The Philippines. Paradise to some, a battlefield to others. It has stunning beaches, rich cultures, and a history that would make even the hardest of hard-boiled detectives notice. 

And no, we’re not talking about the War on Drugs this time, although the parallels are enough to make you take a step back. This time, let’s talk about a different kind of war–one deeply embedded in the roots of this island nation. It’s called the Hukbalahap Rebellion.

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Officially known as the “Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon,” which translates to “The Nation’s Army Against the Japanese.” It was a revolutionary movement that became prominent during the Second World War.

They were a group of peasants who banded together, faced a ruthless enemy, and fought for the rights of their people.