Filipino valor in the last world war is on display in China.
“The War of our Fathers…A tribute to the Filipino Freedom Fighters,” the traveling exhibit of Philippine Veterans Bank on World War II, opened at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, Nanjing, April 11.
“The exhibit has found its way to all parts of the Philippines. This is the first time it is brought abroad,” Veterans Bank president and chief executive officer Ricardo A. Balbido Jr. said in his speech during the opening of the traveling exhibit.
“It is quite fitting that the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is the first foreign venue. It highlights a common historical past when our two peoples suffered a similar fate during the dark period of the Japanese occupation of our country,” he said.
Zhu Chengshan, curator of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, recalled how the 300,000 civilians in Nanjing and 100,000 in Manila were killed by withdrawing Japanese troops during WWII.
The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall was built to remind people about the atrocities of war so these will never happen again.
Zhu welcomed the traveling exhibit to show “that not only China but other countries suffered during World War II” and that “we all have a responsibility to continuously work for peace.”
The exhibit opened during the Chinese traditional Qing Ming Festival when the memorial hall’s number of visitors is at its highest, around 25,000 per day.
“War of our Fathers” will run until July 30.
The opening ceremony was led by Ms. Jin Shi, the deputy director of the Standing Committee of the Nanjing’s Peoples Congress; Mr. Zhu Chengshan, curator of the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre; Ms. Carmen D. Padilla, chair of the UNESCO Culture Committee; and PVB President & CEO Ricardo A. Balbido, Jr.
Balbido said that “this project will help bring international acclaim to our Filipino World War II veterans and make known the deeds of our World War II heroes.”
The Philippine Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, the Veterans Federation of the Philippines and Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran assisted in the setting up of the exhibit in Nanjing.
The invitation for the Veterans Bank’s exhibit is under the Exchange Exhibition arrangement with the Nanjing Museum.
This November, the Nanjing Massacre Exhibition will be brought to Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center in Intramuros, Manila.
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