April 9 – Day of Valor and Cancer Survivors Day

ROJoson Medical Clinic

April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan, Day of Valor, and Cancer Survivors Day

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD, MHA, MHPEd, MSc Surg

April 9, 2014

Today, April 9, 2014, is a national holiday in the Philippines. 

The basis for this holiday is the 1961 Republic Act No. 3022: An Act Proclaiming the Ninth Day of April as Bataan Day and Declaring it as a Legal Holiday.  

Araw ng Kagitingan (Filipino for “Day of Valor”), also known as Bataan Day, is a national observance in the Philippines which commemorates the fall of Bataan during World War II.

This morning, as I was pondering on today’s commemoration, that of the heroism of Filipinos and USAFFE officers and soldiers depending Bataan against the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, I thought of my cancer survivors project.  The immediate triggering factor for connecting the two entities was my latest discovery of another of…

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