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The Origins of Day of Valor

Posted by Golden Future Life Plans on April 9, 2024


Source: https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/bataan-death-march

The Philippines celebrates the Day of Valor, also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, on April 9th of each year. However, why this specific date? The significance stems from the valiant defense made by American and Filipino soldiers during World War II. A turning point in Philippine history was reached on April 9, 1942, when, following months of intense combat, the allied forces submitted to the Japanese invaders.

Remembering the Fall of Bataan

The Day of Valor pays homage to the brave soldiers who fought valiantly in the Battle of Bataan. Despite being heavily outnumbered and undersupplied, Filipino and American troops put up a spirited defense against the Japanese onslaught. Their resilience and courage in the face of adversity have become emblematic of Filipino heroism.

The Bataan Death March: A Test of Endurance

Following the surrender, the captured soldiers were subjected to the infamous Bataan Death March—a grueling trek of around 65 miles under the scorching sun with little food or water. Thousands perished due to exhaustion, starvation, and brutal treatment by their captors. The survivors endured unimaginable hardships, leaving an indelible mark on Philippine history.

Commemorating Courage and Resilience

The Day of Valor serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom and democracy. It is a time for reflection, gratitude, and remembrance, honoring the heroes who laid down their lives for the sake of future generations. Their bravery continues to inspire Filipinos to strive for a better tomorrow.


Filipinos have a particular place in their hearts for Araw ng Kagitingan because it serves as a reminder of the bravery and sacrifice made by those who came before us. In addition to paying tribute to their memory, let’s plan ahead and make sure our family and we have a worry-free future. You may confidently prepare ahead with Golden Future, knowing that your last arrangements are in capable hands.

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