PH Consulate pays tribute to SF Pinoy WWII vets

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Buearu

May 27, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – World War II Filipino and American veterans and their families gathered at the Philippine Consulate yesterday, to recognize the historical significance that the Philippines played in the war.

Stories of Bataan and Corregidor reminded those in attendance of the bravery and legacy of those who served.

Various speakers were in attendance to give honor to the veterans.

Army Major General Eldon Regua announced that currently there is a proposal in Washington D.C. for President Barack Obama to award the Congressional Medal of Honor to Filipino veterans.

Creator of the Bataan Legacy Historical Project, Cecilia Gaerlan said, “The war happened in the Philippines where thousands of Filipino and Americans soldiers died and a million civilians died. We need to commemorate and that needs to be taught not in just schools in California but the United States because without those sacrifices we would not be enjoying the freedom that we have today.”

World War II U.S. Army veteran David Tejada said, “Just remember all my co-soldiers that they were brought up that they didn’t survive while the others are still alive and getting old.”

World War II Filipino guerrilla fighter Lourdes Catig-Poblete said, “I’m still alive and I could see some of them are a little older than I am and they have served our country with bravery with loyalty and for the love of country.”

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Kikay Pang0
    28 May 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    This fake Filipino Vets wouldn’t even know the famous US Gen. that liberate Phil.

    • cat_idiot
      28 May 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      General Electric?

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