By Glen S. Ramos
BAGUIO City – Today is one of the most significant days in Baguio City known as “Victory Day” by virtue of Republic Act 11216, declaring September 3 of every year as a special working public holiday throughout the Country, in commemoration of the surrender of the Japanese military forces led by General Tomoyuki Yamashita in Baguio City in 1945.
According to City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, this day is enacted to commemorate and 𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗼 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗲𝗿𝘀 who fought gallantly against the Japanese Occupation during World War II.
This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was passed by the House of Representatives on May 29, 2017, amended by the Senate on November 26, 2018, and which amendments were concurred in by the House of Representatives on December 4, 2018, respectively.
On 3 September 1945, General Tomoyuki Yamashita signed the surrender document at the US Ambassador’s Residence, Camp John Hay, Baguio ending World War II.
“Only by recollecting the significant contributions of our forebears, their bravery and patriotism which costs them their very lives that we gave meaning to the celebration of this day. They gave us the freedom and liberty that we now enjoy,” Baguio City mayor Magalong said.
“Let us not forget of their sacrifices as we celebrate “Victory Day” and extend our solemn prayers for lasting peace. HAPPY VICTORY DAY!” (ai/mtvn)