It is encouraging that AGI, a local Baguio band, decided to pay tribute to our elders who fought the good fight during World War II. It is not often that we hear of the heroism of the Igorot soldier, described by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as “those gallant Igorots” (see below), so it’s good that Agi made this tribute video. WARNING: Some depiction of violence.
Here’s a report from Time Magazine about the heroism of Igorot soldiers and the critical role they played in keeping freedom alive:
This War Department communique last week, like so many of its predecessors, was 100% terse pessimism. Douglas Mac-Arthur and his battle-weary, outnumbered troops were still holding Bataan Peninsula and Manila Bay’s five defensive forts. But their collapse under ever-increasing enemy weight and ferocity seemed imminent as never before.
There were bright spots in the picture, however. In his weekend communique Douglas MacArthur included the dramatic story of non-Christian Igorot native tribesmen who, in an offensive over rough, matted terrain, mounted U.S. tanks like so many half-nude jockeys to direct American drivers inside. “When the attack was over,” said the General, “the remnants of the tanks and of the Igorots were still there, but the 20th Japanese Infantry Regiment was completely annihilated. . . . When you tell that story, stand in tribute to those gallant Igorots.” (emphasis supplied)
So let us continue to tell the story of our gallant forefathers. Let’s also take our hats off to the Agi Band for helping us remember. While we are at it, you might want to go here and give the band your compliments. They do deserve it.
UPDATE: Those looking for albums of the Agi Band can email jacsemrd [firstname.lastname@example.org] on how you can get copies. You can also visit their office at SDS, La-Trinidad, Benguet.
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