Here’s a video documentary on the Igorot soldiers who fought to defend our freedom during World War II. It is produced by a group called Research Mate and the Outstanding Students of the Cordillera (OSCAR) Alumni Community.
Part 1 underscores the importance of this video project. Our kids (pero kasama na rin tayo actually) are really clueless about the past and the 1940s isn’t really that long ago. Thank God for the boy in this video who at least knows who the “veterans” are.
Part 2 depicts the war so be warned that it has footages of violence. Except for some additional footages, this section actually appears to be the same as the Agi Band’s tribute video to the Igorot soldier which we earlier uploaded here. So maybe the band and OSCAR collaborated on this project.
Part 3 presents interviews with two people who are part of this initiative. Not to be nitpicky but what’s up with Benguet being specially mentioned? I’m sure there’s a reason but the video didn’t clarify. Did the then sub-province have more soldiers in this particular infantry regiment? Or is the video specifically directed to a Benguet audience? It seemed odd to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire Benguet a lot (heck it’s the best province in the country, no) but if I am going to give special distinction to some place, then I have to be very clear why it deserves the distinction. Hopefully the producers can clarify because, to me, this special mention unnecessarily distracts us from the noble purpose of the project. Its effect on me was this: instead of feeling good about what the soldiers accomplished, I was left wondering about why Benguet was specifically mentioned. Para kasing naging adjunct lang ang the rest of the Cordilleras.