‘Victory Day’ in Panay, Guimaras, Romblon

ILOILO CITY – Today is Victory Day, a special non-working Holiday in Iloilo, Panay and Romblon by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 430 (An Act Declaring March 18 of every year as Victory Day in the Islands of Panay and Romblon including the cities of Iloilo and Roxas) issued by former President Cory Aquino in 1989.
Iloilo Holidays for War Veterans
There will be ceremonies honoring World War II veterans at Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine in Jaro district starting at 7:30am, with Administrator Ernesto Carolina of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office as guest of honor.

A wreath laying ceremonies was also held yesterday at the Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine and at Mini Peralta Park, Freedom Grandstand.

Victory day is a remembrance of Ilonggo World War II veterans joining forces with the Allied Forces in liberating Panay, Guimaras and Romblon islands from the Japanese Imperial Army on March 18, 1945.

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  1. With due respect to above-cited news item, here’s excerpt from the article “I Shall Return” -Gen. Douglas MacArthur “….The only resistance movement during World War II that never fell to the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army was the Free Government of Panay and Romblon under Gov. Tomas Confesor.

    Tomas Confesor was the only person to have occupied four (4) gubernatorial seats at the same time. He was governor of Iloilo(still includes Guimaras), Capiz (which still includes Aklan), Antique and Romblon during World War II…”
    (Source: “Ang Pungsod Ilonggo” of the Ilonggo Nation Movement blogspot above-cited)

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