Historical fiction Church bells – Philippines – Samar – History Philippines – Foreign relations – United States United states – Foreign relations – Philippines Long ago the tolling of the bells in Balangiga, Samar, portended the nadir of U.S. Philippine relations as U.S. Forces and Philippine rebels committed atrocities against each other. From poles apart, a love that was in bloom was set back the. The complex relationship between the two countries continued until both were faced by the prospect of fighting a common enemy in WWII. Would fate now be kinder to another love?