Drama - TV movie - In Development
On September 28, 1901 during the Philippine-American War, the church bells in the village of Balangiga rang, signaling the ambush of an American regiment while they ate breakfast. The Filipino insurgents killed 48 and wounded 22 of the 78 men in the unit.
Outraged and angered by the attack, General Jacob H. Smith ordered that the island of Samar be turned into a "howling wilderness" by killing all Filipino males above ten years of age capable of bearing arms.
Following orders, American troops massacred 2000–3000 Filipinos, the majority of whom were civilians, and recovered the three bells from the charred remains of the village church to take back to the United States as war trophies.
This true event serves as a backdrop to our fictional story of an American soldier who falls in love with a local Filipino woman and his efforts to save her family including a younger brother who was altar-boy and guardian of the bells.
Story and Teleplay by Ed Arguelles.