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A Salute to WWII Heroes: Philippine Veterans Week 5-11 April 2016


Every 9th of April, we celebrate “Day of Valour” or “Araw ng Kagitingan” in memory of the heroism of the Filipino and American soldiers who fought against the Japanese Forces in World War II. Many of these soldiers died during the “Death March” on 09 April 1942. Therefore, during this national public holiday, we honour their sacrifices and heroism that brought freedom to this nation.




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This holiday also commemorates the historical significance of Corregidor Island in Philippine history. Corregidor is an island found at the entrance of Manila Bay, southwestern part of Luzon Island. It is near Bataan and located in Cavite. This island’s location is strategic for the defence of Manila, thus it had several coastal artillery and ammunition. This was the key defence line against enemy warships. This is also known as the largest island that consisted the harbour defenses of Manila Bay. Corregidor Island is best remembered for its military function during the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese.


For more information about the Philippine holiday “Day of Valour”:

To Live in Freedom’s Light on Day of Valour – 09 April 2014






This week, take time to get familiar with Philippine history and this nation’s role during WWII in partnership with United States and Australia. “The Fall of Bataan” on 9 April 1942 is one important chapter of the war in the Pacific. In other places in the Philippines, many Filipinos refused to surrender and secretly organised various guerrilla units to fight the Japanese. One of the youngest and earliest groups that was formed was the Hunters ROTC Guerrillas.


The film company Spyron-AV Manila presents the film showing of the award-winning “Unsurrendered 2 – The Hunters ROTC Guerrillas”. This is an inspirational story on how young college students bravely defied the Japanese rule, planned and headed successful rescue operations and more.


Here is their media release:


“UNSURRENDERED 2” has FIVE public screenings around Manila this week! Free showings at Ateneo de Manila University and UP Manila, and a special free screening at Proyekto’s “Digmaan!”, a lecture about the heroism of Filipinos during World War II, with Prof. John Ray Ramos and Prof. Xiao Chua (Michael Charleston Briones Chua), at the Araneta Center’s Gateway Gallery.


Meet the writer and director Bani Logroño and the rest of the Spyron-AV Manila production team! Meet the Philippines’ top historians and professors in World War II Philippine history! Meet the sons and daughters of the legendary Hunters ROTC Guerrillas!”


For more info on the lecture:
A Bani Logroño Film, sponsored by Philippine Veterans Bank and The Music Source. A Peter Parsons-Lucky Guillermo Presentation.



  • 2015 Golden Award from World Documentary Awards, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2015 Best Documentary Feature Film from Kiwi International Film Festival, New Zealand
  • 2015 International Documentary Award from Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Fest, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • 2016 Royal Reel Award, Canada International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada


“Unsurrendered 2” is a Peter Parsons-Lucky Guillermo Presentation, directed by Bani Logroño, produced by Mai Guillermo and sponsored by Philippine Veterans Bank and The Music Source.




For more information about the film:
New Filipino World War II Documentary “Unsurrendered 2”

Understanding the Value of Freedom in Manila




On Saturday, attend this informative and educational lecture and film showing:

“Hindi tayo talunan! We won the war!” #ProyektoLiveDigmaan


Learn about the heroism of Filipinos in World War II.


-A talk by John Ray Ramos, history teacher & writer, and co-founder of Proyekto

-Special Screening of UNSURRENDERED 2: The Hunters ROTC Guerrillas by Spyron-AV Manila.

-Special participation of Prof. Xiao Chua (Michael Charleston Briones Chua)


April 9, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Gateway Gallery, 5th floor Gateway Tower, Araneta Center

Cubao, Quezon City. (Enter via Gateway Mall)


Php200 Students

Php220 Teachers

Php250 Regular


Fees include souvenir and certificate


To Reserve: Contact Proyekto at 09202228889

(*“Digmaan” ~ war)


(Photo courtesy of


Facts about Bataan Day:
  • In 1987, Executive Order No.203 renames the holiday “Araw ng Kagitingan”.
  • Republic Act 3022 made “Araw ng Kagitingan” a holiday.
  • In 1989, Proclamation 466 declared April 5-11 as “Veterans Week”.
  • Bataan Day is also celebrated in Maywood, Illinois, USA.
  • Mt. Samat Shrine was built in honour of the Death March heroes.
  • For more information about visiting Corregidor Island, please see Weekends Away: Corregidor Island.



Author: Marcelle Villegas
Photo source:
Spyron-AV Manila Facebook Page –
Philippine Veterans Weekend and Araw ng Kagitingan Facebook page –



  2. PVAO launch of the 2016 observance of the Philippine Veterans Week and 74th Araw ng Kagitingan –






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