The year was 1941. Across the world, seats of power are shifting; alliances are being made between countries to fight off other alliances; and innocent people are being killed. All these however are so far removed from the life of the people in San Nicolas, a small town in one of the provinces of the Philippines. Life is still simple, especially for Nitoy, Benny, Carding and Badong, a group of young boys, living in the town.
Little did they know that things are about to change.
In December 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. War was declared; and the Philippines, a territory of the U.S at that time, was caught in the middle of it. The people of San Nicolas were suddenly scared. No one knows what to expect from this war. Nitoy and his friends, however, saw this as an opportunity to prove that they were no longer boys, but men. They have decided to join the United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE) and be soldiers for their country, just like Nitoy’s brother, Ruben. But the latter was firm in saying that war is not for young boys and that(they don’t need rice soldiers, boys who just end up eating all their rations but have no real purpose in war).The boys were not disheartened though. And when Bataan fell and the Japanese Army marched into cities and provinces, Nitoy and his friends were ready with their weapons – tiradors, sibat, and baril de pana.
Nathaniel Brit, Ian de Leon, Marc Abaya, Gardo Verzosa, Via Veloso, Enzo Pineda, Paolo O’Hara, Che Ramos, Diana Alferez, Dante Balois, Elijah Canlas, Angelo Martinez
Director - Janice O'Hara
Producer - Denise O’Hara
Associate Prod - LA Dacula
Line Producer/Scriptwriter - Jerry O’Hara
Asst Director - Mara Marasigan
DOP - Nelson Macababat
Prod Manager - Melanie Entuna
Prod Designer - Fiel Zabat
Art Director - Poly Garcia
Post Production - SQ Film Lab
Denise O’Hara was born on March 6, 1980. She was a student of Comparative Literature in the University of the Philippines, Diliman where she fell in love with writing. She started writing for ABS-CBN teleseryes in 2004. Among her works are “Hiram,”“Sa Piling Mo, Ysabella,”“Kahit Isang Saglit,” and the adaptation of the Koreanovela, “Only You.”In 2010, she became headwriter for “Juanita Banana” (adaptation), “Maria la del Barrio” (adaptation), “Mundo Man Ay Magunaw,” and “Be Careful with My Heart.”
Janice O’Hara was born on March 6, 1980. Growing up, Janice was not only influenced by classic Filipino movies and literature. She studied Comparative Literature at UP Diliman. Before graduating, she dropped out of college to work. Janice started as concept developer in ABS-CBN. Later on, she began to write for the horror show “Nginiig!”. Janice wrote for other shows such as “Super Inggo,” “Kung Fu Kids,” “Alyanna,” “Nasaan ka Elisa?” and “Maria Mercedes.”In 2010, she wrote the screenplay of the film “Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio,” directed by Mario O’Hara. It was shown as part of the Directors Showcase of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. The year after, she consulted on the film “Cuchera” of Joseph Laban (Cinemalaya New Breed Full-Length Feature).
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