10 Things You Should Know About Araw ng Kagitingan

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posted on: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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April 9 is a public holiday when we remember the brave soldiers who offered their lives in defending our country.

Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) is an important day to remember our valiant past and the atrocities of war.

Know more about this special day and why we as Filipinos, celebrate it.

1. The fall of Bataan


Araw ng Kagitingan commemorates the which happened on April 9, 1942 during World War II.

More than 76,000 Filipino, Chinese and American soldiers surrendered to the Japanese.

2. The fall of Bataan was the largest surrender in American history


Major General Edward P. King Jr. General Douglas MacArthur’s orders and surrendered his troops of about 78,000 soldiers, 12,000 of which were American, on April 9, 1942.

His troops were already from lack of nutrition and diseases and fearing that they would be annihilated, he chose to surrender.

3. It remembers the soldiers who surrendered and marched to death


The Japanese, , decided to move them by foot. This infamous march known as the Bataan Death March resulted in an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 deaths.

4. It is also called Bataan Day


The Congress a holiday and called it Bataan Day when Republic Act 3022 was approved on April 6, 1961.

5. Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor)


Then President Ferdinand Marcos, who was also a war veteran, conceived the as a fitting memorial for the soldiers who fought and died in Bataan.

The shrine is located near the summit of Mount Samat, in the province of Bataan.

6. In 2009, Araw ng Kagitingan was moved to April 6


April 9, 2009 was also Maundy Thursday so it was decided to be moved it on .

7. “Balik-tanaw sa Sakripisyo ng Beterano, Gabay sa Landas ng Pagbabago”


Is this year’s . April 9, 2014 marks the 72nd anniversary of Araw ng Kagitingan.

8. It is also celebrated in the U.S.


Bataan Day is celebrated in every second Sunday of September.

9. Pay Rule


Araw ng Kagitingan is a . Workers who don’t report to work are still paid a 100% of their salary for that day and those who report receive 200%.

10. A week-long event is currently held


From observing the rising sun to variety shows, Araw ng Kagitingan is celebrated in honor of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Be sure to participate any or all of these events. You can check the schedule .

How about you, what are your ways to remember our brave soldiers’ sacrifice?