It will be a non-working holiday in cities of Iloilo and Roxas, the islands of Panay and Romblon on Monday, March 18, 2013 as a celebration of 68th anniversary of Liberation of Panay, also known as Victory Day.
Former President Corazon Aquino issued Proclamation No. 430 entitled “An Act Declaring March 18 of every year as Victory Day in the Islands of Panay and Romblon including the cities of Iloilo and Roxas” in 1989 to commemorate the patriotism and gallantry of Filipino soldiers who teamed up with the Allied Forces during the Second World War to liberate Panay and Romblon islands on March 18, 1945.
“March 18, 1945 is of great historical and sentimental significance to both the veterans and the people of Panay and Romblon because it was the day when the Panay Guerilla Forces launched the final assault on the Japanese Imperial Armed Forces,” the proclamation added.
The annual rites of the Liberation of Panay will be held at Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine in Quintin Salas, Jaro, Iloilo City.