by Rudy Juanito [02/06/2016]
06 February 2016, SM Center Angono, Rizal – The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), represented by Chief of the Veterans Affairs Management Divison (VAMD) MGen Alfredo S. Cayton Jr. AFP (Ret), joined the celebration of the 71st Anniversary of the Liberation of Angono with veterans, veterans’ friends and families, and Angono City officials Cinema 3 of SM Center Angono, Rizal on February 2016.The guests of the commemoration were gifted by Spyron-AV with a showing of their multi-awarded documentary film, “Unsurrendered 2: The Hunters ROTC Guerillas.”
The Liberation of Angono is officially dated February 23, but the local government had been accustomed to celebrating it seventeen days earlier in conjunction with the observance of “Araw ng Beterano”, which mirrors the sacrifices of the World War II youth who were instrumental to the Liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese oppression as seen in the film.
“Ang Unsurrendered 2 ay nagpapakita kung papaano lumaban ang ating mga beterano, who at that time, many of them were just teenagers, mga binatilyo pa,” MGen Cayton said. Kung wala sila, wala po ang ating kalayaan na tinatamasa ngayon.”
Other officials present during the event were Hon. Frisco San Juan Jr., Vice Governor of Province of Rizal; Hon. Arling Villamayor, Board Member; Hon. Elmer Deloritos, Vice President for Operations of Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP); BGen William Esplana; and PVAO’s MGen Cayton. According to them, the heroic deeds of the Philippine veterans are not just stories for the younger generation to venerate, but are recorded and relayed to inspire them to move the country towards a better future.
Veteran Salome V. Calderon graced the audience with her presence. Calderon was part of the Hunters-Intelligence Group during World War II. When Angono was liberated in 1945, she was at the headquarters receiving orders to raise the Philippine flag.
“Ang tangi kong masasabi...,” said Calderon, “...ang pagsisilbi sa bayan, ay hindi lang nangangahulugang pagbubuwis ng buhay. Maraming paraan para tayo’y magsilbi para sa ating inang bayan."
The 53-minute documentary ended with applause from the audience. The film’s producer, Lucky Guillermo, promised to give Angono a free viewing of the documentary for them, and ultimately the Filipino people, a sense of pride and honor for the bravery and selflessness of the veterans of World War II.
“Unsurrendered 2: The Hunters ROTC Guerillas” won the “International Documentary Award” at the Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Fest in Hollywood, the “Best Documentary Feature Film” at the Kiwi International Film Festival in New Zealand, and the “Golden Award” at the World Documentary Awards in Indonesia. It was created and produced by Spyron-AV Manila, in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Bank and The Music Source.
1565 – Colonization of the Philippines began with the arrival of Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legaspi from Nueva España (present day Mexico) and formed the first European settlements in Cebu.