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Leyte Gulf Landings commemoration starts with Signal Day at Tolosa

Tacloban City (October 18) -- The first major activity in the three-day highlight of the annual Leyte Gulf Landings commemoration is the Signal Day in Tolosa, Leyte on October 18.

Signal Day commemorates the heroic acts of Scouts Valeriano Abello, Antero Junia Sr. and Vicente Tiston. These young scouts who were at the hilltops of Barangay Telegrafo in Tolosa used the scouts signs to request the incoming Allied Forces on October 18, 1944, not to bomb the shorelines from Abuyog to Tacloban City because thousands of local residents were inhabiting the area.

Thanks to these scouts, thousands of lives have been saved. They even taught the Liberation Forces where the Japanese were situated.

Tolosa Mayor Caadan said that although the Signal Day will be held on October 18, the activities in Tolosa started on the 17th of October with the Literary/Musical Competition and the Filipiniana and Veterans Night at the Scout Abello Memorial Site at Barangay Telegrafo.

The Literary and Music Competition was participated by elementary and high school students.

On the other hand, the Filipiniana and Veterans Night is a testimonial dinner for the World War II veterans, dignitaries and guests attending the 64th Leyte Gulf Landings.

The Signal Day festivities will start with a civic parade around Barangay Telegrafo in Tolosa to honor the World War II veterans and to commemorate the historic occasion.

This will be followed with a Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for the intention of those who died during the Leyte Gulf Landings.

The Commemorative Program to highlight the heroic acts of Scouts Valeriano Abello, Antero Junia, Sr. And Vicente Tiston will highlight the day's festivities. This is jointly sponsored by the Provincial Government of Leyte and the Municipal Government of Tolosa.

After the Signal Day in Tolosa on October 18, the Commemorative Rites at Dulag Hill 120 in Dulag, Leyte where the United States Flag was first raised, will be highlighted on October 19, the second major activity for the 64th Leyte Gulf Landings.

On October 19, activities honoring World War II veterans will be conducted at the municipalities of Dulag, Tanauan and Palo and at the City of Tacloban.

October 20 which is the actual landing of MacArthur at the Red Beach at Palo, Leyte focuses on the Veterans' Sunrise Ceremony, theCommemorative Program at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, the Commemorative Luncheon and the Veterans' Sunset Ceremony. (PIA 8) [top]

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