Thousands witness Talisay City Landing commemoration

AROUND 1,500 people, including Filipino war veterans, attended the 73rd commemoration of the Talisay City Landing in Barangay Poblacion, Talisay City, on Monday, March 26.

The 73rd year commemoration of “Takas sa Talisay,” which was held in the Liberation Park in Barangay Poblacion, Talisay City, was also participated in by 300 WW2 veterans.

Talisay City Mayor Eduardo Gullas, in his speech, emphasized how important the Liberation of Talisay was to the rest of Cebu, as it led to the eventual liberation of the entire province against the Japanese forces during World War II.

At 6 a.m. yesterday, a mass was held in the park, followed by a civic-military parade organized by the Talisay City Government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command.

During the activity, the Talisay City and Cebu Provincial Governments also gave certificates of commendation to 10 veterans for their bravery and service during World War 2.

Majority of those who received these were already in their nineties.

Those awarded are Guillermo Antoni Alegado, 100, from Lamac, Pinamungajan; Hipolito Rodriguez, 93, from Tabunok, Talisay City; Vicente Restauro, 93, from San Isidro, Talisay City; Agapito Dobluis , 92, from Candulawan, Talisay City; Briccio Jakosalem, 91, from Pakigne, Minglanilla; Sergio Rivera, 97, also from Pakigne, Minglanilla; Teodulfo Flormata, 91, from Tunghaan, Minglanilla; Ricardo Ferolino, 97, from Malhiao, Badian; Leonard Ferolino, 91, from Banhigan, Badian; and Luis Jabonero, 90, from Tisa, Cebu City.

Hannibal Lipardo, Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) vice president, thanked both local governments for continuing to support their veterans through the annual commemoration.

He also urged the younger generation to remember the work of their veterans and those who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

Lipardo also hopes that the National Government would assist their remaining veterans by providing them with free maintenance medicines.

For his part, Talisay City Mayor Eduardo Gullas plans to talk to Vice Mayor Alan Bucao about a plan to put up a fund for veterans living in the city.

In a separate interview, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said that in his administration, provincial and district hospitals provide free medicines for veterans and centenarians.

He said he plans to study the idea of providing daily medicines for veterans. (JKV/SunStar Cebu)

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