CEBU CITY, Philippines - In recognition for their nationalism, heroism and bravery in defending our country against foreign subjugation, the Cebu City’s commemoration of the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan or Philippine Day of Valor was carried out in honor of the War Veterans today April 9, 2017 Sunday.
In his message, Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña emphasized that War Veterans sacrificed just to give our people a future, citing that this celebration is a reminder that we owe it to them.
Thousands of Cebuanos flocked to the city’s historical Plaza independencia who witnessed and partook in the commemoration in honor of the soldiers who fought to defend the country from the Japanese during World War II.
A Holy Mass kicked off the activity officiated by Rev. Fr. Jonathan D. Rublin at 7:30am which was offered to the brave soldiers who died fighting for our country. A Prayer for the Nation was also offered.
War Veterans who attended today's commemoration were also honored with a 21-gun salute.
Mayor Osmeña led the Flag Raising Ceremony after the Mass. It was followed by a floral offering to recognize the Veterans at the Veteran's Monument in the Veteran’s Shrine inside Plaza independencia.
For his part, Regional Vice President Rodulfo Bumaat Jr. of Veterans Federation of the Philippines 7 shared, "We must then hope that by this time we can create an independent nation that can further emphasize and maintain peace, towards tomorrow honouring the freedom we are protecting."
The program ended with a ribbon cutting intended for the Static Display for the Veterans dubbed as "Camp Kagitingan" where some military equipment, services, war vehicles, among others are being presented. The exhibit is open to the public for free which will run until April 11 Tuesday.
With the theme, "Parangal sa mga Beterano Tungo sa Bayan na Nararapat sa Pilipino, Pilipino na Nararapat sa Bayan,” the commemoration was intended to reminisce the efforts and sacrifices of the Filipinos soldiers in command of Bataan who maintained the siege for the defense against the Japanese forces.
The annual activity was spearheaded by the Cebu City Cultural and Historical Affairs Office. The all out support of everyone wrapped-up its huge success. (By Precious Coleen Enot, Shyra Butantan/CNU Comm Interns with Greggy Jiggs Senados, Photos by Tito Basilisco and Oliver Lim)