Between 1st July and 1898 and 2nd June 1899, Spanish forces held out in a Church against Philippine revolutionary forces in the isolated town of Baler. Cut off from all communication with no idea when rescue might arrive, the force held out for 337 days, combating enemy fire, beriberi, dysentery, and starvation, living and dying in a cramped 300 square metre space that served as living quarters, hospital, and cemetery. The siege of Baler was one of the longest in recorded history but the survivors were soon forgotten on their return to Spain. Miguel Angel Lopez resurrects their story, dispels the myths, and restores the Last Spanish Soldiers of the Philippines to their rightful place in history.
Sponsored by John Carrol & Jean Garon