CONVERSATION: #ArawNgKagitingan: What will our fallen heroes say to Aquino?
MANILA, Philippines – On Thursday, April 9, the country will observe "Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)," the 73rd commemoration of the Fall of Bataan.
The annual celebration honors the bravery of Filipino and American soldiers in the battle against invading Japanese forces during World War II. (FAST FACTS: Araw ng Kagitingan)
"Bataan has fallen. The Philippine-American troops on this war-ravaged and bloodstained peninsula have laid down their arms. With heads bloody but unbowed, they have yielded to the superior force and numbers of the enemy," announced Third Lieutenant Normando Ildefonso Reyes over the “Voice of Freedom” radio broadcast on that fateful day of April 9, 1942.
The Fall of Bataan marked the day when the invading Japanese forces conquered the Bataan Peninsula in Luzon after a fierce, prolonged battle with Philippine and US troops during World War II.
The Philippines, then US colony, was a battleground between imperialist countries, particularly Japan and the US, during the most widespread and deadliest global armed conflict in the history of humanity. (READ: Down virtual memory lane: World War II in a click)
To highlight the importance of the day, MovePH, Rappler's civic engagement arm, is holding a running online conversation from Wednesday to Thursday, April 8 to 9, using the hashtag #ArawNgKagitingan.
As we remember the Fall of Bataan, what lessons can we learn from the heroism of the World War II veterans and other Philippine heroes?
Tell us about your favorite hero.
What would your heroes say about the country under President Benigno Aquino III? What would your hero do or say about current issues the country is facing?
Share quotes from their works, things they did, and principles they fought for which you think are relevant in dealing with pressing national issues of the day. – Rappler.com