‘Los Banos’ by Art Saguinsin

During the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines, platoons of Spanish conquistadores explored the vast wilds of the town of what is known today as Los Banos. The expeditionary forces led by Captain Francisco Ferreira and his adjutant, Lt. Marco Revillera were surrounded by indigenous rebels led Diego Hilario and Macario Lopez into the wild virgin forest that engaged them to ferocious hostilities resulting to heavy casualties of the rebel troops. The surviving rebels fled the forest as bullets from the prowess of the conquistadores fiery pursued them.

The Conquistadores settled and established in the community until they got their native women named Lualhati and Ligaya de la Cruz, two beautiful sisters whom Ferreira and Revillera married. They bore them children but Diego and Macario returned to see their women, Ligaya and Lualhati who thought that the rebels had been killed for they did not see them at all during the hostilities in the forest. Unfortunately, the rebels’ return brought the established community misfortune when their fathers Ferreira and Revillera were killed, leaving their respective sons, Antonio and Federico vast fortune of estate.

The next generations of the Ferreiras and Revilleras inherited the huge fortune and became a disputed and controversial.

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