78th Liberation Day Anniversary of Pasig City
February 19, 2023
The Pang-Alaalang Bantayog was built in Pasig to honor the fallen sons of the locality who sacrificed their lives during World War II. The monument is dubbed by Pasigueños as the Bantayog ng Kagitingan.
Originally established in 1954 by the Pasig Civic League at Col. Flores Plaza near the Pasig Catholic Church, the monument serves as a reminder of the gratitude of the community to those whose lives were offered and lost during the darkest days in Philippine history. At the top of the memorial is a statue of a beautiful woman holding a wreath of laurel, a symbol of victory and triumph. A closer look would reveal a list of names.
A historical marker was installed in the monument, which reads:
”Ang Bantayog na ito ay sa karangalan ng mga anak ng Pasig na nangamatay nang Ikalawang Digmaang Pandaigdig upang tayong nangabubuhay ay makakuhang-uliran sa kanila. Ang mga kagamitan at salaping ginugol dito ay buhat sa mga butihing mamamayan ng Pasig at mga kalapit-bayan. Ang namanihala sa pagbabangon ay ang Pasig Civic League. Pinasinayan noong ika-29 ng Agosto, 1954.”
The memorial monument is now located along Caruncho Avenue, in front of the main entrance of the Pasig Catholic Cemetery. A program is held in this monument every 19th of February, which is known as Pasig Liberation day, to commemorate the event and to pay tribute to the heroes, veterans, and fallen comrades of Pasig.
Credits to the Pasig City Cultural Affairs and Tourism Office for the cover photo and write-up.