Saturday, April 2, 2011

'Araw ng Kagitingan', 'Day of Valor' 2011 celebration

"Araw ng Kagitingan", also known as the "Day of Valor, is a regular non-working holiday in the Philippines which is annually celebrated on the 9th of April to commemorate the heroism of Filipinos and American Soldiers when the Japanese occupied the Philippines during the World War II.

Araw ng Kagitingan | Photo courtesy of

On this day, the World War II veterans usually hold small parades in different localities all over the country.

The national government also has its own observance of the holiday. For this year, President Benigno S. Aquino III will be attending as the Guest of Honor and Speaker in the "Araw ng Kagitingan" celebration by the Philippine National Police at Mount Samat Shrine, Pilar, Bataan at around 9:00 in the morning on April 9, 2011.