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World War II exhibit opens at PH Consulate in LA

Consul General Adelio Adelito S. Cruz assists a Filipino WW II veteran cut the ribbon to open the exhibit at the Philippine Consulate office. Also in photo are volunteers who portray Philippine Scouts during WW II and another one who portrays US Army General Douglas MacArthur. On the far right is Gil Mislang, leader of Lt. Alexander Nininger of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society. Photo © Abner Galino

AN EXHIBIT of World War II artifacts recently opened at the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles as part of a month-long endeavor to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the historic Bataan Death March.

Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, led the cutting of the ribbon to open the exhibit on Monday night (April 3). The week-long exhibit is curated by the Lt. Alexander Nininger chapter of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society headed by Gil Mislang.

Cruz went on to speak about generating enthusiasms for the efforts to find money for the production and consequent distributions of the Congressional Medal of Honor for each of the surviving WW II veterans and their families.

Former US president Barack Obama signed the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Medal Act of 2015. But the veterans need to pay $50 each in order to get individual copper replicas of the said medal.

On April 7, 1942 an estimated 80,000 Filipino and American soldiers were captured and were forced to march by the Japanese Imperial Army on a 70-mile route — from the province of Bataan to the province of Tarlac — during World War II.

The infamous “death march,” resulted in the death of some 10,000 prisoners of war.

Dr. Jenny Batongmalaque, executive director of Filipino Veterans Foundation and among the prime movers of the Bataan Death March commemoration, announced that on April 11, the WW II Veterans will recite the Pledge of Allegiance and will be recognized at the start of the Board of Supervisors meeting at the Hall of Administration Bob Hope Patriotic Hall at 1816 S Figueroa St., LA 90015.

Consul General Cruz will deliver the Keynote Address as the august chamber honors the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE).

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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