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Jesús Valbuena Garcia ’93, at right, with longtime friend Matt Allen '92.

Jesús Valbuena Garcia ’93, a professional communicator based in Madrid, likes to advise aspiring writers that the best storytelling happens through “story doing.” For the past 15 years, he has been “doing” a story he was born to tell: He recently completed a documentary about his great-grandfather’s part in the Siege of Baler (1898-1899). 

“It’s a story of endurance, surviving through adversity, humility in victory, and dignity in defeat,” he says. “It’s a war episode without winners or losers. It’s a parable about humanity.”

Valbuena, who manages marketing communications for one of the world’s largest providers of infrastructure services, had always dreamed of creating, producing, and distributing a documentary. 

“The Last of the Philippines: Return to Baler,” the 45-minute documentary he premiered in the Philippines this past June, can be rented online.

Valbuena is pictured above with longtime friend and Saint Rose alum Matt Allen ’92.

To read more about Valbuena’s story click here.