World War II vintage photos, artifacts and memorabilia is now on display at SM City Baguio day, September 2, 2006. Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB), in partnership with Baguio City Government & Cordillera Administrative Region, is sponsoring the exhibit entitled as “The War Of Our Fathers…A Tribute to the Filipino Freedom Fighter”. The exhibit pays homage to our WWII veterans and survivors. September 2 marks the 61st year of the end of World War II in the country. The Veterans Federation of the Philippines and the National Historical Institute are lending major support to this project.
The bank sponsored exhibit aims to share to the public the compelling and dramatic stories of Filipino World War II heroes so that today’s generation may have a better grasp of our nation’s history. The exhibit has over 30 panels that will show photos, artifacts, documents and videos and will also feature local heroes & other WWII events. Through the project, the bank hopes to honor the WWII heroes and to help educate Filipinos today, especially the youth, on their struggles, sacrifices & victories in one of the darkest chapters in the history of our nation. Many do not realize is that many Filipinos at that time, men & women, young & old, rich & poor displayed flashes of heroism. Baguio itself has many stories to tell, being the site of fierce battles both at the beginning and the end of the Japanese Occupation.
Veterans Bank’s travelling exhibit started in Dagupan City and was formally opened by former President Fidel Ramos last January for the 61st commemoration of the MacArthur’s Lingayen Landing. It then went to the City of Manila in early February for the Battle for Manila anniversary, then to Los Baños, Laguna for the anniversary of Rescue of POW’s in a prison camp in what is now UP Los Baños. The exhibit then moved to SM City Iloilo last March 17th for the 61st commemoration of the Liberation of Panay & Guimaras. The next stop was Cebu City at SM Cebu for the month of April as the whole country celebrated the Araw ng Kagitingan and Veterans Week. After Cebu, the next site was Davao City last month in time for the Liberation of Davao anniversary. After Cebu, the next site was Davao City last month in time for the Liberation of Davao anniversary. The seventh stop was at the LimKetKai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City from June 9-26, 2006 marking the 61st year of the end of Japanese occupation in Mindanao. From down south, the exhibit traveled all the way to Laoag City on the invitation of Congressman Roque Ablan Jr. (1st District Ilocos Norte) for the birth centenary commemoration of former Ilocos Governor Roque B. Ablan, Sr. – also a WWII hero who refused to cooperate with the invaders.
Apart from this project, each year, PVB provides 20% of its net profits for programs that benefit the World War II veterans, their widows and families. Through the Board of Trustees for the Veterans of World War II (BTVWWII), the Bank supports the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) Out-Patient Center in Taguig: a modern medical facility that provides free medicine, medical services such as x-rays, laboratory services, physical therapy, eyeglasses and dental care to veterans. The other is the VFP Museum, Library and Archives, a repository of war memorabilia, books and documents and houses a state-of-the-art showcase of the veterans’ heroism.
As provided in its charter, PVB is a private commercial bank owned by some 300,000 World War II veterans and heirs.
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