Philippine Government Commemorates Araw ng Kagitingan with Online Tribute

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.

A screenshot of the Araw ng Kagitingan microsite

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.

An map showing the path Filipino and American soldiers took during the Death March in 1942A 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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Jobelle Omang

Jobelle Omang

Jobelle Omang is the Marketing Specialist for TrueLogic Online Solutions, Inc. Part of her job is to deliver tactical online marketing strategies, campaigns and content programs for TrueLogic and other internal brands. When not working, you can see her either reading, writing, painting, drawing, or teaching kids.May or may not be obsessed with Doctor Who.