Veterans Bank Sponsors “Battle of Ising” Exhibit

Veterans Bank is one of the major sponsors of the “Battle of Ising” Exhibit and Catalog written by Marie Silva-Vallejo, as a tribute to its former Vice-Chairman, Atty. Peregrino Andres, who was an officer in the Battle for Ising (present-day Carmen, Davao del Norte). The author’s father, Lt. Col. Saturnino Silva, played a key role in this battle.

“The Battle of Ising” exhibit chronicles the seven-day ordeal of the 130th Infantry Regiment of the 107th Division of the United States Forces in the Philippines (USFIP) from May 3 to 10, 1945 in their valiant bid to prevent the Japanese forces from occupying northern Davao and parts of Agusan. The exhibit is a product of a two-year research in local and foreign archives and substantial first-hand accounts from the 22 living Battle of Ising veterans who were interviewed.

The Exhibit is open to the public at the Davao Museum of History and Ethnography at the Davao Insular Village Phase 1, Lanang until June 11, 2009.

The Battle of Ising Catalog written by Ms. Marie Silva Vallejo, extensively compiled the documents, images, and interviews related to the historic event. Vallejo hopes that the catalog becomes a significant addition to the few existing publications on WWII Mindanao. In the introduction of the catalog, Vallejo also hopes that the “tribute to the 130th Infantry Regiment will spark a deep interest to continue the celebration of our forefathers’ deeds and research into Mindanao’s proud past as it did for me.”

Tribute. PVB officers at the Exhibit opening at the Davao Museum (Left to Right): PVB VP Mike Villa-Real of Corp. Communications; AVP Jean Carranceja, the new PVB Mindanao Area Head; Dra. Zenaida Andres-Peli (Daughter of Atty. Peregrino Andres), Marie Silva-Vallejo (Battle of Ising Author), Febe Dalig, PVB Mindanao Area Head (retired); SM Betty Sia PVB Davao-CM Recto Branch and SM Weng Nombrado of PVB Davao-Monteverde; and Atty. Romulo Andres of PPA (son of Atty. Peregrino Andres). PVB Sponsored the book launch & exhibit as a tribute to former Director, Atty. Peregrino Andres, who was in the Battle of Ising and was a key resource for the book.

At the Exhibit & Book launch (Left to Right): Mr. Carlos G. Dominguez III, Chairman & President of Marco Polo Davao; Ms. Pat Montemayor, Davao Museum Foundation President; Mike Villa-Real, Veterans Bank Vice-President, Ms. Margie Moran Floirendo of the Southern Philippines Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology; Mr. James Zobel, Archivist of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk Virginia USA; Ms. Marie Vallejo, Author of the “Battle of Ising”; Gus Vallejo and Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo G. del Rosario.

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