FVR OPENS VETERANS BANK WWII EXHIBIT

Former President Fidel V. Ramos formally opened the travelling World War II exhibit last January 13, 2006 at Dagupan City. Sponsored by Philippine Veterans Bank, the exhibit aims to educate the public on the critical role played by Filipino forces in the last World War II. Dubbed as “The War of Our Fathers…A Tribute to the Filipino Freedom Fighters,” the exhibit is in time with the 61st Anniversary of Gen. MacArthur’s Landing in Lingayen Gulf.

Former President Fidel V. Ramos lead the ceremonial opening of Philippine Veterans Bank’s (PVB’s) Travelling Exhibit “The War of our Fathers…a Tribute to the Filipino Freedom Fighter” at Dagupan City last Jan. 13, 2006. The Exhibit’s next stop is at the City of Manila on February 3, 2006 in time for the 61st commemoration for the Battle of Manila. Shown in the photo with Pres. Ramos is PVB Director Commodore Vicente R. Buenaventura, Ret. (left) and PVB President Ricardo A. Balbido, Jr.

The exhibit will run until January 28, 2006 and is open to the public for free at the Edades Hall of the Dagupan City Museum. The exhibit articulates to today’s generation the contribution of our World War II Filipino War Heroes who risked their lives to regain Freedom from Foreign Oppression. The exhibit has 34 panels that will show photos, artifacts, documents and videos and features a WWII timeline in the Philippines, local heroes & other key WWII events.

The Dagupan City Government led by City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim, the Veterans Federation of the Philippines and the National Historical Institute are lending major support to this project. After Dagupan City, the next scheduled stop for the exhibit is the City of Manila on February 3, 2006 in time for the 61st anniversary of the Battle for Manila.

Earlier, UP Professor Ricardo T. Jose, Ph.D conducted a symposium entitled “Reexamining the World War II in the Philippines” to 80 history teachers and educators in Dagupan. A poster-making contest for local high school students was also held.

PVB President & CEO Ricardo A. Balbido, Jr. said that PVB’s objective of reconnecting and reliving the role of our Filipino heroes in World War II was achieved through these activities. “It heightened the interest of the teachers, educators and students on the contribution of our veterans who sacrificed and risked their lives for the country in one of the darkest chapters in the history of our nation.”

Philippine Veterans Bank, a private commercial bank, is uniquely owned by some 300,000 World War II veterans & their compulsory heirs. Led by PVB Chairman Emmanuel V. de Ocampo, the bank provides 20% of its net income each year for programs & projects that benefit the veterans, their widows & families.

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