Tribute to All Filipino Heroes
The annual Tribute to All Filipino Heroes is traditionally observed at the historic Corregidor Island to honor all Filipino heroes, patriots, martyrs and defenders who fought and died for country’s freedom and liberty – from the time of Lapu-Lapu to the Philippine Revolution against Spain, Filipino-American War and World War II.
It also honors Filipino defenders who fought in the Korean War, Vietnam War, veterans of military campaigns, members of humanitarian contingents to other countries, and our modern day veterans who render honorable military service in defending the country in times of war or peace and in faithfully upholding their duty to preserve our sovereignty and national security.
In previous years, the commemoration at the Filipino Heroes Memorial in Corregidor was attended by veterans and other guests from Manila, Bataan or Cavite who were ferried by the vessels of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard, and Sun Cruises. The program customarily features the “Tolling of Bell” by a veteran, with a youth representative reciting a pledge extolling those who sacrificed their lives for the Philippines and vowing to keep the flame of patriotism ever burning in the hearts of Filipinos of all generations.
After the program, guests are given a tour around the historic place, including the light-and-sound show at the Malinta Tunnel.
This year, a simple wreath laying ceremony will be held in Corregidor without the usual presence of guests and veterans. A virtual commemoration will be held in the PVAO Facebook page.