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Ana Omega was a school teacher before she joined the guerrillas in Western Leyte. She formed her own guerrilla unit and served as an intelligence officer against the Japanese Imperial Forces. Ana was a teacher in the municipality of San Isidro when the Japanese landed in Leyte on May 1942 and ordered the reopening of at public schools.

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She was under fire because of her indirect invectives against the Japanese. For instance, Ana refused to remove President Manuel L. Quezon’s portrait from her classroom; she also allowed her students to sing the Philippine and America’s national anthem in her class. Later on, Japanese informants learned about her tirades and Ana crossed her crass then fled to the hilts. Together with two men, they formed a ,guerilla group. Their unit was sufficiently equipped with firearms and ammunitions given by her brothers, relatives and former students.

On the night of the 23rd of October 1942, her men swooped down to the municipality and raised the American flag to the plaza. Ana become a valuable intelligence for the Northern Leyte guerillas under the command of Ralph Posoncuy.

She reported all her first-hand information about the enemies movements and strength in Ormoc. However, when the Americans came and the liberation ended, she was not included in the roster of the recognized guerillas.

After the war, Ana was no longer a school teacher and went to Manila trying to find a job; mirrors the struggle of every woman who participated in war, but became forgotten and ignored heroes.

References:
“Women and War Exhibit”. 2019. Filipinas Heritage Library. Retrieved from https://artsandiulture.googfe.com/exhibit/women-and-war/Zwryk5CtcXJ1Jw on 25 August 2020

 

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Researched by: Joahnna Paula Corpuz