Today, September 13: Marinduque Commemorates The Battle of Pulang Lupa

 Men of the 29th volunteer infantry wading in Port of Laylay, Boac, Marinduqueon April 25, 1900 The Battle of Pulang Lupa was an engagement fought on September 13, 1900, during the Philippine-American War, between the forces of Colonel Maximo Abad and Devereux Shields, in which Abad’s men defeated the American force.   “The severity with which the inhabitants have been dealt would not look well if a complete history of it were written out.” -Governor General of the Philippines William Howard Taft, concerning the U.S. Army campaign on the…

Pulang Lupa: Capt. Shields’ Letter to His Beloved Wife

Captain Devereux Shields, 29th Infantry Regiment, Company F, United States VolunteersPhoto courtesy: Julia Mills, his granddaughter | Background photo: Pinoy On The Road The following letter was sent by Capt. Devereux Shields’ granddaughter, Julia to Mr. Shepard on August 24, 2010. It was originally enclosed in a postmarked, stamped envelope and addressed to: Mrs. Devereux Shields, No. 617 N. Union Street, Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.A. The return address was Devereux Shields, Capt 29th Inf. U.S.V., Manila P.I. Across the top is written – Soldier’s letter. Also enclosed was a pressed 4-leaf…

MIMAROPA to World Leaders: Strong Climate Deal, Please

The Regional Development Council of Mimaropa has adopted a resolutionthat seeks to ‘globalize the resolve of the archipelagic regionto address the ill-effects of climate change | Photo: Rappler MANILA, Philippines – With the Paris climate talks nearing, Region IV-B or Mimaropa is calling on world leaders to agree on a strong climate change agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Eleuterio Raza Jr, Marinduque provincial planning and development officer, said in a press statement that the region has beautiful islands that lures local and foreign tourists, but such natural attractions are vulnerable…

We Are Killing Each Other Over Mining

Catholic prelates urge the government of Marinduque to pursuethe class suit against Barrick Gold | Photo: Asia Pacific Post Catholic prelates have joined calls by civil society groups to urge the provincial government of Marinduque in the Philippines to pursue a multimillion dollar class suit against a global mining firm over the 1996 Marcopper spill.   Local pressure for the Marinduque government to refile the case mounted after the Nevada state Supreme Court on June 11 threw out the case against the Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp, reported the Inquirer.  …