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PIA Press Release
2010/03/22

Bikers retrace Death March route

San Fernando City, Pampanga (22 March) -- Hundreds of bikers retraced on Saturday the actual 97-kilometer route of the 1942 Death March.

Dubbed "Alay Sikad sa Kagitingan", the bike-a-thon had a relay format wherein participants had the preference to start in any of the five stations.

Station 1 and Starting Line was in the OKM Death March Marker in Mariveles, Bataan while Station 2 started in Balanga City Plazuela.

The town of Lubao and the City of San Fernando in Pampanga served as Stations 3 and 4 respectively.

On the other hand, Tarlac played host to Station 5 (Bamban) and the Finish line- Capas National Shrine.

According to historical accounts, around 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers were forcibly marched by the Japanese troops for five to six days with no food and a single sip of water.

10,000 of these soldiers failed to reach their prison camp in Capas alive.

The bike-a-thon is part of the activities slated in preparation for the upcoming Philippine Veterans Week from April 5-11.

"Beterano: Gabay sa Makabuluhang Pagbabago at Matatag na Republika" is the theme of this year's commemoration. (PIA 3) [top]

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