|Shadow Of The Cross On The Mountainous Landscape Of Baatan|
|Monument To Honor Baatan POWs|
We had two events this week that were note worthy. The ninth of April was a Day of Commemoration for the Baatan Death March during the Second World War. The other event was the fulfillment of Norma’s planning for a day trip to the Hacienda Escudero yesterday.
For us, the ninth of April was a busy day at the Temple. The Filipino Saints are very faithful in attendance at the Temple when they have a day off work for a holiday.
As far as the Baatan Death March, it was one of the most tragic events of the war. Thousands of American and Filipino POWs died under the torturing of the Japanese and Korean soldiers. “The eighty-mile march was characterized by wide-range physical abuse and murder, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon prisoners and civilians alike. It was later judged by an Allied military commission to be a Japanese war crime. These POWs had surrendered. They were beaten, and they were starved as they marched. Some of those who fell were beheaded by Japanese officers. The Japanese culture at that time reflected the view that any warrior who surrendered had no honor; thus he was not to be treated like a human being. Thus they were not committing crimes against human beings. The Japanese soldiers at that time felt they were dealing with sub-humans and animals.” Wikipedia When we traveled to Subic Bay in March, we drove along much of the road on which the POWs marched. We also visited the large cross, which was built to pay tribute to those who died on the march.
|Water Buffalo Cart Ride To The Lunch|
We arrived at about ten o’clock in the morning. We wandered through the beautifully landscaped plantation. We visited the museum, which housed many Catholic floats and memorabilia. Many of the floats were several hundred years old and are still used in parades on religious holidays such as last week’s Easter parade. They are extremely priceless relics of precious metals. They also exhibited a few large gold and silver alters.
There is a large stream running through the plantation. It was dammed off in 1929 to create the hydroelectric plant. This has created a nice lake for boating above the dam, and a nice waterfall over the dam. We were fed a buffet in an outdoor dining space in the middle of the stream below the falls. Having our feet in the water did cool us down a bit; however, the day was hot enough that swimming would be the only way to really cool down. None of the missionaries went swimming. The lunch was a novel experience.
The entertainment in the afternoon was a demonstration of dance and costumes from various regions of the country to the music of drums and a folk-string ensemble. It was very entertaining.
Norma did the research and planning for the trip and provided a very successful activity for everyone.
We’ll close for now.
We love you,
|Eating While Cooling Our Feet|
|How About Lunch On The Riv|
|A Little After Lunch Dip|
|An After Lunch Hike|
|An Afternoon Nap|
|Hard Work On The Plantation|
|See The Small Bananas On The|
|Different Tribal Movements|
|Exit Mindanao Prince|
|Another Regional Dance|
|More Music And Dances|
|A Walk Through The Gardens|
|Good Bye Escudero|
|Multiple Km. Markers On Baatan Road|
Elder and Sister