“I Did Not Surrender!”
(THE STORY OF PHILIPPINE GUERRILLAS AND BOLO MEN)
A Peter Parsons – Lucky Guillermo Presentation
Spyron AV Manila Productions
The film directors, Peter
Parsons and Lucky Guillermo, are providing a video of immense historical value
on a subject never told before. It is about the spontaneous movement that
sprung up all over the
They point out that this resistance did not wait for defeat and surrender. There were both Filipinos and Americans who went to the hills as early as December of 1941, when MacArthur declared
This video is remarkable in its
depth and breadth, and its flow, despite the lack of a narrator to inform the
viewer. Instead there are a few "road signs" to guide viewers to the
area being covered by the next group of interviewees. And remarkably, there are
100 talking heads to include escaped surrendered, unsurrendered,
spontaneous guerrillas, Americans, Filipinos both men and women. In a very few
cases there are sons or daughters speaking for their now-deceased fathers.
These voices describe the feelings of defeat, the desire to wreak vengeance on the invaders, the desire of these men to act on their own and not obey orders from their officers or even from MacArthur. And also: how they often fought--and bitterly--each other.
Among the more prominent voices are those of Bob Lapham, Ed Ramsey, Luis Taruc, Manuel Segura and Emmanuel de Ocampo, Gustavo Ingles, Frisco San Juan, and Clyde Childress, Albert Montague and Bob Wood; nearly all the major islands in the country are represented. But the richness of texture comes from interviews with guerrillas that history would never have heard of otherwise! This work cannot be duplicated anymore with the disappearance of so many of these old warriors.
Understandably, because Parsons
is the son of Cmdr. Chick Parsons who organized the submarines that supplied
the guerrillas with everything they needed--this video also deals with the
importance of these subs--but always from the point of view and in the voices
of the guerrilla speakers.
Guillermo, the artistic director, (also a son of a noted guerrilla leader in northern Philippines, Lt. Antonio Guillermo, alias Silver has collaborated with Parsons on several other documentaries from WWII in the Philippines: Secret War in the Pacific; Ships From Hell; Voyage of Goodwill; Anchored in Friendship. Enshrined in Freedom and
If you wish to purchase a copy of this DVD or if you have any questions, please contact Peter Parsons.