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As the conferment of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino World War II Veterans continues, forty-one (41) more Filipino veterans were honored for their selfless sacrifice and significant contribution to the Philippine’s liberation during the second world war in an awarding ceremony held on 09 June 2022 at the Tejeros Hall, AFPCOC, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, U.S. Naval Attaché Captain Noel Corpus, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Director Kevin J. McAllister, assisted by Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reserve Affairs Reynaldo B. Mapagu, and PVAO Administrator, Undersecretary Ernesto G. Carolina, presented the medal to fourteen (14) living awardees and twenty-seven (27) posthumous awardees.

The living awardees were: Pvt Cecilia DG Paras (89); PFC Federico V. Calleja (93); Corporal Helen Albania (93); Pvt Purificación P. Agustín (93); Colonel Ishmael L. Rodrigo (96); Sgt Angela Cruz Gatan (96); Pvt William G Pasiwen (97); Pvt Adela R. Santos (97); Pvt. Tranquilino L. Nofuente (97); Pvt Reynaldo Marcelo (97); Sgt Victor A. Garcia (98); PFC Alfredo De Guzman Celis (99); Pvt Salvador Guera Esquillo (99); and Capt Francisco Ong Tansengco (102).

The posthumous awardees were: Col. Jesus Gonzalez; Col. Alejo Fernandez Alvarez; Col Ramon S Tulfo Sr.; Col Sergio Salazar Laurente; LtCol Francisco M. Tan Gana; Major Antonio R. Sanglay; Major Jose U. Aquino; Captain Benjamin R. Labayen Sr.; 1Lt Lourdes A. Paman-Gonzalez; 1Lt. Juan Alburo; 1Lt Loreto G. Santelices; 1LT Sandakan Adjaluddin; 2Lt Julian Alberto Narte; 2Lt Francisco Mojica Acuña; SSgt Andres Navarro Jimena; SSgt Romeo T. Miciano; Cpl Ernesto G Adobo; Cpl Domingo Y. Itchon; PFC Eligio Agcaoili Labog; PFC Jose Lumelay Palattao; PFC Alberto C. Vallado; Private Juan A. Jacob; Private Juan R. Nieves; Private Ernesto B. Facun; Pvt Gabino M. Guerra; Pvt Ang Kangka (Go); and Pvt Julian P Bearis.

In his message, U.S. Naval Attaché Captain Noel Corpus shared how his grandfather, a WWII veteran himself, inspired him in his decision to serve in the U.S. Military. He also echoed the sentiments of many as he regarded the veterans to be the greatest generation of all time.

Meanwhile, National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana expressed in his message, as delivered by USec. Luna, that he considered his involvement in the lobbying for the legislation recognizing the dedicated service of the Filipino veterans during World War II, as one of his most fulfilling experiences.

“Patuloy kayong magsisilbing inspirasyon sa marami sa aming lahat na nagmamahal at naglilingkod sa bayan ng walang pag-iimbot at buong katapatan, (You will continue to be an inspiration to many of us who love and serve the country selflessly and with all sincerity),” the Defense Secretary also expressed, addressing the veterans.

Mr. Ramon Tulfo, Jr., son of WWII Veteran Col. Ramon S. Tulfo, Sr., gave his response on behalf of the awardees. In his message, he recounted his father’s military stint during the course of the Second World War.

The U.S. CGM is a breakthrough recognition granted to Filipino WWII veterans for their efforts and distinguished achievements during the Second World War II. It is the highest and most prestigious civilian award presented by the United States Congress to an individual or a group of individuals for distinguished achievements and significant contributions that helped shape American history.

At present, seventeen ceremonies have already been held throughout the country and five hundred nine (509) Filipino WWII veterans were conferred the U.S. CGM.