8 Historical Facts and Numbers on Freedom Trail March

Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Bataan government, Tarlac government, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and Philippine Air force started a grueling 3-day march.

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The “Obelisk” at the Capas National Shrine

The march started  midnight of March 1 (Friday) started the kick off ceremonies in commemoration of the 77th year of the Death March and concluded at Capas Memorial Shrine in Tarlac on March 3 (Sunday) past 8:30 pm.

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Philippine Army and Navy marching along Bamban, Tarlac highway

Mr. Tomas Cloa, Jr. (PVB) Vice president said the original Death March lasted for four days after Bataan fell to the Japanese invaders on April 9, 1942.

8 Historical Facts and Numbers about the Freedom Trail March

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Death March Memorial Shrine in Capas, Tarlac province

1.)  Freedom Trail March, it retraces the 140 kilometers of actual route of the Death March from the ( zero) O- kilometer Death March marker in Mariveles, Bataan to Capas in Tarlac.

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Bamban bridge, Tarlac

2.) Death March is considered as one of the darkest days in the country’s history. There were 60,000 to 80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war from Bagac and Mariveles towns in Bataan to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.

3.) About 2,000 living World War II veterans are still alive.

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4.) United States Navy Seal 21 members of the United States Navy Seal participated for the first time.

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5.) Epic Charity Challenge from the United States headed by its director Dr. Lance Cummings of California together with 17 members aimed to raise $100,000 this year to be given to athletes needing prosthetic and metal shoes.

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Cristo Rey High School students

6.) 77 Students from Cristo Rey High School which symbolizes the 77 years of Death March were at the lightning of torch. The school was known as O’Donnel’s Rettlement High School. The place is popularly called NAVY.

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Maj. Gen. Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana, AFP (Ret.) 

Secretary of Defense Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana led the torch lighting ceremony at the shrine.

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boodle meal

boodle meal dishes which included steam white rice, fried pork liempo, roasted chicken, salted duck eggs, slice tomatoes, slice mangoes, pork chicharon, steamed egg plant, steamed okra, steamed kangkong with bagoong and vinegar .

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7.) Boodle Fights– After a long day march, everyone enjoyed a hearty boodle fight meal.

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Mr. Roberto de Ocampo

8.) Philippine Veterans Bank is owned by Philippine war veterans and prime mover in commemorating the event. Mr. Roberto De Ocampo ( former Finance secretary during President Fidel Ramos term 1992 to 1998 ) is the chairperson of the banking institution.

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Philippine Living History members

Mr. Robert Hudson, vice-president of Filipino-American Memorial, said the Death March markers are well-maintained, now with the assistance of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

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souvenir items for sale

souvenir items for sale, These included black and white color shirts ( Php 400 each), marble obelisk kilometer marker- Php 150 and refrigerator magnets.

A big salute to all the soldiers and to the organizers of this annual freedom run .

Philippine Veterans Bank Inagugurates ” New” San Fernando , Branch and World War II History Wall

Philippine Veterans Bank inaugurates its World War II History Wall at its newly renovated San Fernando, Pampanga province branch in a ceremony led by Governor Lilia Pineda and City Mayor Edwin Santiago. On the side of the Bank, PVB President and COO Nonilo C. Cruz, along with Branch Banking Group Head SVP Vilma A.

In Photo: PVB president and COO Nonilo Cruz, City of San Fernando Branch head Alma Valdez, Provincial Board Member Cherry Manalo, Governor Pineda’s Chief of Staff Councilor Fritzie Dizon, Engr. Romelia Agoncillo and PVB SVP Roberto Palasigui cut the ribbon during the inauguration ofthe newly renovated Philippine Veterans Bank (Pampanga) Branch.

World War II History Wall

The centerpiece of the renovated branch, the World War II History Wall – tells the story of World War II in the Philippines with several of the panels dedicated to local WWII events that have happened in the Province of Pampanga. The branch also has two (2) display cases that contain artifacts, paraphernalia, and memorabilia from the war which combined with the history wall, make a visit to PVB San Fernando Pampanga branch almost like a trip to the museum. The history wall also has a panel with a display monitor that continuously screens WW2 documentaries and photos.

PVB San Fernando Pampanga, located at Unit 2-3, The Peninsula Plaza MacArthur Highway Dolores San Fernando City, Pampanga also sports a new façade with a large “V” that is not only a nod to the bank’s stockholders – the over 300,000 Filipino World War II veterans – but also a symbol of the aggressive outlook that the bank has of the city. This aggressiveness is easily dispelled once inside the branch as the interiors convey a sense of comfort and homeliness.

Officials of Veterans Federation of the Philippines, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, surviving World War II veterans of Pampanga also attended the event.

Websitehttps://www.veteransbank.com.ph/

 

 

Philippine Veterans Bank Lauds WWII Heroes and Set Schedule on Bataan Freedom Run

 Philippine Veterans Bank together with its partners once again revisits history by organizing some events to be held in honor of the country’s heroes . This was revealed during the Pandesal Forum at the historic Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City .

Kamuning bakery display shelf 

The pandesal forum serves as a venue for press briefing about what is the latest happenings in the country . The big event is also supported by Bataan provincial government and tourism.

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World War 2 heroes , the 4th installment of the marathon entitled ” Bataan Freedom Run ” and a new event for running and biking enthusiasts dubbed the Mariveles -San Fernando Capas Freedom Trail .

This will also coincide with the 75th Year Anniversary of the Bataan Death March . There will be increased participation by marathon runners from Japan and international delegates .

The marathon will be held on April 2, The Bataan Freedom Run will feature a 42 -kilometer full marathon , a 21 kilometer half marathon as well as 10-kilometers, 5-kilometers and 1 kilometer courses for running enthusiasts , kids and even pets !

As in the previous years , the BFR follows the route of the Bataan Death March and will start at the Kilometer Zero in Mariveles, Bataan.

Registration Fees : Ultra Race

The good news to international participants of the marathon and relay events is that the local organizer had just converted the fees into dollars without extra cost . 160 kilometer would cost around $ 63.00 or Php 3,000 , 160 kilometer ( 8 man relay team ) Php 1,500 or $31.00 and 160 kilometer (16 man team ) cost Php 1,500 or $31.00

The proceeds of the marathon and other events will be for the upkeep of the death march markers and other projects.

On the other hand , the Freedom Trail will feature , a  punishing 160-kilometer run with individual and team relay categories for marathoners as well as similar -distanced bike run . The new event will be held from April 10 to 11 and will cover the death March route from Mariveles , Bataan to Capas.

” Once again , Philippines Veterans Bank , together with our partners , is putting a segment of our nation’s history into the forefront of our national consciousness with the Bataan Freedom Run and the Freedom Trail , ” said PVB Chairman Dr. Roberto F. de Ocampo , OBE . ” These events are not only challenging physically but also mentally to the runners and bikers , but they are doing this to honor the World War II veterans who endured and made the ultimate sacrifice during the Death March seventy- five years ago”.

For more updates , please visit the Bataan Freedom Run Facebook

 

 

 

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