City of Manila commemorates 79th anniversary of Battle for Manila

The City of Manila on Saturday observed the 79th Anniversary of the Battle for Manila, remembering the 100,000 lives lost during the World War II battle.

Manila Mayor Dra. Honey Lacuna-Pangan led the ceremony and was joined by ambassadors from the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, and the United Mexican States.

They paid their respects at the Plazuela de Santa Isabel, where the Memorare Manila Monument was erected in remembrance of the war in 1945.

“The loss of the lives of our countrymen is as far greater blow than the destruction of structures in our city. All buildings and homes are being rebuilt, while life can never be restored,” Lacuna-Pangan said in her speech.

“This monument here was erected in honor of those whose lives were sacrificed during the battle for Manila,” she added.

Lacuna-Pangan said the commemoration was an opportunity to strive not to repeat the war, embrace good relations between and among people and nations, and “to avoid misunderstanding and to maintain peace in all corners of the world.”

Also present at the wreath-laying ceremony were leaders from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the Intramuros Administration, and Memorare Manila 1945.

Members of the diplomatic corps, Manila local officials, department heads, and students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila also attended the formal ceremony.

February 1945 is referred to as the “Liberation of Manila,” which marked the end of the Japanese military occupation of the Philippines.

American and Filipino troops battled against the Japanese, who occupied the city in 1942 following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. — DVM, GMA Integrated News

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