What is the most badass thing anyone has ever done?

Be a beauty queen then apply lipstick and manicure your nails before going to battle against the imperial Japanese forces of World War II.

That woman is Kumander Liwayway or Commander Dawn otherwise known as Remedios Gomez-Paraiso. She was a beauty queen in her home province, but, when the Japanese invaded the Philippines and her father was killed by them, she joined the rebel forces at the age of 22 to fight the invaders.

She quickly rose to the ranks and became a commander who led troops that gave the Japanese some serious bouts of headache. There was a planned attack against the Japanese once, but her superiors ordered the rebels to retreat. She refused and led her troops to battle and killed allegedly more than 200 Japanese soldiers.

But that was not the most bad-ass thing about her. Before going to battle, she was known to groom herself first: combing her hair as neatly as she could, dressing in lady’s garments, manicuring her nails and applying nail polish, and wearing lipstick! She wore red lipstick a lot.

Despite seeming to be outrageous, her antics were actually a boost to her troops’ morale:

“At the top of the Camansi plateau, the guerrillas were ready and just waiting for the appearance of the Japanese soldiers. Ka Li (Paraiso) was observed by her group that she looked different at that time because she was fully made up with matching bright red lipstick and her hair was well-combed.
Her troops were surprised to see their commander so dressed up, as if she was going to a social function. But in the current situation, her men pictured her as a fearless and courageous leader unafraid to die. Her appearance inspired her men and motivated them to fight harder.”

That was from the book, ‘Kumander Liwayway: Joan of Ark of the Philippines’,written by her brother, Andrew Gomez.

Her comrades even confronted her asking why she was wearing bright red lipstick to which she marvellously responded:

One of the things I am fighting for in the Huk [guerrilla group] movement is the right to be myself.

She even challenged one of her comrades to a duel once when he was making sexual innuendos to her and she felt disrespected.

She led her troops to more battles against the Japanese during the war and she said that they dealt the invaders major casualties. She died in 2014 at the age of 95.

She was a feminine warrior who was proud to be a woman.

This information was taken from Quora. Click here to view the original post.

Have you ever heard about this fantastic woman?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Linda Spreng
May God keep her in his hands. Brave, committed woman. I really admire her.
Feb 19, 2020 7:00PM
Lynne Cage
What a wonderful woman! U go girl 👍🏼
Feb 3, 2020 6:07AM
Doris Coppock
Was an amazing woman
Jan 12, 2020 11:22AM
Cheryl McMeekin
Never heard of her, but she was an amazing woman. She was a great inspiration not only to the men under her, but to women. I myself am impressed!!!
Nov 19, 2019 10:24PM
Don Storjord
Wow never heard this story
Sep 7, 2019 11:30PM
Lane Mark S
What a wonderful person.
Sep 4, 2019 3:41AM
Lipstick and makeup but a Real Killer in every sense of the word!!! Bravo!!! my lady Bravo!!!
May 28, 2019 5:11PM
Lilly Beharry
Badass lady! Love the story, why isn’t there a movie?
Apr 11, 2019 7:53AM
Ian Swindale
What a great lady
Mar 24, 2019 4:27AM
Diane Thompson
Darlene Davidson, LOL! Well said!
Mar 21, 2019 4:34AM
Diane Thompson
Abynum, you're absolutely right. Bad*** is rude and crude anyway. Then to still uplift a heroine with it. Seriously?
Mar 21, 2019 4:33AM
Darlene Davidson
She wore war paint.
Mar 20, 2019 8:41PM
Wendy Emlinger
I don't blame her for sprucing up before battle. Why not look her best just in case she died? A smack in the face to her enemies. "I'm not afraid of you and I'll dress my best to prove it."
Mar 1, 2019 10:14PM
Dale Teague
Great story 🙏
Feb 25, 2019 4:51PM
Meowsome and courageous lady, may she RIP.
Feb 20, 2019 11:15PM

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