Post by legionnaire on May 12, 2007 13:24:39 GMT -5
I had the great opportunity to visit him in his residence in Angeles City in 2000. I will never forget when he showed me his incredible entire collection of uniform Illustrations of the Philippine Army form the Katipunaan period up to the post WWII he created. I also had the pleasure of meeting his son Jed Dizon who welcomed and showed me his WWII Jeep restoration shop he owns and operates in Angeles too. I met the Dizons through Col Resty Aguilar who at that time was the provincial commander of Bataan a few days before the April 9 festivities.
I wonder if Dan Dizon and his sons know just how instrumental they have been in the much belated revival of interest in Philippine military uniformology. I hope that I will have the honor and pleasure of meeting Professor Dizon someday, if not at least have the rare priviledge of seeing more of his military artworks which sadly remain hidden and/or unknown.
Last Edit: May 13, 2007 22:41:01 GMT -5 by RayAdillO
I met Dan Dizon in his home in Angeles City some years back when I brought several Japanese friends to tour the city. They were amazed that he had a Kamikaze Museum. As it turns out Mr. Dizon, when he was a teenager in Angeles and Clark Field during the war, came to know the first four kamikaze pilots intimately. He related that he worked in the kitchen of the Japanese and would be in-charge of preparing the ingredients for their food as well shining their boots. He relates an interesting incident when the boxcars carrying the soldiers on the Death March passed thru Angeles City. He recalls that the Angelenos were throwing food thru the parted boxcar doors when disembarking several prisoners in Angeles. Even to the point of being bayoneted the Filipinos risked throwing more food into the boxcars. And when the Japs couldn't stop the residents, they closed the doors. But this didn't stop the Filipinos from throwing the food thru slats between the door and the roof. These gallant soldiers may have been defeated but they were never forgotten by the grateful populace.
Post by legionnaire on Apr 7, 2013 18:33:36 GMT -5
"The outbreak of World War II starting December 08, 1941, made life very difficult for the Dizon. In Early 1942, the Japanese MilitaryAdministration ordered the reopening of all educational institutions in Manila and in the entire counry, including the University of the Philippines. Prof. Dizon refused to work under the Japanese by feigning illness.
For his family to survive, he accepted occasional art commissions in his hovel in a rented apartment in Santa Cruz, Manila. Meanwhile, his family was living with his in-laws in Angeles City, Pampanga where Dan tried hard to stave-off creeping starvation by working as a part-time kitchen boy after school in the regimental Kitchen of the town's Japanese Army garrison. It did not take long when some japanese officers and soldiers discovered the artistic talent of Dan, who was supplied with hard-to-find pencils and Clean sheets of white paper to encourage him to draw. They would even pose for him their crisp uniforms and shiny firearms and then send the drawings to their families in Japan. In turn, Dan was astounded at the interest of these fierce and frightful Japanese soldiers had on art. He would soon discover that mostof them are artistically inclined and were food in drawing. Unknowingly, the Japanese introduced Dan to anew field of Art - Military Art! Very soon Dan's drawings consisted of Japanese military men, their firearms, equipment, vehicles, tanks, airplanes, etc., from memory... to the delight of his Japanese audience. "
"In the same year (1973), a historical painting of Dan was appected for permanent display in the KAMIKAZE HALL of the Yazukuni Shrine Museum in Tokyo, japan. This fact made Dan the very first non-Japanese and first Filipino artist whose work of art was accepted and displayed in the said mueum since its establishment in 1869.
In 1990 Dan painstakingly endeavored to create 30 historical watercolor paintings depicting precise combat uniforms, firearms and equiptment of the World War II Imperial japanese Armed Forces in the philippines ( Army, Navy, Air Force, Paratroopers, etc) as he actually saw them in Angeles, Pampanga, Clark Field and in manila during the war years."