey, Tony Leblanc, Manolo Morán., Juan Calvo... Nani Fernandez "Tala" made famous the song "Yo te diré", which has been in memory of an entire generation of spaniards identified with the value heroic of "the last of the Philippines". Good photography in black and white of Heinrich Gärtner and very good playing the interiors. It is a movie that produces emotion to see the capacity of suffering that took those good soldiers. A movie that is to see.
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