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73RD ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS

73RD ANNIVERSARY OF BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS. The historic Battle of Bessang Pass between Filipino guerrillas vs. the mighty Japanese Imperial Army in WWII was commemorated in a ceremony led by the provincial government of Ilocos Sur and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office last June 14, 2018 at the site where the battle occurred 73 years ago in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur. Conceded by American military authorities as “one of the most terrible and incredibly difficult battle of the entire war,” the battle was nevertheless won by some 100 Filipino guerrillas led by 26-year old Emilio M. Narcise, hastening the surrender of General Tomoyuki Yamashita. (photo by Lorelei Tajon)

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