Los Angeles, 21 October 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General commemorated the 69th Anniversary of the Leyte Landing and Philippine Liberation in the Second World War with a public program at the Rizal Hall preceded by the launching of the Exhibit of Philippine Liberation Memorabilia and Photos at the Sentro Rizal on 19 October 2013.
The event was organized in cooperation with the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society and Justice for Filipino-American Veterans.
It was highlighted by the U.S. Army’s short film on MacArthur’s Return to the Philippines and the re-enactment of the Leyte Landing and the Landing Speech of General Douglas MacArthur, played by military re-enactor, Mr. Robert Tidwell.
Mr. Gil Mislang and Mr. Ted Ortega of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Nininger Chapter, provided the World War II memorabilia for the exhibit, while Ms. Malou Mariano of the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans provided the photos taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the operations for Philippine liberation.
In a related development, the Philippine Consul General joined Mayor Jim Dear, together with WW II veterans and the ERB Foundation in commemorating Leyte Landing through their 5K Walk held on 20 October 2013 in the City of Carson.