The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), in coordination with the Local Government of Palo, and the Provincial Government of Leyte spearheaded the Leyte Landing commemoration on Sunday, 20 October 2019, 8:00 a.m. in Palo, Leyte.

The program started with the flag-raising and wreath-laying rites led by National Security Council Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr. He was accompanied by NHCP Chairman Rene R. Escalante. The Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven James Robinson AO, Chargé d’affaires John C. Law of the Embassy of the United States of America; Chargé d’affaires ad interim Minister Yasushi Yamamoto of the Embassy of Japan; Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla, Palo Mayor Frances Ann Petilla, and Veterans Federation of the Philippines Justice Manuel V. Pamaran also offered wreaths. 

Highlights of the commemoration included the solidarity greetings delivered by Ambassador Steven James Robinson AO, Chargé d’affaires John C. Law and Chargé d’affaires ad interim Yasushi Yamamoto. Philippine Postal Corporation Chairman Norman N. Fulgencio presented the commemorative stamp to the guest of honor.  Thereafter, the Secretary delivered his message.

The NHCP is the national government agency mandated to promote and preserve Philippine History through its museums, research and publication, and preserve historical heritage through conservation and the marking of historic sites and structures.

For more information, contact the Historic Sites and Education Division at NHCP tel. nos. 335-1217 loc. 126 and 523-1019.