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.
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.