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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hello, I was in Manila a few days ago and had time to visit the Central Post Office. A beautiful building and if ever you get the chance to visit I do recommend it. A few pictures I hope you enjoy seeing, and then some history about what the stamp commemorates.

They have a Philatelic office and the very kind employee showed me so much of their material. They also had a desk or two on the mail hall with a guy selling all sorts of old covers. Very nice way to spend some time before my flight back to Laoag.

I picked up a few stamps including this one. A very sad time of course but none the less commemorated by this stamp.  Some history courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Bataan Death March was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000 – 80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war from Saisaih Point, Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles to Camp O’Donnel via San Fernando where the prisoners were loaded onto trains.

The transfer began on April 9, 1942, after the three-month Battle of Bataan during World War II  . The total distance marched from Mariveles to San Fernando and from the Capas Train Station to Camp O'Donnell is variously reported by differing sources as between 96.6 and 112.0 km. Differing sources also report widely differing prisoner of war casualties prior to reaching Camp O'Donnell: from 5,000 to 18,000 Filipino deaths and 500 to 650 American deaths during the march. The march was later judged by an Allied military commission to be a Japanese war crime.

Enjoy your stamps and have a great weekend.    Michael


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