When the hostilities in Bataan Peninsula ceased on April 9, 1942, the worst nightmare had only just begun. Mentally and physically fatigued and famished, the surviving units of the USAFFE were forced to capitulate and then embarked into an ignominious and inhumane march. To what forsaken land, no one probably knew. Those who did not perish in the Battle of Bataan will have to go through some hellish days. The day after the Fall of Bataan, USAFFE soldiers from Mariveles started the horrific ordeal called Bataan Death March. Those from Bagac followed the next day. Further exposed to scorching summer sun and cold night sky,Read More →

The Filipino Soldier “He needs no eulogy from me or from any other men. He belongs to history as one of the finest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the structure of the future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom and he belongs to the present by his virtues and and his achievements.” – General Douglas MacArthur Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (226)Read More →

People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil – soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come, dedicated and committed to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives, and of restoring, upon a foundation of indestructible strength, the liberties of your people. At my side is your President, Sergio Osmeña, worthy successor of that great patriot, Manuel Quezon, with members of his cabinet. The seat of your government is now therefore firmly re-established on Philippine soil. The hour of your redemption is here.Read More →

On April 10, 1942, a day after the Fall of Bataan, the forlorn, famished and emaciated USAFFE soldiers would be dealt with inglorious and ignominious ordeal: the infamous Bataan Death March. And it begun in this side of Bataan Peninsula. A smaller number of Filipino-American forces were herded in the town of Bagac and forced to participate the Bataan Death March on April 11, 1942. The Bagac prisoners of war (POWs) had just passed the KM1 post. Today, the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower stands at the junction near the first kilometer mark. Finally but sadly, the Battles of Bataan and Corregidor had finally ended in aRead More →

The spiritual ministration of Balanga formerly belonged with Abucay. Balanga became an independent missionary center in 1739. Reverend Benito Rivas, O.P. strengthened this church by fortifying its walls. Reverend Juan Antonio Vicente, O.P. roofed it with galvanized iron and decorated the interior. Reverend Fernaldo Ma. Minano, O.P., from  1838-45 constructed the arch of the choir loft and made the baptismal font out of granite from Mariveles. The parochial ministration under the Filipino clergy started with Reverend Mariano Sarili on June 2, 1898. During the Battle of Bataan, the 14th Army positioned their artillery in the churchyard to bomb Mount Samat. (337)Read More →

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