Living history’ marks 75th AFP rites Tuesday Dec 21, 2010 22:23:38 GMT -5
Post by legionnaire on Dec 21, 2010 22:23:38 GMT -5
Living history’ marks 75th AFP rites Tuesday
By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:32:00 12/21/2010
Filed Under: Military, Anniversaries, history
MANILA, Philippines—If you have an old Katipunero uniform stashed away in your closet, it’s time to put it on, go to Camp Aguinaldo and start marching.
Guests at the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 75th anniversary ceremonies Tuesday will travel back in time and treated to “living history.”
As part of the anniversary parade, which starts at 9 a.m., history buffs will wear authentic uniforms and accessories worn by Filipino soldiers since the Katipunan era down to World War II.
They are from the Buhay na Kasaysayan and the Philippine Scout Heritage Society-Fort McKinley Chapter, two groups of passionate collectors of military memorabilia complete with their history.
“Our attires are accurate down to the buttons and cuffs,” Sumaquel Hosalla, a public school teacher and freelance history researcher, told the Inquirer.
“We are the first reenactment group focused on Philippine history,” said Jojo Dy, an engineer.
They own authentic military uniforms and accessories which they have collected through the years at their own expense. They don them for reenactment purposes during special events.
They agreed to render their services for free for Tuesday’s military ceremonies.
On Monday, at the launch of the anniversary commemoration book, “75 years: Heroism and Sacrifice,” 12 members of the group put on rayadillo uniforms used during the Philippine-Spanish war by Filipino revolutionary forces under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.
They also donned khaki uniforms used by Filipino soldiers during World War II.
Hosalla portrayed a Spanish Army defector in a light blue gray striped uniform. As part of his attire, he had a Mauser rifle with a bayonet, a buri hat, leather pouches for ammunition, a red felt blanket and a bottle cask.
British national David Banaghan, a history teacher married to a Filipino, wore a white tunic and blue striped uniform.
Banaghan portrayed Englishman Capt. Arthur Howard, one of the foreigners who trained Katipunero snipers under Gen. Licerio Geronimo. It was snipers who killed American Gen. Henry Lawton at the Battle of San Mateo on Dec. 19, 1899.
Banaghan said he had been portraying Howard for six years now since he became interested in the Battle of San Mateo.
He said his white tunic was authentic circa 1900s. He had gray striped trousers which he said was made in Spain and similar to those actually used by the Katipuneros.
He also had specially made boots similar to those used by Filipino cavalry troops.
Banaghan carried an authentic leather holder for rifle ammunition from the 1900s, a bolo, a pistol, a buri hat and a straw knapsack.
Dy portrayed Chinese-Filipino Gen. Pawa, who he said, headed the artillery forces of Aguinaldo.
He had a saber owned by his great-grandfather, a white cap, original shoulder boards showing the insignia of a brigadier general and a pistol holster.
“We want to instill pride in the Filipinos because of what we go through thick and thin,” he said.
The others who agreed to pose for the reenactment photo sessions for the anniversary book were Engineer Pedro Antonio Javier, Eduardo Dela Peña, Selwyn Clyde Alojipan, Jojo Nicolas, Dennis Nicolas, Isagani Ocampo, Paolo Javier and Benjamin Cabrito.