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Diorama 49: Surprise Attack at Balangiga

Medium

Mixed media

Collection

Diorama

Description

Samar, 27 September 1901

Balangiga Mayor Pedro Ablayan and Police Chief Valeriano Abanador remained loyal to the Philippine government. Despite their oath of allegiance to the United States, they led a surprise attack on the Americans. Guerrillas, some disguised as women, smuggled bolos (bladed weapons) in small coffins, under the pretext of a mass funeral for child victims of a cholera epidemic. The ringing church bells signaled the offensive. Forty out of 74 Americans, and 30 out of 50 Filipinos lost their lives.

Acknowledgement

Ayala Museum Collection

Location

2F: The Diorama Experience

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