To commemorate Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) yesterday, the Philippine government launched a microsite dedicated to the Filipino war veterans who fought during World War II.
Araw ng Kagitingan is a national holiday that commemorates the Fall of Bataan during World War II. The new microsite covers the history of the Fall of Bataan, including memoirs, videos, photos, and an interactive map.
A screenshot of the interactive map that shows the path 78,000 prisoners took when forced to undergo the Death March
The “Veterans” page of the site houses an excerpt A Century’s Journey: Memoirs of Jose P. Javier, M.D. Captain Javier is one of the oldest surviving veterans of WWII at 104 years, along with his brother, 3rd Lt. Fernando P. Javier, at 106 years. The page also links to several other excerpts from war veterans’ memoirs.
The Gallery section of the site features an auto-playing slideshow of photos taken during WWII. There seems to be a problem with the photos captions (the first photo’s caption is for the second photo, the second photo’s caption is for the third photo, and so on), but it’s a beautiful tribute all the same.
The microsite is a fitting homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed so much for our country, and is a good way to help Filipinos cherish and learn about their history in this digital age.
As Captain Salvador P. Lopez once said in his iconic speech (read by Third Lieutenant Normando Ildefonso Reyes): “Bataan has fallen, but the spirit that made it stand — a beacon to all the liberty-loving peoples of the world — cannot fall!”
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