5 Outrageous Battles That Proved That Filipinos Are Badasses


April 17, 1901: Abad surrenders in Marinduque. In photo above, Colonel Maximo Abad, chief of Filipino forces in the island province of Marinduque, is being accompanied to Boac by Colonel Harry Hill Bandholtz of the Philippine Constabulary. Source: philippineamericanwar.webs.com
April 17, 1901: Abad surrenders in Marinduque. In photo above, Colonel Maximo Abad, chief of Filipino forces in the island province of Marinduque, is being accompanied to Boac by Colonel Harry Hill Bandholtz of the Philippine Constabulary. Source: philippineamericanwar.webs.com

In result of multiple colonization that occurred in our country, we developed a tough shell that made every war a way to prove all the struggle we've been through. Every battle becomes a chance to show our morals and what we are truly made of. But little do we know about the battles that marked our history with glory. Listed below are the wars every Filipino should be proud of.

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1. Battle of Yuldong (April 22 – 23, 1951)

The Philippine 10th Battalion Combat Team counter-attacking at Yultong on 23 April 1951. Source: theunknowngazette.blogspot.com
The Philippine 10th Battalion Combat Team counter-attacking at Yultong on 23 April 1951. Source: theunknowngazette.blogspot.com
"One of the most epic Filipino military victories involved the Battle of Yuldong (formerly spelled Yultong). During that engagement, the 10th Battalion Combat Team (BCT) found themselves cut off from the outside world after their UN allies were forced to retreat by hordes of Chinese and North Korean soldiers. As part of their “First Spring Offensive,” the enemy had massed about 400,000 troops against the UN forces.

"After their allies retreated in disarray, the Filipinos—numbering a mere 900— found themselves surrounded on all sides by 40,000 enemy soldiers. Yet they stood their ground and repulsed wave after wave of enemy assaults which continued well throughout the night.

"When the smoke cleared, 15 Filipinos were killed, dozens were wounded, and 14 were missing in action. However, the BCT killed more than 500 Chinese soldiers while inflicting a huge number of casualties on their side. UN commanders were even surprised to learn later that the Filipinos refused to retreat and instead kept on fighting. Their gallant actions blunted the Chinese offensive and prevented what would have been a total defeat for the UN forces.

"For their bravery, the 10th BCT became known as the “Fighting Filipinos.”"

2. The Rizal Day Battle for Combat Outpost No. 8 (June 17 – 21, 1952)

Men of the 19th BCT observe the God-forsaken hills on which so much Filipino blood was shed by the 20th BCT, 19th BCT and 14th BCT. Source: peftok.blogspot.com
Men of the 19th BCT observe the God-forsaken hills on which so much Filipino blood was shed by the 20th BCT, 19th BCT and 14th BCT. Source: peftok.blogspot.com
"Another shining moment for the Filipino forces in the Korean War came during the aforementioned battle. In this engagement, members of the 19th Battalion Combat Team known as the Bloodhounds fought a gory four-day battle with Chinese forces who were attempting to overrun their positions in Combat Outpost No. 8, a tactically important segment which comprised Hill 191 (also known as Arsenal Hill) and Hill Eerie.

"The area had earlier been taken in a brave assault by the Filipinos led by former President Fidel V. Ramos who was a lieutenant at that time. The Chinese first opened up their assault with a withering artillery barrage which the Filipinos endured and answered with their own. Thousands of Chinese soldiers then rushed in on the Filipino positions in attempt to overrun them. They were battered by the Filipinos, who in several instances even fought hand-to-hand combat with the enemy.

"The Filipinos’ fierce resistance forced the Chinese to call off the attack. In the aftermath, the Chinese lost two tanks and more than 500 soldiers. The 19th BCT meanwhile, suffered approximately less than two dozen dead and wounded. The victorious Filipinos, celebrating their triumphant win against all odds, raised their flag on Hill 191 in full view of the Chinese."

3. Battle of Pulang Lupa (September 13, 1900)

April 17, 1901: Abad surrenders in Marinduque. In photo above, Colonel Maximo Abad, chief of Filipino forces in the island province of Marinduque, is being accompanied to Boac by Colonel Harry Hill Bandholtz of the Philippine Constabulary. Source: philippineamericanwar.webs.com
April 17, 1901: Abad surrenders in Marinduque. In photo above, Colonel Maximo Abad, chief of Filipino forces in the island province of Marinduque, is being accompanied to Boac by Colonel Harry Hill Bandholtz of the Philippine Constabulary. Source: philippineamericanwar.webs.com
"Against the backdrop of the Philippine-American War, this battle would be one of the biggest victories for Filipino forces in Marinduque.

"The leader of the Filipinos, the elusive Lt. Col. Maximo Abad, set up a perfect trap that led to the capture of an entire American detachment headed by Capt. Devereux Shields. Expertly arranging his forces, Abad succeeded in forcing the Americans to take shelter in a small rice field. The cornered Americans could not retreat as their escape route had been blocked by guerrilla forces as pre-planned by Abad.

"Seeing that there was no other choice, heavily-wounded Shields raised the white flag of surrender. All in, the Filipinos captured more than 50 Americans including their captain. The defeat sent shockwaves all the way to the US, most notably because Abad had just effectively defeated one-third of the American garrison in the province."

4. The Red Sea Incident (November 29 – 30, 1574)

Limahong’s invasion of Manila. Illustration by Norie Millare.
Limahong’s invasion of Manila. Illustration by Norie Millare.
"Little is known of Don Galo, other than that of his heroic role against the notorious Chinese pirate Limahong who tried to invade Manila. As a prelude, he attempted to establish a stronghold in Parañaque first under the belief that the locals there would provide no resistance. He was proven wrong as the defenders from the Brgy. Sta. Monica led by Galo provided stiff resistance against the invaders. So much blood was spilled that the battle became known as the Red Sea Incident.

"Finally, Spanish soldiers arrived to help the Filipinos repulse Limahong from the area. In gratitude, the Spaniards later awarded Galo with the title of “Don” while the residents of Brgy. Sta. Monica replaced their barangay’s name with his own. After the battle, an infuriated Limahong was said to have executed his scouts for lying to him about Parañaque being “defenseless.”"

5. Negros Revolution (November 3 – 6, 1898)

General Aniceto Lacson depicted wielding a figthing bolo. General Aniceto Lacson’s monument was erected in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Source: modifiedmartialarts.blogspot.com
General Aniceto Lacson depicted wielding a figthing bolo. General Aniceto Lacson’s monument was erected in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Source: modifiedmartialarts.blogspot.com
"According to Sun Tzu’s Art of War, “supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” Negrense revolutionaries must have taken those words to heart when they made the Spanish virtually surrender without a fight save for a few skirmishes during the Revolution.

"Led by Generals Aniceto Lacson from the north and Juan Araneta from the south, the revolutionaries marched towards the island’s capital of Bacolod City where the Spanish had ensconced themselves in. The rebels made fake cannons out of rolled bamboo mats which they painted black and fashioned rifles out of palm fronds. Needless to say, the ruse worked magnificently.

"The Spanish Governor Isidro de Castro, seeing the rebels fully-armed while holed up with his soldiers inside the city’s cathedral, decided to give up without a fight. On the same day, he signed a declaration of surrender, ending Spanish rule on the island and ushering in the Republic of Negros."