Issue of September 1, 2019
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Various events lined up for 74th Victory Day in Kiangan
by Daniel B. Codamon / PIA

KIANGAN, Ifugao – The province has lined up various activities to celebrate the 74th World War II Victory Day here.

The celebration commemorates the day of surrender of Japanese Imperial Army Commander Tomoyuki Yamashita, also known as the “Tiger of Malaya,” on Sept. 2, 1945 to Filipino and American Forces led by Captain Grisham of the 6th United States Army who were stationed at the Old Home Economics Building of the Kiangan Central School (now made as a Peace Museum) that finally ended WWII in the Far East Asia.

With the theme “Freedom: Engine for inclusive growth,” the celebration will start today with  prayer service at the Peace Museum grounds at 3 p.m. followed by wreath laying and lighting of candles for deceased veterans.

On Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. will be the parade from the municipal gym at Barangay Poblacion to the Kiangan World War II Memorial Shrine where welcome honors, wreath-laying ceremony and the 21-gun salute will be conducted at 9 a.m. and followed by the anniversary program.

Mayor Raldis Bulayungan will deliver his welcome remarks while Gov. Jerry Dalipog, Rep. Solomon Chungalao, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office Administrator Ernesto Carolina and  Manuel Pamaran, president of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines will  give inspirational  messages.

The keynote speaker is Ifugao’s pride, B/Gen. Jesus Cambay Jr., secretary of the Directorial Staff of the Philippine National Police and former Metro Boracay Police Task Force commander.

He was one of three police generals who were awarded for their contribution in the rehabilitation efforts of Boracay during the 118th police service anniversary.

Sen. Christopher Go has been invited to attend and deliver his message but whose attendance has not yet been confirmed.

PVAO will lead the awarding of plaques to veterans.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved on Oct. 30, 2018  Republic Act  11120  declaring Sept. 2 of every year a special nonworking holiday in the province in commemoration of the surrender of Yamashita in Kiangan. It  also enjoins the provincial government in coordination with the municipal government of Kiangan, the National Historic Commission of the Philippines, the PVAO  and the Military Shrine Service to lead appropriate and meaningful commemorative programs and activities to be participated by officials and employees of the national, provincial and municipal offices and instrumentalities, and civic, religious, non-government, business and civil society organizations in order to give significance and honor the heroes and heroines who contributed to the Philippine liberation from the Japanese forces.

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