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31/07/2013: Book Launch and Reception of Ben Cal's Victory at Bessang Pass on 14 August 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT
WDC-059-2013
31 July 2013

THE EMBASSY OF THE PHILIPPINES,
THE PHILIPPINE VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE (PVAO), &
THE MIGRANT HERITAGE COMMISSION (MHC)

cordially invite you to the
U.S. BOOK LAUNCH & RECEPTION
of  BEN CAL’s
“VICTORY AT BESSANG PASS”
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Romulo Hall, Embassy of the Philippines
1600 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington D.C. 20036

“Unknown to many, the triumph of our forces at Bessang Pass was the most dramatic victory scored by Filipino guerrillas against the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II that forced Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, the ‘Tiger of Malaya,’ to surrender later in Kiangan, Ifugao, liberating northern Luzon from the  Japanese invaders and eventually ending Japanese occupation in the Philippines and concluding the war in the Pacific,”

- LtGen. Ernesto G. Carolina AFP (Ret), PVAO Administrator

Please RSVP early to: migrantheritage@gmail.com (MHC ExecDirectors Grace Valera/Jesse A. Gatchalian or Arnedo S. Valera, Esq.) or text/ call  202-247-0117 / 202-631-8856.  Seating is limited.

NOTE: There will be no actual selling or payment of the books at the Philippine Embassy. Should you wish to order or have a copy of the book, please email migrantheritage@gmail.com and send check payment of $ 12.00 payable to MHC and mail to 3930 Walnut St. Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22030 prior to the book launching. Very limited copies available in the U.S. so hurry and reserve now!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR “BEN CAL”

Ben Cal is a multi-awarded reporter in the Philippines, 2013 Migrant Heritage Commission’s awardee in Media, and MHC’s media partner in the Philippines. The author retired from full-time journalism in 2011 after a diverse career that began in 1963, having covered beat assignments such as presidency, defense and military, police, agriculture, local governments, agrarian and business. His first job was as a reporter of the Bohol Chronicle from 1963 to 1972. He joined the Philippines News Agency (PNA) initially as a reporter and rose to the ranks until his retirement as Managing Editor and Acting Executive Editor.

According to Mr. Ben Cal, his book was written from the perspective of heroes themselves who survived the battle. “The book aims to make the readers appreciate the real-life experiences and heroic exploits of those who did the supreme sacrifice of defending our nation from its enemy and to share their glorious triumph to their fellow Filipinos as a perpetual source of national pride. It also underscores the triumph of all freedom-loving Filipinos – including the civilians, who never stopped believing in the guerrillas’ cause but rather took the risk to help them in all ways possible. These bespeak of selflessness, unity and patriotism - the character of our people that prevailed during the darkest days of oppression and adversity.”