Sunday, February 26, 2017

Philippine Veterans Bank Held Commemoration Events For the 75th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March

Perhaps today's generation don't have any idea what happened during the World War II. Maybe or maybe not, but history books tells it already, what transpired on that very event and what happened to thousands of soldiers of World War II. To commemorate the unsung heroes of WWII, the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB), with its event set to laud these veterans. A series of events will be held in honor of the war veterans as the the Bataan Death March commemorate its 75th Anniversary.

There will be series of events to happen on that commemoration event. The 4th installment of the marathon Bataan Freedom Run and the new event which is for running and biking enthusiasts dubbed as the Mariveles-SanFernando-Capas Freedom Trail.


The Bataan Freedom Run will happen on April 2, which will feature a 42-kilometer full marathon, a 21-kilometer half-marathon as well as 10-kilometers, 5-kilometers, and 1-kilometer courses for running aficionados, kids, and pets. As in the previous years, the BFR follows the route of the Bataan Death March and will start at Kilometer Zero in Mariveles, Bataan. So, for those who will be joining this will have to condition their bodies.

The other event, which is the Freedom Trail is ought to feature a punishing 160-kilometer run with individual and team relay categories for marathoners as well as similar-distance for the bike run. The new event will be held from April 10-11 and will cover the Death March route from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac.
"Once again, Philippine Veterans Bank, together with our partners, is putting a segment of our nation's history into the forefront of our national consciousness with the Bataan Freedom Run and the Freedom Trail," said PVB Chairman Dr. Roberto F. de Ocampo, OBE. "These events are not only challenging physically but also mentally to the runners and bikers but they are doing this to honor the World War II veterans who endured and made the ultimate sacrifice during the Death March seventy-five years ago."

Bataan Death March's 75th Anniversary will not only be celebrated in the Philippines but also worldwide and the two events are PVB's contribution to the worldwide remembrance of this infamous part of the WWII history.

The honoring of the WWII veterans started since 2014 which was led by the Philippine Veterans Bank together with its partners, the Provincial Government of Bataan and also the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) with their event Bataan Freedom Run. This year the new event, the Freedom Trail is expected by the organizers to bring an estimated 5,000 participants apart from local spectators that is mostly from Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac and in Manila, as well as descendants of the Death March survivors here and abroad.
The Bataan Freedom Run is organized by Without Limits and is presented by the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), Provincial Government of Bataan, Freeport Area of Bataan Investor Locator Association (FABILA), History Channel Asia, ANC News Channel, and WhenInManila.com. Proceeds from the Bataan Freedom Run will be used for the maintenance of Death March markers located in Bataan proviince.

While the new event, the Mariveles-San Fernando-Capas Freedom Trail that is presented by PVB and organized by Without Limits, is also in partnership with PVAO, Capas Freedom March, Automobile Association Philippines (AAP Travel), and the local governments of Mariveles, Bataan; San Fernando, Pampanga; and Capas, Tarlac.
To participate in the said events or just want to simply know more about the two event, Bataan Freedom Run and Mariveles-SanFernando-Capas Freedom Trail visit www.withoutlimits.ph/component/k2/item/66-bfr2017.html.

PHILIPPINE VETERANS BANK
Event : Bataan Freedom Run
            Mariveles-San Fernando-Capas Freedom Trail
Website : www.withoutlimits.ph/component/k2/item/66-bfr2017.html


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