PROVINCIAL CAPITOL -To rekindle the heroism of the Filipino soldiers who died during World War II, the province has lined up various activities for the 76th Araw ng Kagitingan calling it a program that was “never seen before.”
Mrs. Vicky Sandejas Garcia, mother of Gov. Abet S. Garcia and Chairperson of the Bataan Peninsula Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. (BPTCFI), said during Tuesday’s press conference here that the line up activities for this year’s Araw ng Kagitingan celebration is “a unique one that will depict the heroic act of our soldiers who died in defending our country during the Second World War.” She added that the goal of the program is to show the youth the sacrifices of our forefathers during those dark days of the war.
Mrs. Garcia also said that all the 11 towns and Balanga City will participate in the parade of floats come April 6, for this will depict what happened during the war, hence the public can see “a program that was never seen before.”
“As early as March 24, runners and bikers will commemorate the Death March through a 160km Freedom Trail starting from Mariveles town to Capas, Tarlac,” Provincial Tourism Office Head Christina Enriquez said.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) led by its provincial director Nelin Cabahug on the other hand, will be holding a Trade Fair from April 4 to 9 at the Balanga City plaza where various local products will be sold to the public.
Garcia also said that one important part of the program will be the “Parangal sa mga Beterano.”
Other activities include Senior Citizens’ Night, Bataan Cooperatives and Entrepreneur’s Night, Foot Parade, Military Band, and Koro Bangkal Magbikin Concert.
The highlight will be on April 9 as President Rodrigo R. Duterte leads the commemoration at the Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat, Pilar town and is expected to be attended by various foreign diplomats including officials from the embassies of the United States and Japan.