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THE BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS

JFAV UPDATES
June 15, 2019

THE BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS

By Al P. Garcia

Los Angeles–The USFIP (NL) won the greatest military victory of Filipino forces during World War II.

The USFIP-NLwas composed of five infantry regiments and a field artillery battalion of about 20,000 men, all Filipinos except for five American officers, and commanded by Col. Russell W. Volckmann.

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They were former guerillas for more than 3 years during the Japanese occupation deplyed all over Northern Luzon. They were regularized as soldiers under the USFIP-NL during the early 1945 to fight the Japanese forces that retreated towards Northern Luzon.

The other USAFP-NL regiment, the 14th Rgmt in Cagayan Valley fought the Japanese behind their lines in the Balite Pass battleline.

USIP-NL Casualties

The troops bore the brunt of the fighting, sustaining over 3,375 casualties, including over 900 men killed, from 9 Jan. through 15 June 1945.

The units of the USAFP(NL) that fought at the battle were the 121st, 15th, 66th, the Provisional Battalion, and the 122nd Field Artillery.

They faced the 73rd Infantry and the 76th Infantry, part of the 19th Division led by Lt. General Yoshiharu Ozaki.

The Japanese forces fortified the hills and the ridges to stop any American offensive on the way to Cervantes and the Cordillera stronghold of Yamashita.

The time line of the battle.

The initial fighting started in February 1945 with an advance inland to the town of Cervantes by the 121st Infantry

After liberating San Fernando, La Union, on 23 March, the USAFP-NL forces started the all-out assault on Bessang Pass.

However, on 17 May, the 73rd Infantry, 19th Division, made a strong counterattack, pushing back the 121st.

On 1 June, Volckmann started his renewed attack with three regiments abreast

They cleared the Lamagan and Lower Cadsu Ridges by 5 June.[Magun Hill was captured by 10 June,the Upper Cadsu Ridge was taken by 12 June

On 10 June, the units of 121st launched a final assault and by 14 June, the “last opposition melted away”

Cervantes was secured by 15 June. The road to Baguio City was open.

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REMEMBER THE VICTORY AT THE BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS, June 14, 1945

JFAV UPDATES
June 14, 2019

REMEMBER THE VICTORY AT THE BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS, June 14, 1945

LOS ANGELES--Today, we marked the 74th anniversary of the Filipino greatest military victory at the BAttle of Bessang Pass,

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The Battle of Bessang Pass was the greatest FIlipino military vcitory during World War II.

It was a major battle during the Philippines Campaign of World War II. It was fought from 9 January through 15 June 1945 in Cervantes, a municipality in the province of Ilocos Sur, located 260 km north of Manila.

The Defeat of General Yamashita

The area serves as a gateway to the Cordillera mountains and the city of Baguio. Bessang Pass was a stronghold of the Japanese imperial forces under Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, known as the “Tiger of Malaya” and conqueror of Singapore.

It was part of the triangular defense of General Yamashita in the north, namely the Balete Pass, Villaverde Trail and Bessang Pass, guarding the Ifugao-Benguet-Vizcaya borders.

Its fall at the hands of the United States Army Forces in the Philippines – Northern Luzon (USAFP-NL) on June 14, 1945 paved the way for the entrapment of Yamashita’s forces in the Cordillera until the general’s surrender in September 1945.

Honor Our Heroes

But the Philippine military and the government does not mark this significant day. Why, because they are helpless in the face of the brazen puppetry of Du30 to Xi Jingping and China. And also the mercenary tradition of AFP stands out.

JFAV marked the Battle og BEssang Pass every June 14 until the later years of 2000 when the number of veterans diminished

But we will never forget the heroism our veterans who avenged the death march and the fall of Bataan in 1945.

Ipagdiwang ang tagumpay sa Bessang Pass.

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Reenactment of the 121st Declaration of PH Independence Day, June 8, 2019

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FROM KALAYAAN-LA 2019 Reenactment Team

7th Kalayaan LA 2019 PArade and Fest

KALAYAAN LA 2019
June 7,, 2019

ALL SET AND GO FOR THE 7TH KALAYAAN-LA PARADE JUNE 8, 2019

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LOS ANGELES—MABUHAY ANG IKA -121 TAON NG ARAW NG KALAYAAN! WE ARE BACK IN MACARTHUR PARK.

More than 35 organizations have confirmed participation in the 7th KALAYAAN LA Parade on June 8, 2019 in Wilshire Blvd to MacArthur Park, DTLA.

The KALAYAAN LA 2019 is sponsored by CD 1 Offcie of Councilmember Gil Cedillo, the Hollywood Presbyeterian Medical Center (HPMC),Walmart2world and Levitt Foundation.

Assembly time is at 10 AM. Assembly is at Mariposa St between Wilshire and 6th Street.The parade start at 11 Am. Its first come first served basis.

A 2 Day KALAYAAN LA 2019 Festival will follow the parade at MacArthur Park on June 8 and 9, 2019.On June 8 it will be from 1 PM to 9PM and on June9 from 12 PM to 4 PM.

35 Organizations Confirmed

At least 35 organizations that confirmed for the parade and 2 day festival on June 8 and 9, 2019 at MacArthur Park were:

Search to Involve Pilipino American (SIPA), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC-SC). Historic Filipinotown Neighborhood Council (HFNC,) Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB)-LA, Justice for FIlipino American Veterans (JFAV), Levitt Foundation, BANTAY PILIPINAS-USA,,Los Angeles County Filipino Employees Association (LACFEA),SEIU 721, Partido Liberal ng Pilipinas (PLP).BATANGAS  Asscociation, FILAM ARTS, KALAYAAN Riders, JAYCEES, Filipino Disciples Church (FCC). Flipnoyz.

Echo Park Community Coalition (EPCC),Corona Veterans Center/With Marine Veteran Mark S. Villamac Ho A.K.A ☆ BAGYO ☆ and Vet. Marine Cpl., Eric with Mervin Luwee and FilAm Ambassador Ludy Gilkison/Dr. Richard A Gilkison O.D.CIty Council District 1 Office of Gil Cedillo, District 13 Office of Mitch O Farrell; LA Public Works Commission ( LA PWC/ Commisioner Jessica Caloza, AWARE-LA.Little Doctors, BLUE LA,.Binibining International-USA.

Other Parade and Festival Participants

Knights of Rizal -Historic Filipinotown (KOR-HFT) PH Independence Day Foundation -Carson, Filipinos Overseas for Reform and Constitutional Change (FORCE), Filipino American Media and Entertainment (FAME), Wilshire Walkers Club.Miss Continental-USA,Binibining Kalayaan-LA 2019, FilAm Association of Architects and Engineers (FASAE), Atomy.

Burlington School (BNS), Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA),Lord of Harvest, Jesus is Lord (JIL), LA Pilipino Women’s Club (LA PWC) , Miss Philippines-, FAHRA-LA and Binibining KALAYAAN 2019, Alliance Philippines (AJLPP).
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For more info about the the parade participation,assembly area and time please contact the Parade Coordinator Art P. GArcia at (213)318-9065 or email at jfavusa8@gmail,com.

Also visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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KALAYAAN LA 2019 PARADE AND FESTIVAL. JUNE 8 and 9, 2019

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KALAYAAN LA-2019
June 07, 2019

FROM KALAYAAN-LA 2019 TEAM

LOS ANGELES–Greetings and Mabuhay from our Kalayaan LA 2019 team!

We are humbled and honored to bring to the community this project that stems from a genuine labor of love, the Manila2MacArthur Park event.

This as part of the year’s 121st Fil-Am Independence Parade and Festival celebration and Levitt Foundation’s 50 free summer concerts. We thank our collaborators Fil Am Arts, Levitt Foundation and Council District 1 under Councilman Gil Cedillo and his very able team including but not limited to Asst Chief of Staff Tony Recasa, Events Director Conrado Terrazas Cross and Senior Field Deputy Luis Gonzalez.

This gift is brought to us by our major partners CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and Walmart2World money transfer powered by Moneygram.

As part of community giving, CHA HPMC provides free vision health screening to the eligible first attendees on Sunday June 9 from 12noon -3pm. CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center first opened its doors in 1924 and is celebrating a milestone this year for its over 85 years of service to Hollywood and its neighboring cities .

Walmart2World brings more convenience to all our remittance requirements as a migrant people.

The 2 day festivities starts with a parade right across the Philippine Consulate Office along Wilshire and Mariposa and ends with 2 full days of entertainment on the Levitt Pavilion stage at MacArthur Park.

With your participation and support, we hope to bring this yearly event to our Fil Am community as part of a tradition that is now in its 7th year.

We look forward to seeing you here and wish us all a safe and enjoyable weekend.

Maraming Salamat po at Mabuhay and Pilipino,

Thelma Sugay, overall Chair Kalayaan LA 2019 in behalf of Art Garcia, Parade Chair and Freddie Castaneda , Festival and Marketing Chair

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KALAYAAN LA 2019

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ALL SET FOR THE 7th KALAYAAN PARADE AND FESTIVAl, JUNE 8/9,

KALAYAAN LA 2019

June 03, 2019

ALL SET FOR THE 7th KALAYAAN PARADE AND FESTIVAl, JUNE 8/9,

LOS ANGELES—MABUHAY ANG ARAW NG KALAYAAN!

More than 40 organizations have confirmed participation in the 7th KALAYAAN LA Parade on June 8, 2019 in Wilshire Blvd to MacArthur Park, DTLA.

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Assembly time is at 10 AM. Assembly are is at Mariposa St between Wilshire and 6th Street.The parade start at 11 Am. Its first come first served basis.

Participating Organizations

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icans (SIPA), Hsitoric FIlipioThe forty (40) organizations that confirmed for the parade and festival are:

Search to Invlove the Pilipino Americans (JFAV), SIPA, HFNC, Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV), Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Echo Park Communsity Coalition (EPCC),Corona Veterans Center/With Marine Veteran Mark S. Villamac Ho A.K.A ☆ BAGYO ☆ and Vet. Marine Cpl., Eric with Mervin Luwee and FilAm Ambassador Ludy Gilkison/Dr. Richard A Gilkison O.D.CIty Council District 1 Office of Gil Cedillo, District 13 Office of Mitch O Farrell; LA Public Works Commission ( LA PWC), Filipino of Orange County (FOC), AWARE-LA, BATANGAS Varsitarians, KALAYAAN Riders C/O Elmer Carbon., JAYCEES.

Other Parade and Festival Participants

Knights of Rizal -Historic Filipinotown (KOR-HFT) , Knights of Rizal-Central LA,PH Independence Day Foundation -Carson, Filipinos Overseas for Reform and Constitutional Change (FORCE), Filipino American Media and Entertainment (FAME), Rampart Village Neighborhood Council(RVNC), Wilshire Walkers Club, Little Doctors.

Miss Continental-USA,Binibining Kalayaan International, FilAm Association of Architects and Engineers (FASAE), Burlington SChool (BNS), Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCCA),Lord of Harvest, Jesus is Lord (JIL), LA Pilipino Women’s Club (LA PWC) , Miss Philippines-USA, FILAMARTS, FAHRA-LA and Binibining KALAYAAN 2019, Alliance Philippines (AJLPP), Samahang Magdalo-North America, Wilshire Walkers Club.
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For more info about the the parade participation,assembly area and time please contact the Parade Coordinator Art P. GArcia at (213)318-9065 or email at jfavusa8@gmail,com.

Also visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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CA CONGRESSMAN SPEIER REINTRODUCED FILIPINO VETERANS FAIRNESS ACT, RECOGNIZING FILIPINO WWII VETERANS

JFAV UPDATES

May 31, 2019

CA CONGRESSMAN SPEIER REINTRODUCED FILIPINO VETERANS FAIRNESS ACT, RECOGNIZING FILIPINO WWII VETERANS

SAN FRANCISCO –California Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier re-introduces a bill that aims to restore full benefits to Filipino World War II veterans and their families.

These aged war heroes are hoping against hope that this finally gets passed.

Speier is shown here personally delivering the congressional gold medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to Filipino WWII veteran and Bataan Death March survivor Amado Ante in 2017.

Speier remains committed to give Filipino World War II veterans the recognition they deserve. This past May, Speier, along with 22 of her congressional colleagues, reintroduced HR 2823, the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act of 2019.

It would give the surviving manongs, their widows and children all the benefits of the U.S. veteran, including lifetime monthly pensions.

It also directs the department of veterans affairs to take into account alternative military documentation when determining eligibility, besides the “Missouri list,” which was mostly destroyed by a 1973 fire.

In a statement, Speier cites how 250,000 Filipinos fought for the U.S. in WWII — but were eventually denied benefits by the US government.

Ago Pedalizo of the Justice for Filipino American Veterans — says he is thankful for Speier’s continued leadership and condemns how this fight for equity has been going on for over 70 years,

“This is a clear case of racial discrimination. We’re in an age where we have to reckon the past and we just have to move forward, recognize equal recognition for equal service. The financial part is secondary.”

Pedalizo remains optimistic that speier’s bill will eventually get passed.

Pedalizo continues to be in contact with the veterans and their families and he tells us that they are happy that there may be another chance at receiving their promised benefits and recognition.

“The veterans, their families, the widows, they are upbeat. They are very motivated. They are excited another bill has been re-introduced. Again, if anything though, it’s just the feeling of being recognized as a full American veteran.”

According to Speier’s statement, as of 2017, the average age of a Filipino veteran is 90, and fewer than 15,000 are still alive.

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BIPARTISAN BILL FILED TO HASTEN FAMILY REUNIFICATION

 

JFAV UPDATES

May 31, 2019

BIPARTISAN BILL FILED TO HASTEN FAMILY REUNIFICATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lawmakers in both the Senate and House of Representatives last week introduced new legislation to expedite the visa process for children of Filipino World War II veterans.

Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Reps. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) and Don Young (R-Alaska) are pushing for the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act to clear the backlog in family reunification visas for Filipino veterans of World War II.

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There are now fewer than 6,000 Filipino World War II veterans still living in the United States who could potentially benefit from the Act.

“During World War II, Filipino soldiers stepped up and answered the call to service, fighting and sacrificing alongside American service members,” Hirono said in a statement. “However, because these family members have been stuck in a decades-long visa backlog, they have not been able to reunite with their relatives in the United States. The Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act would fulfill our nation’s promise to honor Filipino World War II veterans’ service to our country and reunite these families.”

More than 260,000 Filipino soldiers followed America’s call to fight under the American flag in World War II. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush granted U.S. citizenship to about 26,000 Filipino nationals in recognition of their service to the United States during World War II.

However, the 1990 law did not confer citizenship or residency to the veterans’ children, who remained separated from their parents. Due to a visa backlog, Filipino applicants must wait more than two decades before their applications are considered.

Actions taken to address the family separation in recent years have included the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole program in 2016, which intended to reunite veterans and their surviving spouses with adult children and certain other relatives.

In addition to Senators Hirono, Murkowski, and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.).

“The time to reunite our brave Filipino American World War II veterans with their families is running out,” Brendan Flores, National Chairman of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, said.

“We commend Senator Hirono for her unwavering commitment to these veterans, as she reintroduces the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act in Congress. We remain prepared to support any efforts to ensure that this time-sensitive legislation comes to fruition.

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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS FOR THE KALAYAAN-LA 2019 PARADE AND FESTIVAL

 

JFAV UPDATES
May 27, 2019

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 CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS FOR THE KALAYAAN-LA 2019 PARADE AND FESTIVAL

We are now two weeks away from the 7th KALAYAAN 2019 Parade and Festival on June 8 and 9 at Macarthur PArk, DTLA.

We need warm bodies as volunteer for two days on June 8 and June 9. . On June 8 during the parade and start of the festival at MacArthur PArk from 12 noon to 9 PM

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1. We need interns to help in the Festival for 2 days and one two weeks ahead for preparation.

Please contact Art of JFAv at (213) 318-9065 or at SIPA JFAV Office at 3200 W. Temple St. Los Angeles. CA 90026.

Or email Art at alpiegarcia@gmail.com

2. Please disseminate this volunteer and intern opportunities to all FilAm youth organizations and activists.

3. FilAm students organizations can participate by having vehicles or floats for their organizations or by having a walking contingent with their banners during the parade on June 8,

For more info about the the parade participation,assembly area and time please contact the Parade Coordinator Art P. GArcia at (213)318-9065 or email at jfavusa8@gmail,com.

Also visit our website at www.jfavusa.org

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