The 68th Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary: A Celebration of Victory

The Leyte Landing Memorial in Palo, Leyte was among the places I first visited when I arrived in Tacloban.

Image from tourisminthephilippines.com

The spot where General Douglas MacArthur and the American liberation forces had landed fascinated me. It was not only good site to take pictures but the best site to remember the lessons of war. It was the same spot where General Douglas MacArthur said his famous line, “People of the Philippines, I have returned! By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil.” – as famous as his “I shall return”. (See Battle of Leyte)

This year marks 68th year of Leyte Landing. This year’s celebration has the theme: Leyte Gulf Landings: A celebration of victory.

Among the highlights of the celebration are the different activities planned and organized by different stakeholders (source: PIA)

  • On October 14, 2012: 12.5 KM Marathon Race (men and women categories) on October 14 organized by the Leyte Amateur Sports Association
  • On October 18-22, 2012: 4th Leyte Gulf Landings Photo Contest and Exhibit organized by the Camera Club of Leyte and Samar
  • On October 18-22, 2012: Battle of Leyte Gulf and 100K and 50K Ultra Marathon
  • On October 20, 2012: 7th Annual Regional Inter-school Band and Leyre/Bugle Competition at the RTR Plaza (Tacloban City), organized by Pintados Foundation
  • October 21, 2012: 3K and 5K Liberation Fun Run organized by the Local Government Unit of Palo, Leyte

I think the best way for me to celebrate is to visit the Leyte Landing Memorial.

I hope the wish of Department of Tourism in Eastern Visayas (DOT – Eastern Visayas) will be realized soon. That is to have wartime museum. It would be best place that would remind us and the next generation about the lessons we should learn from history.

Event: Liberate Concert

I mark 20th of October as an important date. It is the 68th Leyte Gulf Landing anniversary. On the same date, 8 Magazine brings us its 2nd Year Anniversary and Benefit Concert called, Liberate.

Liberate Concert

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Liberate concert features the band Six Part Invention, Pinoy Idol winner Gretchen Espina , and actor Daniel Matsunaga. Among the popular songs of Six Part Invention are Falling in Love With You and All This Time.

The concert will benefit the Leyte Young Men’s Catholic Association (YMCA-Leyte) and The Sisters and Sons of Mary and Adorers of The Holy Eucharist (SMAHE) for The Orphanage of The Virgin of Guadalupe.

Be there on October 20, 2012 at the Leyte Park Hotel Gym, Tacloban City. The concert starts at 8PM. Ticket is 120 pesos only!