Mt. Samat National Shrine, Bataan – The 79th anniversary of the Araw ng Kagitingan will be commemorated on 9 April 2021, 8:00 a.m. at the Dambana ng Kagitingan, Mt. Samat National Shrine, Pilar, Bataan. The theme adopted for this year’s observance is Kagitingan ay Gawing Gabay, Pandemya ay Mapagtatagumpayan. 

Solemn ceremonial rites will be conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, with the national anthems of the Philippines, United States of America, and Japan to be sonorously played in honor of the heroes of World War II. Wreath-offerors will be led by Bataan Provincial Governor Albert S. Garcia, 2nd District of Bataan Representative Jose Enrique III “Joet” S. Garcia, 1st District of Bataan Representative Geraldine B. Roman, and Pilar Mayor Carlos F. Pizarro Jr. Afterwards, Governor Garcia is slated to deliver his welcome remarks, followed by virtual messages of His Excellency, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko of the Embassy of Japan and the Charge d’Affaires Mr. John Law of the Embassy of the United States of America.

A virtual message from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will follow, highlighting the patriotism and unrelenting commitment of Filipino doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and other frontliners to serve the nation in its drive to combat COVID-19.

Due to the onslaught of the viral pandemic, the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces have been placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), prompting the NHCP and Araw ng Kagitingan-TWG to conduct a virtual commemorative program in compliance to the minimal health guidelines set by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

All are invited to visit the official NHCP website and Facebook page for details and to witness the event. For a complete list of activities, you may visit the NHCP website nhcp.gov.ph.

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