Borongan hero honored

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Thursday, November 22, 2012


BORONGAN CITY – The Boronganons honored recently another hero during the Filipino-American war, in simple rites held near the famous Hamorawon Spring, this city.

Captain Andres Lobrio, who was represented by his heirs was given recognition for his gallantry in what was known as “Labanan sa Borongan”. Lobrio led the guerrillas who were armed with the lowly bolos in that daring July 10, 1901 attack in Borongan against the Americans.

A historical marker in honor of the guerillas was installed in the site, to remind the local folks, that once and for all, their forefathers offered their lives, more than a hundred years ago, for freedom of the current generation.

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Undersecretary Ludovico Badoy of the National Historical Institute (NHI), led the unveiling of the historical marker.

Two other battles were waged by the Samarenos, namely the one in Catubig, Northern Samar and the famous Balangiga Encounter in Eastern Samar which according to history books, was the only Filipino-American battle in the entire country where the Filipinos won over the Americans.

An estimate of 20 to 25,000 Samarenos were killed in action during that war, said Roy Daza, one of the great grandsons of Eugenio Daza or Loloy Enyong. Eugenio Daza was believed to have brained the Balangiga Massacre, which was dubbed as the "worst single defeat the American soldiers suffered in their entire military campaign in the Philippines". The living Daza is President of the Descendants of Filipino Heroes.

He said that his great grandfather, and the other heroes should not just be called local heroes, because they did not only fight for the Samarenos but for the whole country as well. (PIA)

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