11/04/2012: Ambassador Cuisia Leads Commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan
Ambassador Jose Cuisia (center, dressed in barong) takes part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Memorial to commemorate Araw ng Kagitingan.
11 April 2012, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. led the 70th Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) commemoration rites last Monday at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The holiday is observed to remember the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, and the gallantry shown by Filipino veterans in that battle.
A wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Bataan marker of the memorial. Among those in attendance were surviving Filipino World War II veterans, who are based in the Washington Metropolitan Area, officers and staff of the Philippine Embassy, and representatives of the Filipino American community.
In his remarks, Ambassador Cuisia said “Araw ng Kagitingan celebrates and perpetuates the valor of the defenders and their strong resolve to keep on fighting for their country and people despite the overwhelming adversity. Today, we also honor the sacrifices of the Filipino veterans of World War II so that people, not only in the Philippines but in many other countries, may gain their sovereignty and live with dignity.”
A community program was held at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall to commemorate Araw ng Kagitingan and to honor the late Guillermo Rumingan.
A reception ensued at the Philippine Embassy, which also honored the memories and sacrifices of Guillermo Rumingan, who passed away on March 27. Rumingan was an advocate for his fellow veterans on Capitol Hill and served as a volunteer at the Embassy’s Veterans Affairs Office. END