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On April 8, 2013, the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco held a Flag Raising ceremony at the Consular Section in commemoration of the Araw Ng Kagitingan (Bataan Day).

Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. and  the officers and staff of the Philippine Consulate General in a flagraising ceremony to commemorate Araw Ng Kagitingan (Bataan Day)

This was followed by a public screening of the documentary “Tragedy of Bataan” written and produced by Ms. Jan Thompson, and narrated by actor Alec Baldwin. “The Tragedy of Bataan” is a 30 minute documentary that chronicles the fall of the Philippines and the Bataan Death March in the early months of World War II. It contains first account interviews with twenty two former survivors in the conflict.

The public, together with the Consulate Officers and staff views the documentary “Tragedy of Bataan” by Jan Thompson

Philippine Consul General Marciano A. Paynor, Jr. underscored the importance of remembering this historical event and the sacrifices made by our forefathers “The Fall of Bataan is a very crucial part in the history of the Philippines. Filipinos owe their country’s independence to the lives that were claimed that very day. These war veterans came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental qualities. They posses courage, determination, dedication to duty and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self. To all of these heroes, we say thank you.  Thank you for setting the example that inspired us to love and defend our country and our people.”

“The Tragedy of Bataan” will also be shown at the Consular Section of the Philippine Consulate General on April 12, 2013. Other documentaries featuring the Fall of Bataan that will also be shown at the Philippine Consulate General are the following:

  • Forgotten Soldiers by Mr. Donald Plata and Chris Schaefer, April 15 and 19 Forgotten Soldiers will also be showing at the College of Engineering Auditorium at the San Jose State University at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 9 April 2013
  • Untold Triumph by Mr. Noel Izon, April 22 and 26

Another documentary, “The Bataan Legacy” will be shown at the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library on Sunday, May 5, 2013. This documentary depicts the real story of World War II in the Philippines and the major role of the Filipinos during the war. The multi-media program will combine theatre, film, music, photographs and spoken word to depict stories of World War II in the Philippines. The presentation will be made by Cecilia Gaerlan, playwright and author of In Her Mother’s Image, a novel and stage play set during World War II in the Philippines portraying the emotional toll of war. The highlight of this multi-media program will be the appearance of several Bataan veterans who will speak about their experiences during the war. The event is supported by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of the San Francisco Arts Commission. Doors will open at 1:30PM.

All the documentary film screenings are free to the public. END