Ifugao, Philippines – The provincial government of Ifugao along with Kiangan local government commemorated on Friday, September 2, the 77th anniversary of the Philippine victory against the World War II Japanese aggression.
On the said day in 1945, Japanese Imperial Army Commander Tomoyuki Yamashita, also known as the “Tiger of Malaya”, surrendered to the joint Filipino and American Troops led by Captain Grisham of the 6th United States Army at their garrison at the Old Home Economics Building of the Kiangan Central School.
Dubbed as the “Victory Day,” the surrender of Yamashita finally ended the World War II, marking the liberation of the Philippines from the oppressive Japanese rule.
For this year’s celebration, officials in the province were joined by the Commander Officer of the 54th Infantry Battalion, Media Relations Officer, Dr. Leo Palo III representing the guest of honor Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, Administrator of Philippine Veterans Affair’s Office, Undersecretary Reynaldo B. Mapagu, 702nd Brigade Commander, and other guests who visited the place to pay their respect to the veterans.
In a ceremony held at the Kiangan War Memorial Shrine, Linda, Kiangan, some 16 veterans were honored.
Two living veterans received their own awards in recognition of their heroism, while posthumous awards were given to the family members or relatives of the 14 others, reported the local government unit of Kiangan.
“We pay a snappy salute to all our veterans who fought for our freedom from the tyranny of colonizers. Hagiyo!” expressed Kiangan LGU through their social media page.
The event was anchored with the theme “Enduring Peace: Engine for Health and Economic Recovery.”
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