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.
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.
Major General Edward P. King Jr. General Douglas MacArthurs 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.
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.
The Congress a holiday and called it Bataan Day when Republic Act 3022 was approved on April 6, 1961.
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.
April 9, 2009 was also Maundy Thursday so it was decided to be moved it on .
Is this years . April 9, 2014 marks the 72nd anniversary of Araw ng Kagitingan.
Bataan Day is celebrated in every second Sunday of September.
Araw ng Kagitingan is a . Workers who dont report to work are still paid a 100% of their salary for that day and those who report receive 200%.
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 .