The Commission on Filipinos Overseas joins the whole nation in commemorating the DAY OF VALOR (ARAW NG KAGITINGAN) and in observing the PHILIPPINE VETERANS WEEK.

This historic day marks the greatness of Filipino veterans and American allies who fought against the Japanese invasion in World War II. Thousands of lives were lost during this dark chapter in our history in defending the country’s freedom and sovereignty.

The “Fall of Bataan” serves as a constant symbol of the Filipinos’ bravery and patriotism.

As we face a global health crisis, we are reminded to remain cooperative, brave, and resilient as we, together with our frontline warriors in healthcare, local officials, and international partners, unite to combat the pandemic that has swooped down on humankind.

We owe it to our forefathers who sacrificed their lives for us, to continue fighting for our Motherland and be responsible citizens. More than ever, the Philippines needs solidarity and support from every Filipino.

Long live our veterans, including those living overseas. Long live the bravery of Filipinos!

May we all have a solemn observance.