Veterans Bank holds exhibit for WWII heroes

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


PANIQUI, Tarlac -- The Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) will hold an exhibit in honor of World War II veterans as part of its commitment to uplift the legacy of fallen war heroes.

The PVB’s multi-awarded World War II Traveling Exhibit entitled “War of Our Fathers” will be showcased in Paniqui, Tarlac beginning Thursday, September 20.

To be mounted at the Paniqui South Central School, the exhibit features numerous World War II photographs, maps, artifacts, and memorabilia that pay tribute to the bravery, patriotism, and determination of Filipinos – men and women – who fought and died for our country’s freedom during the war.

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The exhibit is aimed at sharing to the public, especially the youth, the hardship and struggles of veterans in fighting for the Philippine sovereignty.

The exhibit, co-presented by the Veterans Federation of the Philippines and the municipality of Paniqui, also aims to teach today’s generation the value of freedom so that they may have a better appreciation of our nation’s history.

The exhibit traveled extensively throughout the country since 2006 and has been displayed in government offices, museums, schools, and malls in over 40 cities and municipalities.

In 2009, the World War II Traveling Exhibit made its way to Nanjing China where it was displayed at the Nanjing War Memorial Museum.

In addition, the exhibit has received the recognition of several award-giving bodies including the Anvil Awards, Gold Quill Awards, and the Panata Awards.

Most recently, it received an Award of Excellence for Communication Management from the 10th Philippine Quill Awards presented by IABC Philippines.

The “War of Our Fathers” exhibit will be officially opened today in simple inauguration ceremonies to be led by Veterans Bank officers including president Ricardo A. Balbido Jr., EVP Jesus Vicente O. Garcia and North Luzon Area Head Paul B. Tuazon, and Paniqui branch head Ma. Louisa B. Alvarez.

They will be joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies by Paniqui Mayor Miguel C. Rivilla, Vice Mayor Genevieve Linsao and members of the Municipal Council. It will be open to the public at no admission cost until October 5.

Also ongoing in Paniqui is the Veterans Bank-sponsored historical narrative writing contest for high school students.

Launched during the town’s celebration of its 300 years, the writing contest is aimed at raising the awareness and uplifting the appreciation of students about Paniqui’s local history.

The town has a rich and colorful history dating back to its founding in the Spanish colonial times as well as its active role during the fight for independence during World War II.

Winning students of the writing contest will take home as prizes popular gadgets including tablets, mobile phones, and digital cameras.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 20, 2012.

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