Capas Freedom March to boost historical tourism

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Organizers of the Capas Freedom March are expecting World War 2 veterans, family members, friends, and citizens to join the April 9 activity and promote historical tourism. Former Tourism Secretary and event organizer Mina Gabor said that the march aims to promote historical tourism in the Philippines, by revisiting historic places and events from a new perspective to help the Filipinos learn from the lessons of the past. 73 years ago, about 76,000 Filipino and 12,000 American troops of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) fought the Japanese for three months. They were retreated to the Bataan Peninsula, eventually surrendered and became prisoners of war with the Fall of Bataan to the Japanese Imperial Forces on April 9, 1942. American and Filipino soldiers were forced to walk by their Japanese captors for 55 kilometers under the scorching heat from Mariveles to San Fernando in 1942. The Capas Freedom March will be held on April 11, 4 p.m., from the People’s Park to the Capas National Shrine in Capas, Tarlac. Participants will enjoy the event like film showing, historical seminar, jungle survivor course, hot air balloon ride, obstacle course and shooting game.

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