19 May, 2017, Wha Chi Memorial Monument Chinese Cemetery – The Wha Chi 48th Squadron Veterans Legion, Inc. marked their 75th Founding Anniversary in honor of the gallant Chinese men who helped Filipino soldiers against the Japanese Imperial Army.
The Wha Chi Guerillas, which full name in Chinese means Overseas Chinese Anti-Japanese Guerilla Force, were Chinese workers who left the Japanese-controlled Manila to fight in the countryside. With the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) guerillas and the Huks, the Wha Chi helped liberate the towns of Jaen, Sta. Maria, Cabiao, San Fernando, and Tarlac.
PVAO Deputy Administrator MGen. Raul Z. Caballes AFP (Ret) represented PVAO Administrator, LtGen. Ernesto G. Carolina AFP (Ret) as Guest of Honor and Speaker of the event. He commended the valor of the Chinese people who helped not only during the war but until today through the conduct of various charity works here in the Philippines. “The Wha Chi remained true to their purpose – to serve Filipino people,” he added.
After the ceremonial wreath-laying, Deputy Administrator Caballes, together with the other guests, were toured in the mini-museum of the Wha Chi Memorial Monument which beautifully relives the courage of Wha Chi. Later, PVAO Veterans Affairs Management Division (VAMD) Chief, MGen. Alfredo S. Cayton AFP (Ret) attended the second part of the occasion wherein the Sons and Daughters of the Wha Chi 48th Squadron showcased their talents during the socials.