Bacsil Ridge eyed as national treasure


SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The National Historical Commission of the Philippines is looking into the possibility that would make the Bacsil Ridge landmark as a national cultural treasure.

Bacsil Ridge is historically known as a hilltop where the Filipino guerillas, together with the US soldiers, fought against the invading Japanese forces during World War II.

The site is located in Barangay Bacsil, about 10 kilometers from the city proper, where a symbolical marker and a monument for the heroes were built to honor them.

During the 71st commemoration of the Victory at Bacsil Ridge recently, National Museum of the Philippines director, Ana Maria Theresa Labrador expressed support to the initiative of former Mayor Mary Jane Ortega to give the Ridge due recognition and envisioned it to be one of the country’s leading tourist attractions.

The plan also includes the war watchtowers of the 400-year-old Car Rille-Carlatan; San Juan; Bacnotan; Luna; Balaoan; and Luna Namacpacan Church, all in La Union which were witnesses to wars that residents of La Union fought for.

Ortega added three living survivors of the WWII – Francisco Pulido, 96; Francisco Tadifa, 95; and Benjamin Flores, 90 – could be part of the official documentation for the criteria to qualify the landmark as a national museum.


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