March 18 is Liberation of Panay


This year marks the 78th Liberation of Panay – a public holiday in the islands of Panay, Guimaras, and Romblon. It is a non-working holiday.

78th Panay Landing Schedule of Activities

Source: Lugen “FLS” Ortilano (Facebook Page) | Updated March 13, 2023

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Panay Liberation Day, alternatively Panay Landing Day is an annual event that commemorates the historic landing of the 40th Infantry Division, 8th US Army on Panay to help the Panay Guerilla Forces against the Japanese Imperial Forces during the Battle of the Visayas.
In line with the 78th Panay Landing Celebration, the Local Government Unit of Tigbauan will be spearheading a week-long series of activities to commemorate the heroism of our liberators and our forefathers, and to pay our respects to the World War II heroes of Panay. The celebration also aims to educate the young generation on the importance of our history and to instill in us a sense of joy, pride, gratefulness, and nationalism.

Proclamation No. 430

Proclamation No. 430 or “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” is an act to commemorate great history as the veterans of the 6th Military District and the people of Panay and Romblon when the Free Panay Guerilla Forces launched the final assault on the Japanese Occupation Forces coinciding with the landing of the American Liberation Forces at the Tigbauan beach as prearranged between Col. Macario Peralta, Jr., founder and overall commander of the Free Panay Guerilla Forces and Lt. General Robert L. Eichelberger, Commanding General of the 8th United States Army.

Also read: List of Iloilo City Holidays

This day is to celebrate the liberation of the islands and the sacrifices and valor of the Free Panay Guerilla Forces.

Iloilo’s Resistance Against the Japanese

Iloilo is one of the most successful resistance movements during the war against the Japanese. The success of the movement came with the support of political leadership. General Macario Peralta has provide military leadership and Tomas Confessor, the governor during that period, provided political leadership.

Panay Liberation Day 1945
Photo by: U.S. Army 40th Infantry Division WW2 Photo Library

Liberation of Panay in History

December 8, 1941. The Empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. They attacked the American colony of the Philippines.

October 20, 1944. The battle of Leyte happened and led to the liberation of the island of Leyte. It begins with the successful Philippines campaign of 1944–1945.

March 18, 1945. The battle of the Visayas began with the Allied landing at Tigbauan, Iloilo.

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Panay Liberation Marker (Tigbauan)

The shore in Barangay Parara Sur, Tigbauan is where the Americans under Major General Rapp Brush landed to liberate Panay Island from Japanese occupation on March 18, 1945.

Panay Landing Memorial
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This is where the monument of General Mc Arthur together with Col. Macario Peralta and Col. J. Chaves beneath which is a marker.

Panay Liberation Marker reads: On these shores landed 18 March 1945 the 40th Infantry Division, 8th U.S. Army under Major General Rapp Brush. The Filipino forces under Colonel Macario Peralta Jr. met them and jointly started operations for the liberation of Panay Island.

Panay Landing historical marker
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Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine

The main ceremony is held at the Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine in Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro. It is a veterans’ cemetery and the burial place of the guerrilla leader Col. Macario Peralta. The cemetery is the only military cemetery established outside Metro Manila.

Balantang Memorial Cemetery National Shrine
Photo by National Registry of Historic Sites and Structures in the Philippines

Read also: Iloilo City Cultural Heritage: Balantang National Shrine


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