More than the Fall, we commemorate our soldiers’ acts of bravery and their unconditional sacrifice for country. We remember their solid, principled stand for freedom; the impossible battle they faced; our soldiers fighting together as brothers in arms, many of them making the ultimate sacrifice for their countrymen. We remember our commanders: who bore the heavy burden of leading men into bloodshed, and even death, knowing that the fate of entire peoples rested in their hands.
Today, we pay tribute: not to the strength of arms, but to the strength of spirit—because battles are won not merely through bombs and bullets, but also, and probably more importantly, through the hearts of patriots burning with love for country.
The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, serving as custodian of the institutional memory of the Office of the President, has launched the first in a series of projects highlighting key events in Philippine history.
For the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Bataan and, now, for the 70th Commemoration of the Fall of Corregidor, the PCDSPO published the World War II in the Philippines interactive timeline as a special feature in the Official Gazette. Using innovative software that offers a new perspective on a seemingly forgotten past, the project presents history—the Philippines during the Second World War—as a grand narrative.
We once again invite you to view the interactive timeline—an easy-to-navigate interface that offers a comprehensive survey of history, and allows viewers to chart chronology and geography simultaneously with key events during the Second World War. [Download the primer on the World War II in the Philippines interactive timeline project.]