Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Friday, August 28, said there is more in September other than the Baguio City Charter Day Celebration on September 1.
Domogan signed Memorandum 280 series of 2015 commemorating September 3 as the End of World War 2 in the Philippines when Japanese Imperial Army Lieutenant General Tomoyuki Yamashita signed his surrender documents at Camp John Hay, Baguio City in 1945.
Initially, Yamashita was cornered in Kiangan, Ifugao on September 2, 1945 by the American army and Filipino guerilla forces under Generals Jonathan Wainwright and Arthur Percival.
September 3 marks the formal surrender of the Tiger of Malaya, General Tomoyuki Yamashita at the United States Ambassadors Cottage in Camp John Hay, Domogan explained.
President Benigno Aquino III, on this occasion will be the guest of honor and speaker and will be spearheading the Wreath Laying Ceremonies to commemorate the end of war in the Philippines.
The United States of America will be represented by US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.
The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chair Maria Serena Diokno will also be present giving more meaning to the event including Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.
General Yamashita earned the moniker the Tiger of Malaya for his victorious attack on British and Commonwealth Forces in Malaya and Singapore and leading Japanese Forces into the Philippines in the 2nd World War.
Domogan stressed the importance of September 3, marking it as an impressive occasion not only for the city but for the country to celebrate its victory. (PNA)