MARIVELES, Bataan – Mariveles, one of the two starting points of the infamous Bataan Death March (the other one is in Bagac), commemorated the event on April 10 led by municipal officials and military representatives from the US Embassy.
“We held a program at the ‘Pinagsimulan ng Death March Marker’ participated by municipal officials, the 3 military representatives from the US Embassy, police, barangay officials and local folks”, said Vice Mayor Lito Rubia. “The program was highlighted by wreath-laying at the marker”, he added.
Aside from Rubia, joining the commemoration were Mayor AJ Concepcion, Councilors Turing Isip, Angel Sunga, Tito Catipon, Joey Carandang, Susan Murillo, Harry Golocan, Manuel Pacayay, and Em Reyes.
The Bataan Death March was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of about 60,000 – 80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war from Mariveles and Bagac, Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac where thousands perished.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Death March.