Daily Archives: April 11, 2019


For Immediate Release
April 13, 2019



The 7TH KALAYAAN 2019 Independence Day Festival Committe, The LEVITT Foundation and District 1 City Council OFfice of Gil Cedillo announced today that the 7th KALAYAAN Parade will be held on June 8, 2019 from Mariposa St to MacArthur Park instead of the Historic FIlipinotown.

The HFT KALAYAAN Parade used to be held at Historic Filipinotown along the Beverly-Tempke Corridor for the past 6 years from 2013, But now it will go mainstram along Wilshire Blvd. in District 1 at Central LA at Westlake District.

The HFT Kalayaan Parade and Festival will be now known as KALAYAAN LA. For 2019, the KALAYAA LA, the LEvitt Fundation and District 1 oOffice of Councilmember Gil Cedill will feature FilAm Rap Artist from the Bay Area, RUBY IBARRA and Kulintang Artist GINGEE on June 8 , 2019 at PArkview St, MacArthur Park.

7th KALAYAAN Parade, June 8, 2019

The 7th KALAYAAN LA PArade will start at MAriposa and Wishire St. at tthe PH Consulate General in LA to MacArthur PArk, PArk View and 7th Streets on June 8, 2019 starting at 11i;00 AM.

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

For 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

The 7TH KALAYAAN-LA 2019 Festival

Meanwhile The 7th KALAYAAN 2019 Independence Day Festival will feature Rap Artist RUBY IBARRA and Kulintang Artis GINGEEon June 8 , 2019 at PArkview St, MacArthur Park.

There will be entertainment, cultural shows, fashion show, youth workshops and spoken word , singing contest , battle of the bands, foods and a lot fun.

Join us at the 7thKALAYAAN FEstival from 12 noon up to 9 pm on SAturday and from 1o AM to 7 PM on SUnday.

For the festival booths and entertaiment opportunities as well as
the souvenir program please call the Festival Coordinaitor Freddie at (818)-350-9609 or email at famecorp888@gmail.com

7th Kalayaan 2019 Contacts

For other matters , ads and sponsorship opportunies please \contact the over-all coordinator Thelma Sugay at (747)-221-2322 or email at thelma@jmasgroup@gmail.com

For BINIBINING KALAYAAN-LA 2019 Pageant applications and requeirment and canvasssing schedules please contact Jojo at ( 213)-318-5104 or Art at (213) 318-9065 or email at jfavusa8@gmail.com





April 11, 2019

JFAV STATEMENT OF THE 77TH DEATH MARCH, April 9-17, 1942.17861640_10209312161907152_4051967218038363143_n

Los Angeles– -Today, 77 years ago, the brutal Bataan Death march started on April 9, 1942  and ended at Camp O’Donell, Capas, Tarlac on April 17, 1942.

It is apt and proper that the KmB and SIKAP or CCAPS honor this day with their  SIKAP culmination ceremonies at PWC, April 12, 2107 at 6:00PM at Advancing Justice at Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) the national lobby and advocacy alliance for Filipino World War II Veterans rights and welfare, also pays tribute to the fallen and living heroes of The BATAAN DEATH MARCH

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In the BATAAN DEATH MARCH, more than 75,000 USAFFE soldiers were forced to march from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga. And then were transported by train and marched from Capas, Tarlac to Camp P’Donnel prisoner of war camp (POW camp).

In the process. more than 18,000 Filipino soldiers and more than 1,,000 Americans died during the “Death March”

Actually more USAFFE soldiers died in the Death march than the 130 days Battle for Bataan.

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77 years later, JFAV is still fighting in the  US Congress so their rights and privileges be restored , their monthly pension be given to them and to their 60,000 survivors.

The worst racism suffered by Filipinos is to be not recognized as an American Veterans . While the Japanese-American who suffered the same racism were compensated by the US government in 1982.

JFAV pledged that they will continue to struggle for veterans equity and justice no matter how long the struggle maybe. The injury to one, is an injury for all.

Makibaka Para sa Katarungan at Pagkakapantay-pantay!
Fight racism and racial discrimination.
Remember Bataan!

Arturo P. Garcia
JFAV National Coordinator

April 11, 2019

Los Angeles. CA

The Pantingan River massacre


April 11, 2019

The Pantingan River massacre (Filipino: Pagpatay sa Ilog Pantingan).

LOS ANGELES— The Pantingan River Massacre took place during the Bataan Death March in mid-April 1942.

Several hundred soldiers from the Philippine Commonwealth Army‘s 1st, 11th, 71st, and 91st Divisions on the march to the north of Mount Samat where the Pantingan River crosses the PilarBagac Road were taken to the riverside.

Most of them were shot, bayoneted or beheaded by the Imperial Japanese Army.[

The atrocity was attributed to Japanese Colonel Masanobu Tsuji. Following Tsuji’s abnormal order which was considered to be a war crime and beyond his commission, Japanese 122 Regiment of Sixty-fifth Brigade executed the US and Philippine soldiers in the Pantingan River

Colonel Takeo Imai, of another Japanese regiment, doubted the authority of the order which came from the top but not clearly from who ? Imai ignored the cruel order and did not execute anyone

Survivors of the massacre include Lt. Manuel Yan who later became the head of the Philippine Army and ambassador to Thailand. Another survivor, Capt. Ricardo Papa, a G-3 Officer of the 91st Division later became a Chief of Police in Manila.








April 10, 2019

Writers in war(1)

By Elmer Ordonez

LOS ANGELES--The fall of Bataan Day recalls what our writers did during the Pacific War from day one.

Carlos P. Romulo and Salvador P. Lopez, close colleagues at the Philippines Herald, joined the propaganda staff of the USAFFE.

The Herald at DMHM was among those buildings destroyed during the bombing of the Intramuros river front when Manila was declared Open City on the last days of December 1941.

Sent to Corregidor Romulo, before taking the last speed boat to Corregidor, dropped by Manila Hotel to take in some extra provisions.

He saw at the dance pavilion what he described as a scene straight from a Luis Bunuel film — Caucasian couples in a slow drag, cheek to cheek, to the music of a Filipino band.

It was New Year’s Eve and the Port Area was burning and looters were all over the place.

The Japanese entered the city the following day. Romulo left behind his family when he went to Corregidor as part of MacArthur’s staff in the Malinta Tunnel.to leave with MacArthur in his escape to Australia in March a few weeks before the fall of Bataan, Romulo managed to cross over to Bataan to take a plane leaving at the last moment.

The plane could hardly take off because of overloading so those on board were told to cast off their personal belongings — everything including his beloved ivory plated pistol.

Any moment Bataan would fall.

After the war Romulo wrote a book “I Was the Last Man Out of Bataan.”

Cold-blooded murder in Bataan


Cold-blooded murder in Bataan

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Last week, I asked a young lady from Balanga, Bataan, what she knew about the events that took place in her home province 77 years ago. Understandably, she only had sketchy ideas about what happened during those fateful days in April 1942, and why tomorrow is a national holiday.

Let me provide some background.

In December 1941, Japanese forces attacked US military installations in the Philippines destroying much of what represented American air power in the region. After three months of heavy fighting in the Bataan Peninsula, Maj. Gen. Edward King, commander of Luzon Force defending the Peninsula, surrendered to Japan’s 14th Army led by Gen. Masaharu Homma on April 9, 1942.

David McCullough in his prize-winning biography of President Harry Truman described the capitulation as “the largest surrender of an American force since Appomattox.” (Appomattox, a small village in Virginia, was the scene of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses Grant in 1865, signaling the end of the US Civil War. The surrender also took place on April 9. Lee surrendered an army of 28,000, while King gave up a Fil-American force of 75,000.)

Not many people are aware that King surrendered without informing his immediate superior, Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, the commander of US Forces in the Philippines who had replaced
Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Upon learning of the surrender “MacArthur was shocked and demanded of Wainwright a full explanation of King’s conduct. Wainwright replied that he had expressly forbidden such action and that King did not broach the subject of capitulation to him.” Nevertheless Wainwright refused to criticize King because “the decision which he was forced to make required unusual courage and strength of character.”

Tomorrow, we shall mark Araw ng Kagitingan with the traditional visit by the President or his representative accompanied by Japanese and American embassy officials to the Dambana ng Kagitingan on Mount Samat. We shall once again recall the heroism of men who fought fierce battles in Bataan. We shall relive the Death March and remember the concentration camp atrocities at O’Donnell in Tarlac.

In our thoughts and prayers, let us not forget what happened to some 350 to 400 Filipino officers and men of the 91st Philippine Army Division.

On April 11, 1942, just two days after the surrender, this groupwas separated from their American colleagues and moved to the Pantingan River that crosses the Pilar-Bagac road. In his book “Bataan: The March of Death,” American military historian Stanley Falk describes what took place after the separation:

“The captives were formed into three groups and their wrists tied securely with double-strand telephone wire… At a given signal, the execution began. Japanese officers moved down the line from one end, mercilessly beheading the luckless Filipinos with their gleaming sabers. From the other end, Japanese enlisted men worked toward them, methodically plunging their bayonets into the backs of the prisoners.

For two hours the grisly slaughter continued, the Japanese sweating at their work in the hot sun, pausing to wipe away the perspiration and then returning to their grim task…” When the slaughter was over, only a few prisoners remained alive buried beneath their slain comrades.

The massacre of Filipino officers and non-coms of the 91st Philippine Army Division remains a mystery of the Bataan saga that has never been fully explained. It was apparently aimed only at Filipinos. And yet, in our commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan, there is hardly any mention of the event.

Much of the national attention centers on the Death March. Painful as it may be, we must confront the fact that what took place was not the usual loss of life in battle — it was a case of the cold-blooded mass murder of prisoners of war.

Have we ever identified who were these officers and men? There should be a roster somewhere of the men belonging to the division. Why were they singled out for execution? Have we dedicated a special portion of our commemorations to remember their memory?

How often in world conflicts covered by the Geneva Convention have prisoners of war been treated in such an outrageous manner and then are forgotten by the nation they served? After the war, Homma was tried by an American tribunal for atrocities committed by his troops during the Bataan Death March. Apparently, the mass murder at the Pantingan River was not among the charges made against him.

Each year our national leaders celebrate Araw ng Kagitingan with speeches about the heroism and valor of those who fought in Bataan. Let us also remember those who lost their lives, victims of inhuman conduct by a savage enemy flushed with victory.