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Antonio Magsaysay

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Son of Calixto de los Santos Magsaysay and Blanca Posadas
Brother of <private> Magsaysay; Remedios Magsaysay; <private> Magsaysay; Florentino Magsaysay; Salvador Magsaysay and 17 others

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Calixto & Blanca Magsaysay’s Men

by Mita Magsaysay Sevilla-Starr

I have 7 uncles in all. They hardly look alike and have very different temperaments and personalities. There IS one thing they have in common though. They are all good men. Calixto and Blanca Magsaysay’s sons are all plain, good men.

Antonio Prudencio.

Tito Tony was the quiet veterinarian who was a trained pilot for the Philippine Air Force at the outbreak of the war. From his photographs, there’s no doubt he was very good looking.

According to my mother, he and his younger brother, Floren, were always at odds. They settled their arguments with fist matches they would hide from their mother and did so quietly, eliciting only the faintest of grunts. It may seem strange but Blanca’s boys were always so protective of her, it isn’t hard to imagine then why they did it this way. Mama just told me as I write this, they even had a referee overseeing these fights, an old “sota” or horse hand they employed for a karitela business my grandmother maintained when they moved to San Juan from Zambales.

Tony was in Corregidor, set to flee to Australia, when the Japanese caught him along with all the other Americans and Filipinos stranded there. He was in the Death March from Corregidor to Tarlac. It was because of him and his experience in the war that I first heard stories of survival like eating ants and roasted moss that grew on large river stones. He survived the war and all its atrocities, but died in a car accident soon after he arrived in San Antonio, Texas as a lieutenant of the US Army. He was only 25 years old, already a veterinarian, a former POW, a Death March survivor and pilot.

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