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New Book – Chew The Dogs

If you enjoy Bob’s writings you’ll enjoy his new book, Chew The Bones: Maddog Essays On Philippine History, Bob Couttie’s third book,now available on Amazon.

Says the blurb: “Take a time-travelling journey of a thousand years of adventure and romance as you explore the unknown highways, byways and strange ways of an almost forgotten world. Dip into a unique, eye-opening collection of true stories they didn’t tell you at school. In this world slaves get benefits worthy of a corporate highflier. A redhaired hard-to-handle Hong Kong-born Irish teenager marries a man determined to change his country’s destiny. England’s Queen Victoria is given the world’s most expensive wedding dress, made by Filipinos. The last cavalry charge in American history begins with a hangover as the first Japanese bombs drop on the Philippines. A Scots-American widow find a new purpose protecting and building lives for the indigenous Aeta people of the Zambales Mountains.”

A review says: “Bob Couttie writes with an absorbing, lively sense of fun, fascination and scrupulous research. You come away from this book with a feeling for the romance and adventure that made, and is making, the Philippines what it is today.”

It is available immediately from Amazon here

If you live in the Philippines, a special low-cost edition is available and you can get a personalised signed copy for just 300 pesos

To order one, email bcouttie@gmail.com

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Philippine Genocide? The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Philippine Genocide? The Numbers Don’t Add Up

(The following is based on several discussion on the Facebook Philippine American War groupi, we are grateful for the immense wealth of expertise and enthusiasm in researching this issue.)

We cannot know for sure how many died during the conflict of 1899-1902. Estimates of actual combatants range from 25,000 to 36,000 but the main controversy relates to how many civilians died during the conflict, estimates range from 200,000 to 3 million and whether those were deliberate or unintentional.

No estimate has been made in the available literature of civilian casualties during the 1896-1898 revolution nor of civilians killed by Filipino Republican forces during the Philippine-American Warii.

Census figures are immensely problematic especially when comparing the census carried out under the Spanish regime for pre-1899 figures and those under the American regime for the post-1899 period due to different methodologies. Some of the issues are covered in a briefing for the Senate Committee on the Philippine of 1902 (See Appendix). Continue reading “Philippine Genocide? The Numbers Don’t Add Up”

Fruit of the Day

Some people are only comfortable doing what they’ve done before. My approach to film or video has always been “What do I want to do?” and, second “What haven’t I done before?”. “I don’t know how to do that” is not excuse for not doing something. Of course, it helps having a lot of experience – sometimes one instinctively knows something can be done, something can be fixed, without knowing exactly how – because there are so many options. A bit like life.