Not sure. They surely study military history but I'm not sure if they delve on these esoteric details. I'm sure it's the strategy, leadership, logistics, and political aspects of history that they takeup in class. But I don't know for sure, best to ask a PMA grad if you chance upon one.
Hello Theo, nice to meet you, and welcome to the forum
We have accomplished so many things is just a few short years, but we have a long long way to go yet Do you have any plans on visiting the Philippines again someday?
I am dreaming of a large reenactment someday where people from all over the world would gather in Manila (or someplace in the Phils.) for one big event with everything.... 2 or 3 or 12 battles ;D large encampments, parties, grand ball, fiesta, everything
Post by insurrectomad on Jan 22, 2011 20:40:43 GMT -5
Well Fuastino, An opportunity opens this year as we have gained so much publicity to ward,s the end of 2010. We now have found favour in the armed forces and have their support. But it is in the universities where we must gain support and recruitment. If we can put in place before the end of this year, the proposed leasing of blank firing weapons under the army supervision and Honourable Membership to the army reservists, we then can think of re-enacting some "battles" at last. Febuary is fast approaching and we must not let the grass grow beneath our feet! David
I'm really glad to hear that BNK is making real inroads there - and I'm real envious as well! That's always been a dream of mine to have - as an option for CAT/ROTC - students be formed into reenactment units that would function under AFP guidance and have generally similar instruction as regular cadets have, but would also specialize in historical reenactments. Then as a 'graduation exercise' the cadets would be formed with other cadets and have reenactment battles.
I heartily commend the experience of reenacting to the Filipino youth as a better way of understanding our history - not as a boring, sleep-worthy, dead thing taught only in the classroom but as a living, breathing, terrifying and exhilirating experience on the field. One of my most treasured life experiences was joining the Spanish American war reenactors at Fort MacArthur in 2008 where I was kitted out in my Guardia Civil Veterana uniform and I had the opportunity to fight on the Spanish side much like the Filipino conscripts of 1896 and 1898 would have done - hardly knowing how to load their Remington rifles, half-terrified by the gunfire (and if you really get into it you can almost imagine the bullets streaking toward you) but determined to do your duty and finally "dying heroically" with my bolo raised in a hail of Krag rifle fire. I treasure it because it's the closest I've thus far come to really experiencing history - my history, my country's history - and I think that more Filipino youths would learn to appreciate history more if they had that experience.