International Women’s Day – Captain Nieves Fernandez

In honor of International Women’s Day. We give to you the history of Captain Nieves Fernandez.

Captain Nieves* In this picture Captain Nieves Fernandez shows to an American soldier how she used her long knife to silently kill Japanese soldiers during occupation, 1944.

Captain Nieves Fernandez, the only known Filipino female guerrilla leader and school teacher. When the Japanese came to take the children under her care she shot them in the face with her latong (a home made shotgun).
Working with guerrillas south of Tacloban, Miss Fernandez rounded up native men to resist the Japanese. She commanded 110 native who killed more than 200 Japanese with knifes and shotguns made from sections of gas pipe.

Captain Nieves was known for being a crackshot and highly skilled with the bolo.  To this extent she drilled her soldiers to a high standard, making them a formidable force against the Japanese occupiers. Her unit was instrumental in helping to force the Japanese out of the southern Tacloban region. Captain Nieves became famous for her bravery and heroics. Eventually leading to the Japanese offering 10.000 pesos for her head. (Which was never collected.)

She was wounded once, leaving a bullet scar on her right forearm.