MANILA - In commemoration of today's Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), the government has launched a micro-site dedicated to the Filipino veterans, who fought for the country during World War 2.
The site, which also serves as an homage to the 72nd anniversary of the Fall of Bataan, features interactive maps detailing the Japanese invasion during those turbulent times and the 1942 Battle of Bataan.
The site also contains several memoirs and photos of Filipino war veterans, including one from 104-year-old then Captain Jose P. Javier--one of the oldest surviving veterans of World War 2.
"Just before the surrender, the commanding general of our division, General Capinpin, was captured. Everything was disorganized. No more chain of command. Everybody looked after himself. Everybody walked to the rear away from the approaching Japanese," wrote Javier in his book "A Century’s Journey."
For visitors who are not fond of text heavy pages, the micro site has a 10-minute long, silent video showing footage of World War 2 in the Philippines.
It also has a link to an audio file of the speech written by then Captain Salvador P. Lopez declaring the fall of Bataan.
The iconic speech, delivered over the radio station "Voice of Freedom" on April 9, 1942, was read by then Third Lieutenant Normando Ildefonso Reyes and contained the famous lines: "Bataan has fallen, but the spirit that made it stand—a beacon to all the liberty-loving peoples of the world—cannot fall!"