A centenarian leads this year’s awardees on the commemoration of Philippine Veterans Week.
Sgt. Jose Quilatan,101, received a Certificate of Recognition for his heroic acts during the WWII which military officials said had also contributed to the country’s victory.
A member of the Trigger Unit of the Hunter’s ROTC Guerilla, one of the main anti-Japanese guerilla groups that operated in Metro Manila and Southern Luzon, Quilatan served as rifleman from 1942 to 1945.
Quilatan personally received his award at the headquarters of the Philippine Army on Tuesday.
Besides Quilatan, 15 Filipino veterans, both living and dead, were also recognized during the Veterans Week celebration with a Sunrise and Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, Libingan ng mga Bayani, and Review in honor of the Veterans at the Hunters ROTC Guerilla Field
The living veteran awardees are Cdr. Bienvenido Alano, Col. Guillermo T Garcia, Sgt. Isaias Lucena, PFC Francisco Palmaran, Pvt. Pedro Olarte, Pvt. Pedro R Mayumay, and Pvt. Juanita J Pasco.
The posthumous awardees include Col. Teofilo B Padua, Maj. Lorenzo P Padua, Capt. Ambrosio Reyes, 2Lt. Marcela Rosales, Sgt. Luciano Lactao, Sgt. Olimpio Navales, and Pvt. Apolonio De Leon.
The week-long celebration of the Philippine Veterans Week and the 74th Araw ng Kagitingan will culminate on April 11 through a sunset ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.