BAGUIO CITY, April 11 (PIA) -- The City Government of Baguio led the commemoration of “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Valor Day) at the Veterans’ Park along Harrison Road on Monday (April 9) with the theme, “Kagitingan at Pagmamahal sa Pilipinas Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” that aims to spur the love and patriotism of Filipinos towards bringing true and meaningful change to the country.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice Mayor Edison Bilog and Congressman Mark Go led other city officials, surviving World War II veterans and family members of their fallen comrades in commemorating the sacrifices, the triumph and defeats of the veterans just for the people to enjoy the freedom they have today.
Philippine Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Donato San Juan II, in his keynote message read by PMA Asst. Supt. Ferdinand Cartujano, outlined the important message of the commemoration.
Through the celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan, the country gives due recognition to the bravery of Filipino and American soldiers who fought during the World War II particularly in the battle in Bataan on April 9, 1942 and the Prisoners of War that endured the Death March (Bataan to Tarlac) that day, many of them gallantly sacrificing their lives for the love of the country.
San Juan stressed that the word “Kagitingan” or valor nowadays does not only apply to the Armed Forces of the Philippines who have the sworn duty to defend the country and protect the country’s independence from possible oppressor. Even civilians in their own little ways who work toward bringing greater good and meaningful change for the country can be considered as an act of valor, he said.
“Kagitingan is having the strong will to do what is right and correct what is wrong in our work and in our home; showing courage to stand by your principle towards common good, and expressing heroism by believing that in everything that we do, may it be a small or big thing, it will have a good effect to the people around us and the world that we move in,” he expounded.
“Lakas ng loob, katapangan at kabayanihan, are the traits needed to relive to showcase real valor by being truthful to ourselves and to others in doing our work; having the strong will to do what is right as guided by the existing laws that govern us and by having courage in fighting corruption or in revealing corruptive acts,” San Juan said.
“Through such actions, may they be small, can bring greater good to the country and those are the true marks of valor and love for our country,” he concluded. Carlito C. Dar (ALT/CCD/PIA CAR)