KALAYAAN - A Battle Reenactment of the 1945 Liberation of Manila

Buhay na Kasaysayan (BNK), MD Juan Enterprises (MDJE), in cooperation with Intramuros Administration (IA), Department of Tourism (DOT), and HERO Foundation, Inc. turn the spotlight on a glorious yet oft-neglected period in Philippine history via the benefit activity fundraiser dubbed as “KALAYAAN – A Battle Reenactment of the 1945 Liberation of Manila.”

It was, by all accounts, a grim era with the Japanese occupation at its tail end and leaving in its wake ghastly images of precious lives wasted and the once-proud city of Manila reduced into ruins. But then again, only in reliving that fateful moment will the lessons borne out of the horrors of war be perpetuated for future generations to learn and draw inspiration from.

The very first of its kind to be held in Manila, “KALAYAAN – A Battle Reenactment of the 1945 Liberation of Manila” will be performed at the grounds of the Old PC Cuartel on Sta. Lucia Street, Intramuros, Manila on March 24, 2013, Sunday at 4:30 PM.

Bask in the grandeur of the years immediately before and after World War II as authentic vintage military vehicles are put on display and simulated explosions and battle scenes using pyrotechnics and a recorded narration of the events taking place are carried out. Media and guests who are encouraged to attend in full 1940s regalia will then be treated to an exhibit featuring the gear used in the performance as music from that period engulfs the air.

Proceeds from the event will go entirely to the HERO Foundation, Inc. (HERO), a private organization established in 1988 by former President Corazon C. Aquino together with then AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Renato de Villa to provide educational assistance to children or dependent siblings of Filipino soldiers who are killed or completely incapacitated while in action. After 25 years and supporting 2,376 scholar orphans, HERO is now led by Mr. Fernando Zobel de Ayala as chairman together with several prominent business leaders of the country.

HERO strongly believes in the time-tested mantra that education is the best weapon against poverty and tyranny. By helping the children and other dependents of war heroes obtain a college or university degree, or a certificate in a vocational course, future heroes can hopefully be produced.

For more information and/or confirmation, visit www.herofoundation.com.ph or You may also contact HERO’s hotline at 0917-822HERO (4376).
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