Philippine Events Album

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  • Bataan Day 2010
Capas Freedom March 2015

It was an honor to meet & converse with Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos & Former Tourism Secretary Dr. Mina T. Gabor.

Veterans Day at Manila American Cemetery & Memorial 2014

MBDO thanks: H.E. Philip S. Goldberg, US Ambassador to the Philippines, RimaAnn O. Nelson, Director, VA Manila Regional Office & Outpatient Clinic, for this wonderful ceremony. Larry Adkison, Superintendent, Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, for the facility support of the ceremony. A special thanks to Hermie Lelix & April dela Virgen for their support of the Proviso East High School Bataan Commemorative Research Project.

Veterans Day at Manila American Cemetery & Memorial 2013

Leslie Ann Murray, my good friend, provided transportation for photographer and me. She is official with American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AMCHAM), American Association of the Philippines (AAP), and Filipino American Memorial Endowment (FAME). FAME maintains the Bataan Death March Marker Program. MBDO is connected to Death March Markers at Km's 101 and 102. Km 102 Marker is at the historic San Fernando Train Station where the long walk of the Death March ended. Leslie has been a strong hand in the FAME program. Thanks also go to Melinda Hopson, Manager, Veterans Service Center, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, US Embassy, Manila, for her assistance with the photo captions.

Veterans Day at Manila American Cemetery & Memorial 2012

Thanks to James T. Litton, my good friend & colleague, Manila Representative, Battling Bastards of Bataan (BBB) Organization for providing transportation. Col. McMahon met April dela Virgen, Manila American Cemetery and Memorial staff. April and Hermie Lelix have provided outstanding support to the Proviso East HS Bataan Commemorative Research Project by providing the grave and Tablets of the Missing photos seen at the end of soldier biographies.

Veterans Day at Manila American Cemetery & Memorial 2011

Col. McMahon had the honor of meeting. Mrs. Beth Day Romulo, widow of General Carlos P. Romulo, see event photos. General Romulo was Ade-de-Camp to General MacArthur. Please visit HTTP://carlospromulo.org/BIO for his inspiring story.

Veterans Day at Manila American Cemetery & Memorial 2009

It was an honor to meet Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and General Victor Ibrado, Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines. It was a pleasure to greet our dear friend, Hermie Lelix.

Veterans Day at Manila American Cemetery & Memorial 2008

Col. McMahon meets US Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney & Philippine Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita. Executive Secretary Ermita gave the Veterans Day Message.

Veterans Day at Clark Cemetery 2010

Working on captions.

Anzac Day 2012 at Clark Cemetery

Col. McMahon is working on the photos & captions.

Philippine Veterans Week 2014, Capas National Shrine

Honoring Philippine Veterans.

Philippine Veterans Week 2013, Capas National Shrine

Col. McMahon was honored to meet the Guest of Honor and Speaker, The Honorable Victor A. Yap, Governor, Province of Tarlac. Sofia Maria Estrada-Villarama, Great Granddaughter of Death March Survivor Col. Rafael Estrada, made a Tribute.

Philippine Veterans Week 2012, Capas National Shrine

Col. McMahon had the honor of meeting Philippine President Aquino\'s aunt, Dr. Margarita D. Cojuangco, PH.D., a former Governor of Tarlac Province, see event photos. She was the Guest of Honor & Speaker at this event.

Philippine Veterans Week 2011,  Capas National Shrine

DND Secretary Gazmin\'s father, Capt. Segundo Gazmin, Sr., survived the Bataan Death March. He died a few years ago. His name is listed on the Wall of Heroes at the Capas National Shrine.

70th Anniversary Leyte Landing & Related Events

On behalf of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization (MBDO), Colonel McMahon thanks: H.E. Benigno S. Aquino, III, President of the Philippines, for the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing Commemoration on October 20, 2014; The Hon. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla, Governor, Province of Leyte, for the Commemorative Luncheon on October 20, 2014; H.E. Bill Tweddell, Ambassador, Embassy of Australia, & Lieutenant Commander McPherson, Ship's Captain, for arranging the visit to HMAS Larrakia on October 18, 2014; Hon. Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla , Governor, Province of Leyte, for Hill 120 wreath laying ceremony on October 19, 2014; Hon. Remedios "Matin" L. Petilla, Palo Municipal Mayor, for the Barrio Fiesta, A Tribute to Veterans. on October 19, 2014. Our special thanks to Joyce Hufton who arranged our tour and made it a memorable experience. To Jess Sunga, a fantastic photographer.

Bataan Day San Fernando April 9, 2014

Maywood Bataan Day Organization's thanks go to former San Fernando Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez, current Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, City Vice-Mayor Jaime "Jimmy" T. Lazatin, and Tourism Director Ching Pangilian-Gonzales for preserving the very historic San Fernando Train Station so important in the tragic story of the Bataan Death March. My personal thanks go to my friend, Mason Al Kane, for transport to this wonderful event.

Bataan Day San Fernando April 9, 2013

MBDO thanks go to San Fernando Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez & Tourism Director Ching Pangilinan-Gonzales for their hospitality. Great to Greet Mrs. Quiwa, widow of Col. Samuel Quiwa. Col. Quiwa was featured in our Bataan Day 2012 insert.

Bataan Day San Fernando April 9, 2011

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Col. Samuel S. Quiwa (USAFFE), a hero in the fight in the Philippines. Mrs. Quiwa is featured, see event photos.

Bataan Day San Fernando April 9, 2010

Col. McMahon (MBDO) meets Col.. Samuel S. Quiwa (USAFFE), a WWII hero, at this event.

Bikeathon 2011

VFW Post 2485 & BSA Troop 485 Bataan Death March Observance, Camp O'Donnell 2015

The Maywood (IL) Bataan Day Organization (MBDO) praises the Boy Scouts of Troop 485, their leaders, and the leaders and members of VFW Post 2485, Angeles City, Philippines, for conducting an annual observance of the Bataan Death March. This tribute to the Heroes of the Bataan Campaign is appreciated by the Survivors and the Families of all that served in Bataan. A special thanks to VFW 7th District, Philippines Commander John Gilbert, VFW Post 2485, Angeles City Commander Carl Burke, and BSA Troop 485 Assistant Scoutmaster David Metherell for coordinating this wonderful event.

VFW Post 2485 & BSA Troop 485 Bataan Death March Observance, Camp O'Donnell 2014

Thanks to VFW Post 2485, Angeles City & Commander John Gilbert for sponsoring the Bataan Death March Observance. Thanks to Boy Scouts of America Troop 485 & Assistant Scout Master David Metherell for their participation in this 72nd Anniversary Observance. A special note of thanks to James T. Litton, Manila Representative, Battling Bastards of Bataan (BBB), for his hard work in creating The Camp O'Donnell Memorial.

VFW Observance, Camp O'Donnell 2013

MBDO thanks go to Commander John Gilbert, VFW Post 2485, Angeles City, Philippines & Edna Bautista Binkowski, Guest Speaker & Author. Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC), Clark Freeport Zone, provided free transportation from the Post to the event.

VFW Memorial, Camp O\'Donnell,  2011

VFW Post 2485, Angeles City, hosts their annual Bataan Death March Memorial Service, April 27, 2011.