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08/04/2011: Embassy Leads Commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan

Shown in the photo above is Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. (left, foreground) in the wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial of the National Mall, being assisted by Major General Delfin Lorenzana (Ret), Head of the Office of Veterans Affairs of the Philippine Embassy.

08 April 2011, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. led the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), which is held to remember the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942.  A wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Bataan marker of the World War II Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Among those in attendance were five surviving Filipino World War II veterans - Angelino Tugado, Jesse Baltazar, Celestino Almeda, Rudy Panaglima and Ray Cabacar.

A reception ensued at the Philippine Embassy, where members of the Filipino-American community, local media and veterans’ advocates were present.  In his remarks, Ambassador Cuisia extolled the valor and gallantry of the defenders of Bataan.  He noted that the holiday also honors the sacrifices of the Filipino and American veterans of World War II and recognizes their contribution to cementing the bonds of kinship between the Philippines and the United States.  END