Consul General Claro S. Cristobal (2nd row, standing 3rd from left) and Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret.; 2nd row, standing 4th from left) with Capt. Pablo Barros (seated, 2nd from left), surviving World War II Veteran, and family members of other veterans who received the Congressional Gold Medal Award at the Philippine Center in New York on Sept. 8, 2018.  (Photo by Lambert Parong)

Fifteen Filipino World War II Veterans were honored in a ceremony organized by the Philippine Consulate General headed by Consul General Claro S. Cristobal and the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (FilVetREP) led by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (Ret.) held at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center in New York on Sept. 8, 2018.

Capt. Pablo Barros, surviving WWII Veteran, and the family of 14 other veterans received a U.S. Mint replica of the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) awarded by the U.S. Congress to Filipino veterans of WWII, as well as a copy of Public Law 114-265, otherwise known as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015.

In his remarks, Cristobal expressed his most profound gratitude to the Filipino Veterans of World War II for the extreme sacrifices and bravery they unselfishly showed to protect freedom and democracy.

He said, “We and the generations of Filipinos to come owe you our thanks and respect. Because of you, we are able to enjoy the fruits of progress, freedom and democracy.”

He likewise thanked the family members of veterans who have passed or unable to attend the ceremony.


Consul General Claro S. Cristobal and Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba present the CGM to Capt. Pablo Barros.  (Photo by NYPCG)

“Rest assured that their services to our country and people will never be forgotten,” Cristobal said.

The consul general acknowledged the efforts of Taguba, the FilVetREP, and all those who lobbied and supported the passage of the bill in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, particularly those in the U.S. Northeast.

The law brought into fruition the efforts of various groups in the Fil-Am Community and the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the U.S. led by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Taguba said that FilVetREP has conducted 44 awarding ceremonies across the U.S. since October 2017 when the lone Congressional Gold Medal was presented and collectively awarded by the U.S. Congress.

He said that the group is now developing an education program that will educate the public on the historic importance of the contributions of Filipino Veterans of World War II.

The following Veterans were the recipients of the CGM:

1. Major Jose Falco

2. Abelardo Perucho Andal

3. Santiago Hipolito

4. Filemon T. Magracia

5. Andres S. Friginal

6. Moises M. Santos

7. Romeo Guitterez

8. Leopoldo T. Osano

9. Capt. Pablo Barros

10. Mario J. Valdeavella

11. Fidel A. Ansay

12. Jaime B. Aban

13. Avelino Tanjutco

14. Jacobo Tanjutco

15. Ramon Pelaez Sobrepeña

Filipino World War II Veterans or members of their family who have not received the award may get in touch with FilVetREP through their website:

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Consul General Claro S. Cristobal (center), Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (right) and Consul Arman R. Talbo discuss the CGM in a meeting before the awarding ceremony.  (Photo by FilVetREP)

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