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Images of Valor and Victory

Respected historians present audio visual presentations and images of Filipino Veterans’ valor and victory as an alternative form of lecture on World War II heroes and their pivotal role in the liberation campaign.

The symposium serves as a venue for a lively interaction between the younger generation and the living heroes themselves – the World War II veterans from the Visayas who, as panelists, would impart their first-hand account of their encounters with the enemy and of their eventual victory.
March 17, 2014 / 9:00 AM

Angelicum School, Iloilo City

Film Showing

Death March

Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. and written by Rody Vera, "Death March," had been selected in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival to compete in the competition in the Un Certain Regard Category.

It tackles one of the most poignant moments during the Second World War: the Bataan Death March where an estimated 75,000 prisoners of war -- 60,000 Filipinos and 15,000 Americans -- were forced to march 104 kilometers (65 miles) in 1942 from Mariveles and Bagac in Bataan to Camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac in the scorching heat amidst disease, starvation and maltreatment by the atrocious Japanese guards.

About 7,000 to 10,000 soldiers, mostly Filipinos, died as the Japanese troops forced them to embark on the trek during the early months of the war.

Attractively shot in black-and-white on artificial sets with actors generally grouped in tight formations that combine with slow-motion and a dense soundtrack, Director Adolfo Alix Jr. gets the film critics’ applause for his bold artistic innovations and for breathing life into this historical account which other filmmakers never had enough courage to tackle in the big screen.

The movie stars Sam Milby as Roy Cook, Zanjoe Marudo as Alex, Jason Abalos as Carlito, Sid Lucero as Miguel, Felix Roco as Fidel, Carlo Aquino as Claudio, Jacky Woo as Hatori, Luis Alandy, Benjamin Alves, among others.
March 24, 2014 / 3:00 PM

AFP Theater Camp Aguinaldo Quezon City

Tickets are available for free at the Veterans Memorial and Historical Division of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

For reservations / more information, call the Veterans Memorial & Historical Division of PVAO at 911-4296 Look for: Heitrid / Sally

Golf Tournament

Veterans Cup

The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) will be holding a golf tournament - the Veterans Golf Cup. The tournament is a fund-raiser for the Filipino War Veterans Foundation, Inc. or FILVETS - a non-stock, non-profit organization composed or veterans of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War and retirees from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

FILVETS, in partnership with PVAO, volunteer specialist and socio-civic / non-government organizations, conducts year–round medical outreach in far-flung areas and operates 11 medical outreach clinics nationwide to reach out to veterans and their families. It also offers technical skills education and training to AFP retirees or their dependents to help them secure jobs to enable them to support their families.

Among the prominent veterans who support the two-leg tournament are former President Fidel Valdez Ramos, Defense Sec. Voltaire T. Gazmin, former Defense Secretary Renato De Villa and retired AFP LtGen. Raul S. Urgello, Chairman and Executive Director of the FILVETS Foundation, respectively.
March 30, 2014 / 6:00 AM VMMC Golf Course

For tickets / sponsorship, call the Office of the Administrator at (02) 912-4526 Look for: Liza


Padyakan sa Bataan
In the spirit of the Araw ng Kagitingan, sports enthusiasts celebrate with the entire nation through participating in a 3-km mountain bike circuit race at the town of Mariveles.

The race, being celebrated for nine (9) years now, is being open to all mountain bike enthusiasts from Bataan, nearby provinces and Manila area with different race categories: Open category; Age; Fun; Heavy Weight; Single Speed; All Bataan and Kids Category.
March 30, 2014
6:00 AM
Karagatan Bayview Peaks
Mariveles, Bataan

Contact Person:
Ms. Techie Banzon
Bataan Tourism Officer


Parada ng Kagitingan (Float Parade)
The local government units (LGUs), national agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and civic societies gather in one event paying tribute and honor the sacrifices and heroism of the provinces’ veterans of World War II.

The living war veterans and their families who also grace this event will also witness the Parade of Floats which will end at the Capitol Grounds.
April 5, 2014
1:00 PM
Capitol Grounds
City of Balanga

Contact Person:
Ms. Techie Banzon
Bataan Tourism Officer


The Parade of Floats is participated by the (eleven) 11 municipalities and one (1) city in the province of Bataan. The floats depict the heroism of the Filipino soldiers during the 2nd World War and the development of the province after. The Parade of Floats will culminate in the celebration of the “Parangal sa mga Bayani” a program paying tribute to the War Veterans.

The local government units (LGUs), national agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and civic societies gather in one event paying tribute and honor the sacrifices and heroism of the provinces’ veterans of World War II.

The living war veterans and their families who also grace this event will also witness the Parade of Floats which will end at the Capitol Grounds.
April 5, 2014 / 4:00 PM Parade Route:
EGSA Avenue, City of Balanga to Capitol Compound, City of
Balanga for Historical floats
Flaming Sword , JJ Linao,
Pilar to Capitol Compound,
City of Balanga for Bataan at
present floats

Contact Person:
Ms. Techie Banzon
Bataan Tourism Officer


Bataan Freedom Run 2014
Become part of history as Philippine Veterans Bank presents the BATAAN FREEDOM RUN 2014, a marathon for runners of all ages to be held in historic Balanga, Bataan.

The BFR consists of several categories for runners of all types to choose from including the 50KM Ultra-Marathon, 10KM, 5KM, and 1KM. It also features a 500-meter Dash for kids and those running enthusiasts who like to enjoy their hobby with their furry friends!

This event is held in cooperation with the City of Balanga, the Provincial Government of Bataan, and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO).

Proceeds of the project will be used for the restoration of Bataan Historical Markers.
April 6, 2014 / 6:00 AM Balanga, Bataan

Registration for the BFR is ongoing at the Bataan Provincial Tourism Office, Balanga City Hall, and select PVB Branches.

For more info, please contact Without Limits (race organizer) at (02) 383-7658 during business hours or email

Photo Exhibit

A Glimpse of Yesteryears
The Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), as the country’s sole health care institution and medical facility for Filipino veterans and their qualified dependents, has also programmed a series of special events during the Philippine Veterans Week as a way for medical professionals and administrative staff to honor their patients and make them feel their tender loving care.

After the flag-raising ceremony and a salute to veteran patients at the VMMC Flagpole, the hospital management will open a photo exhibit at the VMMC lobby titled, “A Glimpse of Yesteryears” that will showcase decades-old photographs of veterans, World War II events and VMMC milestones.
April 7, 2014 (Monday) 8:00 A.M.

Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) Lobby

Cultural Night

El Gamma Penumbra with BPSU Chamber Chorale
A musical spectacle, in line with the celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan, is being offered yearly to all Bataeños. Nationally known local talents, such as the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Coke Bolipata, Ms. Lisa Macuja and Ballet Philippines are among the artists featured in the past years.

In time with the 9th celebration this year, the province of Bataan has invited the Bataan Peninsula Chamber Chorale, the province’s local talent who has been competing in various international competitions; and the El Gama Penumbra winner of the TV show Pilipinas Got Talent.
April 7, 2014 (Monday)
8:00 A.M.
Bataan Peoples Center, Balanga City

Photo Exhibit

Bataan Legacy
On December 8, 1941, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared a state of war between Japan and the United States. And yet, the ravages of war did not reach the shores of the continental United States. Instead, the war was fought in the former U.S. colony of the Philippines where thousands of Filipino and American soldiers as well as approximately one million Filipino civilians perished. Manila, once called the Pearl of the Orient, became the second most devastated city in the world during World War II. And yet today, seventy-two years later, the sacrifices of the defenders of Bataan are barely remembered, especially the Filipino defenders who made up 7/8 of the main line of resistance and died at a ratio of more than 10 to 1 compared to the American soldiers.

The Bataan Legacy Project is a series of projects created to depict the real story of World War II in the Philippines and the major role of the Filipinos during the war. The Fall of Bataan is only remembered as the largest single surrender in U.S. military history. What is not remembered are the sacrifices of the Filipino and American troops who were abandoned by the United States in Bataan. Despite suffering from massive starvation and disease, the defenders of Bataan held on for four months to disrupt the timetable of the Imperial Japanese Army. This enabled the Allied Forces to harness the necessary resources to turn the tide of war and eventually led to the defeat of the Axis Forces.
April 7-14 2014
8:00 A.M.
Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco
447 Sutter St., 6th Fl, San Francisco, CA 94108

April 9, 2014
8:00 A.M.
Los Angeles, California

For information, call
Ms. Cecilia Gaerlan,
Executive Director of Bataan Legacy Historical Project
at (415) 433-6666, extension 313 or
(510) 520-8540

Facebook: BataanLegacy

Veteran's Reunion

Bataan Legacy Memorial Day Commemoration
Filipino & American World War II Veterans & Survivors reunite after 72 years in the commemoration of the Bataan Memorial Day.

This event is held in partnership between the Bataan Legacy Historical Project and the Office of the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, California, USA
26 May 2014
Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco
447 Sutter St., 6th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94108

Health Fair

Medical & Surgical Mission
Specialists and surgeons from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), the country’s sole health care institution and medical facility for Filipino veterans and their qualified dependents, will be offering various medical and surgical services for free at Camp Gen. Servillano Aquino, Tarlac City – home of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) – Armed Forces of the Philippines.

This medical and surgical mission will be co-sponsored by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Provincial Government of Tarlac headed by Hon. Victor A. Yap, Governor.

It will be open not just for veterans and military retirees but to the general public as well.
April 8, 2014 (Tuesday) 8:00 A.M.

Camp Gen. Servillano Aquino
San Miguel, Tarlac City

History Quiz

Tagisan Diwang Bataan: History Quiz Bee

A province wide quiz open to all 1st year high schools on the history, culture and geography of Bataan will be held on April 8. Estimated thirty-five students from the different private and public high schools in the province are expected to compete in the finals of the history quiz.
April 8, 2014, 1:00 PM
Karagatan Bayview Peaks
Mariveles, Bataan
Contact Person:

Ms. Techie Banzon
Bataan Tourism Officer

Open House

VMMC Open House
As the nation commemorates the Araw ng Kagitingan being led traditionally by the President and Commander in Chief, the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), the country’s sole health care institution and medical facility for Filipino veterans and their qualified dependents, will be celebrating the same with an Open House.

Special food to be served to all patients of VMMC with thoughtful Greeting Cards straight from heart of the hospital’s healthcare experts and administrative staff.
April 9, 2014 (Wednesday)
9:00 A.M.
Veterans Memorial Medical Center
North Avenue Quezon City


The Kagitingan Tour

The Hunters-ROTC Historical Society with the Department of Tourism, in coordination with the TWC, will hold the 3rd commemorative bicycle tour for Araw ng Kagitingan on April 09, 2014 dubbed the “Kagitingan Cycling Tour.” This cycling event is dedicated to memorializing the victories Filipino guerrillas during the Japanese occupation in World War II.

This edition of the Kagitingan Cycling Tour will be around Laguna Lake. It will start at Fort Bonifacio, go around the Lake and end at Fort Bonifacio. The route is more than 200 kilometers. As before, this won't be a race. It will first go through Rizal and then Laguna. There will be scheduled rest stops along the way.

The whole route will traverse the coast of Laguna Lake giving riders the bracing lake breezes of Laguna de Bay. It will visit Angono, one of ASEAN's cultural centers, pass the fishing towns of Cardona and Pililla, experience the rustic scenery of Jala-jala, Mabitac, Siniloan and Pangil, the pilgrimage site of Pakil, the wood-carving town of Paete, the historical towns of Pangsanjan and Pila, the spa and resort towns of Los Banos and Calamba, towards the more modern tourist sites in Sta. Rosa and San Pedro before entering Metro Manila.
April 9, 2014 (Wednesday)
4:00 A.M.
Hunters-ROTC Guerrilla Field
Fort Bonifacio

Open to all cycling enthusiasts. No fees.
Just sign up at its website

Cut-off date for online registration is April 05, Participants may also register at each of the 5 stations of the Tour (see map and rules online).

For more information, look up kagitingantour on Facebook and Twitter.

Info: Rhett Daza - 09177503596

Replication Ceremony

Araw ng Kagitingan Rites

Like the traditional Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) rites commemorated in the Philippines, a replication ceremony will be held at the Philippine Embassy in Washigton, DC, USA.

The event will commence with a Wreath-Laying ceremony at the WWII MEMORIAL, National Mall , between 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Participants will include Philippine Embassy Personnel and FIL-AM Community of Metro DC.

It will be led by HON. MARIA ANDRELITA AUSTRIA, Chargé d’ Affaires, Philippine Embassy.

At 6:30PM, a commemoration program will follow at the Romulo Hall, Philippine Embassy during which Recognition of WW2 Veterans and families present.
April 9, 2014
4:00 P.M.
Office of Veterans Affairs Embassy of the Philippines
1600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

For information, call:
MGen. Delfin N. Lorenzana, AFP (Ret)
Tel: 202-467-9427; 202-467-9410
Cell: 202-714-3165; 703-763-240

Variety Show

A Veterans Fair and Variety Show dubbed “LOLO KO BETERANO, IDOL KO” – Part 2 will cap this year’s Philippine Veterans Week at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), the country’s sole health care institution and medical facility for Filipino veterans and their qualified dependents.

It will feature performances from the VMMC Medical Professional Staff headed by Dr. Nona F. Legaspi, the Director of the VMMC herself.

The show will culminate with the Volunteer Awards & Recognition Ceremony to acknowledge and honor civilian volunteers who devote their time, effort and even resources in serving the hospital and the veterans it serves.
April 11, 2014 (Friday)
9:00 A.M.
Veterans Memorial Medical Center
North Avenue Quezon City


APRIL 05-11, 2014


Sunrise Ceremony

Commencing the week-long observance of the Philippine Veterans week is the Sunrise Ceremony held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City. This tradition provides an opportunity for Filipino veterans to honor their fallen comrades and for the families of these veterans to do the same. Thus, soldiers and civilians, veterans and the youth, gather in this symbolic event to offer flowers to those who have offered their lives in the altar of freedom amid the majestic rising of the sun in the horizon that symbolizes the dawning of a new era of freedom, peace and democracy.

Guest of Honor & Speaker:
AFP Commanding General
Philippine Army
April 5, 2014
6:00 AM
Libingan ng mga Bayani
Fort Andres Bonifacio
Taguig City

Wreath-Laying Ceremony

The Wreath-Laying Ceremony is an institutional way of venerating the memory of Filipino patriots and martyrs who laid down their lives for the motherland, thus offering the most supreme sacrifice of all.

War veteran leaders, veterans support institutions, veterans servicing institutions, and organizations of men and women in World War II resistance movements offer memorial wreaths, followed by youth leaders who represent the hope and the future of the nation, upon whose hands the veterans bequeath the precious blessings of freedom, peace and democracy, and the task of safeguarding these gifts which they have defended at the cost of their lives.

Guest of Honor & Speaker:
Secretary of National Defense
April 5, 2014
7:00 AM
Libingan ng mga Bayani
Fort Andres Bonifacio
Taguig City

Review in Honor of the Veterans

The Review in Honor of the Veterans is the way by which the Armed Forces of the Philippines pay tribute to their forebears and the country’s senior defenders – the Filipino war veterans, and of bringing to fore the Filipino’s peculiar brand of heroism and love for country.

In this time-honored annual tradition of the AFP, men and women in the uniformed service show their respect and snappy to veterans for their unparalleled sacrifices, numerous accomplishments and the distinct values which shaped the Armed Forces into what it has now become - a more capable, more professional and more reliable Armed Forces of the people.

A battalion-sized contingent from the AFP performs the review wherein veterans are paraded and accorded honors at par with high-ranking military officers and visiting dignitaries who are entitled to such honor. The review has four elements: the formation of troops, presentation and honors, ceremonial inspection (passing around the troops) and march in review where the veterans-leaders will stand in front of the stage to acknowledge the parading troops.

Guest of Honor & Speaker:
Vice President of the Philippines
April 5, 2014
9:00 AM
Guerrilla Field
Philippine Army Headquarters
Fort Andres Bonifacio,
Taguig City

Tribute To All Filipino Heroes

The annual Tribute to All Filipino Heroes traditionally observed at the historic Corregidor Island is done to honor all Filipino heroes, patriots, martyrs and defenders who fought and died for country’s freedom and liberty – from the time of Lapu-Lapu to the Philippine Revolution against Spain, Filipino-American War and World War II.

It also honors Filipino defenders who fought in the Korean War, Vietnam War, veterans of military campaigns, members of humanitarian contingents to other countries and our modern-day veterans who render honorable military service in defending the country in times of war or peace and in faithfully upholding their duty to preserve our sovereignty and national security.

This memorial at the Filipino Heroes Memorial is attended by veterans and other guests from Manila, Bataan or Cavite who are ferried by the vessels of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard and Sun Cruises.

The program features the “Tolling of Bell” by a veteran, with a youth representative reciting a pledge extolling those who sacrificed their lives for their love for the Philippines and vowing to keep the flame of patriotism ever burning in the hearts of Filipinos of all generations.

After the program, guests are given a tour around the historic place, including the light-and-sound show at the Malinta Tunnel.

Guest of Honor & Speaker:
Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reserve Affairs
April 7, 2014
9:00 AM
Filipino Heroes Memorial
Corregidor Island , Cavite

Araw ng Kagitingan

People of all ages, professions, and nationalities, flock to Mt. Samat, Pilar, Bataan for the annual commemoration of the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) that is traditionally led by no less than the President of the Philippines.

The nation gathers at the Dambana ng Kagitingan or the Shrine of Valor, the historic spot which is considered as the alter of heroism in the country, in order to look back and pay tribute to the heroism of the Filipino and American veterans of World War II—soldiers who did not think twice about taking bullets for their country; soldiers who battled not just against their enemies, but against hunger, and the gruelling challenges of war; valiant soldiers who managed to hold onto hope in the midst of danger and uncertainty. Back then, and to this day, the Shrine of Valor stands as a symbol—not just of the courage they displayed, but of the depth of their sacrifice made in the name of their country and their countrymen.*

In addition to the tributes and commemorations being held to honor the nation’s defenders, the Araw ng Kagitingan usually serves as the venue for the President to address the veterans and their families and reaffirm the State’s commitment to care of them by announcing good news about their benefits and privileges.

Guided by the shining examples of Filipino veterans, the President exhorts the people to offer acts of selfless sacrifices for the nation to achieve meaningful change.

The ANK rites also underscores the participation of three nations – Philippines, the USA and Japan who were once in conflict with each other but are now allies in pursuing peace, stability, and progress, a fitting testament that the best defense against misunderstanding is close cooperation, exchange, and adherence and upholding of international law. *

* President’s 2013 Araw ng Kagitingan Speech

Guest of Honor & Speaker:
President of the Philippines
April 9, 2014
9:00 AM
Mt. Samat National Shrine
Pilar, Bataan

Paggunita sa Capas

The “Paggunita sa Capas,” is a day of remembrance for our freedom-fighters who experienced the horrendous Death March and became prisoners-of-war (POW) at Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac – one of the Japanese concentration camps that turned into an interment ground for about 20,000 Filipino and 1,600 American soldiers who died due to sickness, deprivation and enemy brutality during the war.

Now known as the Capas National Shrine, it boasts of an Obelisk with a towering height of 73 meters, standing as the focal center of the shrine which symbolizes peace. The needle-like tower consists of three sections which represent the Filipino, American and Japanese people in this modern age of global peace, who have learned the lessons of war.

The event commences with festivities and entertainment featuring performances from youth groups from various schools from Capas and nearby towns. It also includes a symbolic wreath-laying before the three-prong steeple by veterans, descendants of veterans, guests, public officials and youth groups; ceremonial military elements like the gun salute and playing of TAPS, a chopper-orchestrated flower drop and a recognition ceremony for World War II veterans.

Guest of Honor & Speaker:
Representative, 3d District of Tarlac
April 10, 2014
9:00 AM
Capas National Shrine, Capas, Tarlac

Sunset Ceremony

Sunset ceremony is the culminating activity of the Philippine Veterans Week. Held at dusk during the last day of the week-long observance, veterans, widows, children and great grand children of veterans gather before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City like one big happy family.

A Eucharistic Mass begins the event, followed by a solemn program where guests share their personal reflections on how their lives were touched by the veteran in their respective families. It ends with the mass recitation of “Pledge of Patriotism,” and a signing of the same pledge simultaneous with a candle-lighting activity in honor of the veterans.

Guest of Honor & Speaker:
President, Filipino War Veterans Foundation, Inc.
April 11, 2014
5:00 PM
Libingan ng mga Bayani, Taguig City

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