64th Anniversary of the Liberation of Panay and Romblon

us-navy-capturing-powMarch 18 has been declared a non-working special holiday in the islands of Panay and Romblon including the cities of Iloilo and Roxas in line with the commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the liberation of Panay and Romblon.

The celebration will be observed at the Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine in Jaro, Iloilo City. It is the only military cemetery established outside Metro Manila and the venue of the bloodiest battle of the guerilla forces against the Japanese Imperial forces.

panay-guerilla-forcesThe patriotism and gallantry of Filipino soldiers who teamed up with the Allied Forces during the Second World War liberated Panay and Romblon islands on March 18, 1945.

The holiday declaration is stipulated in former President Corazon Aquino’s Proclamation No. 430 or “An Act Declaring March 18 of every year as Victory Day in the Islands of Panay and Romblon including the cities of Iloilo and Roxas” issued in 1989.

LCM Carrying Troops, Mindanao River

LCM Carrying Troops, Mindanao River

“March 18, 1945 is of great historical and sentimental significance to both the veterans and the people of Panay and Romblon because it was the day when the Panay Guerilla Forces launched the final assault on the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces,” said part of the proclamation. A Panay Liberation Marker was also built in Tigbauan, Iloilo to memorialize the 1945 event.

by A. Lumaque (PIA)

Liberation of Panay Memorabilia

The March of Panay Guirellas at Iloilo City

The March of Panay Guirellas at Iloilo City

Japanase Soldiers assigned in Capiz during World War II

Japanase Soldiers assigned in Capiz during World War II

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The Landing of American Soldiers at Tigbauan, Iloilo on March 18, 1945

The Landing of American Soldiers at Tigbauan, Iloilo on March 18, 1945

 


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2 responses to “64th Anniversary of the Liberation of Panay and Romblon

  1. nickjommelsalido

    God Bless Iloilo City!!!

  2. frances

    im proud to a Filipino. IM AN ILONGGO!!

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