KIANGAN, Ifugao, Sept.6 (PIA) - - The province of Ifugaocommemorated last September 2 the 68th anniversary of the surrender of Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita dubbed as Victory Day that ended Japanese occupation in the Philippines and World War II in the Asia Pacific.
Yamashita reportedly surrendered at the old Home Economics building of the Kiangan Central School on September 2, 1945 before he was brought to Baguio City for his formal surrender.
With the theme “Remembering with Gratitude… Continuing to build true and lasting peace”, the celebration started on September 1 with a medical mission, trade fai,; exhibit of war memorabilia, bingo social, singing contest, free haircut, manicure and pedicure and an exhibition basketball game between the Philippine National Police and the Army.
During the Victory Day itself, a parade was held around the town participated by war veterans and their descendants, senior citizens, people’s organization and government agencies.
A wreath-laying ceremony led by Governor Denis Habawel followed the program proper.
The event was graced by Usec Ernesto Carolina, administrator of the Philippines Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and officials from the province, PNP and PA.
Other activities like Disaster Risk Reduction Management drill and exhibit, ethnic games and awarding of prizes were also conducted in the afternoon.(/MBL- PIA CAR,Ifugao)