PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Photo depicts youthful heroism in World War IIKORONADAL CITY, January 10 (PIA) -- Visitors to the opening of the Photo Exhibit at the lobby of the Koronadal city hall on January 5 were all eyes at the photo of a 16-year old boy holding a carbine riffle.
The photo exhibit which is a tribute to the veterans through the efforts of the Philippine Veterans Bank and the local government unit of Koronadal City paved the way for the people to appreciate the heroic exploits of Filipino fighters during World War II which include Jose Enrijo.
Enrijo, who was then 16 years old is seen in the photo holding a carbine riffle issued by the Americans during the second world war. He said he had to be armed then as everyone was called to defend the country against the aggressors. As a young teen he saw action in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
He is now 86 years old and residing at Barangay GPS, Koronadal City where he moved after the war.
Enrijo was present during the opening of the exhibit.
To the queries of curious visitors who asked him if he did not fear for his life and on the number of enemies he killed: "Hindi ako natakot kasi kailangan nating ipagtanggol ang ating buhay. Hindi ko mabilang ang mga napatay kong kalaban," (I was not afraid because I have to defend myself. I lost count of the enemies I killed) Enrijo said.
Philippine Veterans Bank director Percianita Racho thanked Mayor Peter Miguel for hosting the photo exhibit and stressed the importance of the undertaking in reliving the heroism of the war veterans who sacrificed their lives to protect the sovereignty of our nation.
Dr. Ricardo Jose of the University of the Philippines related that South Cotabato has its heroic defenders mentioning among others Epang Garingo, a woman who was adamant to reveal the whereabout of her brother Pepe, an army lieutenant during world war II despite being subjected to tortures.
The traveling exhibit is one of the more significant activities of the on going Hinugyaw festival of Koronadal City. (OTSudaria/PIA 12)