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Little known WW2 battle on display at Davao museum

by RG Alama

Davao City (5 February) -- The battle of Ising the bloody one-week battle between local guerilla forces and the Japanese Army during the Second World War will be the featured exhibit of the Davao Museum of History and Ethnography at the Davao Insular Village in Lanang.

The exhibit which will run from March 13 to June 11, 2009 will chronicle the seven-day ordeal faced by the 130th infantry regiment of the 107th Division of the United States Forces in the Philippines (USFIP) from May 3rd to 10th in 1945 in their effort to protect northern Davao and parts of Agusan called then as "Free Davao" from Japanese takeover.

The exhibit is a product of a two-year research in local and foreign archives on the Battle of Ising and substantial first-hand accounts from the remaining 22 living battle veterans who were interviewed.

A monument to commemorate the battle was erected and subsequently developed by the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte under the auspices of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario at the Ising junction along the National highway in present-day Carmen municipality.

Last Wednesday (Feb. 4) at the Club 888 media forum held at the Eagles Bar of the Marco Polo Hotel. A donation of P15, 000 was given to the Battle of Ising exhibit project by the Marco Polo Davao (MPD) through Halifax Davao Hotel Vice President and MPD Financial Controller Armin Lorenzo.

Aside from Marco Polo Davao, major sponsors of the exhibit include the Southern Philippine Foundation for the Arts Culture and Ecology, Emcor Inc., and the Municipality of Carmen, Davao del Norte.

The exhibit will also feature the launching of the Battle of Ising catalog written by Ms. Marie Silva Vellojo, which extensively compiles the documents, images and interviews related to the historical event. (PIA XI) [top]

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