Once again, just around the Foreign Legion's Camerone Day of April 30th; Kern county in Bakersfield hosts an annual reenactment meet in their charming historic village. The reenactments are specialized to the era of the Old West, the Civil War, the Spanish-American, and of course; the Philippine-American War of 1898 for which we represent the Filipino forces. This year was somewhat special since PBS was doing a documentary on General Ewell Otis who served in the Philippines. Although much of the footage taken last Saturday was mainly devoted to the U.S. Forces, they did take a few shots of the Filipino side, particulary during the battle reenactment itself; at least I hope they did.
Freshly off the "Manila-Dagupan" special !
Off we march into the crucible of battle. Note the shoulder arms position in the "French" manner; as adopted by the Ejercito de La Republica Filipinas of the period.
The men are then settled into position to await the onslaught of the "Amerikanos"! (Left to Right: Ray Ortega, Manny Ortega, Philip Garcia, and Franz Tinio Lopez; the officer to the rear is Ted Ortega).
The order to fire is given.....hapunten......FUEGO!
Holding fire. More pictures to come in a short while, we promise ;D
Nice! Let us know when PBS airs the show! I'll get the tivo ready
Good job guys. More pictures!
Thanks VeeVee. Lou Lopez of the Rough Riders group told me that it may take a while before they complete this production ready for airing. We'll closely follow it up for any updates and promptly keep you posted on this.
Galing nyo pare, great shots guys. The train was a nice touch.
Thanks battlemaster! BTW, the tailor who made these uniforms for us here is retired. This tailor doesn't really make such good uniforms despite the fact that she used to charge me inexpensively. I recommend anyone who might wish to avail themselves of quality rayadillo uniforms (and leather accouterements) to get in touch with Perry Javier from the BNK reenactment group based in Manila, Philippines. Their line of Spanish-Philippine Militaria 1898 repros are top grade and yet reasonably priced.
Here are some more photos from Kern county 2007...........
Side view of the Hotchkiss field gun. Don't let the dimunitive size of it fool you, this gun can make quite a humdinger of a bang when fired; as we were soon to find out during the battle.
Here is the gatling gun used in our reenactment. They must have used up about a thosand or more rounds of blank ammunition on this baby. It just kept rattling on and on for most of the entire show. It must have been a terrorizing weapon for any pinoy "insurrecto" to confront in those days.
Here is the ammo limber for the gatling!....the boxes contain about four to five bucket loads of bullets.
Among the U.S. reenactors are the famous "buffalo soldiers" of the U.S.C.T. regular cavalry. There were about four of them who brought their horses, but they fought dismounted during the battle.
Manny, or was it Manuel?; with an American lady observer (a reporter for one of William Randolph Hearst's tabloids perhaps?)
Bayonet drill, courtesy of a U.S. volunteer trooper during the period of Fil-Am unoffical "alliance" against the Spanish holding out in the Intramuros.
The long, tall, and the short; the bearded; bespectacled; and the octogenarian...none are spared from Aguinaldo's call up for mobilization "a la patrie en danger"!
Last Edit: May 4, 2007 4:33:58 GMT -5 by RayAdillO
I wonder if you could have asked the buffalo soldiers if Teddy could have mounted one just for a photo. A horse would be a nice additional touch for the officer. Do you have any pictures of the buffalo soldiers mounted? Four of them would have made a site