3rd Conference on World War II in the Philippines-The Legacy of Two Nations

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Bataan Legacy Historical Society, Memorare Manila 1945 and the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program of the University of San Francisco will present the Third Conference on WWII in the Philippines on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10AM to 4PM, at the University of San Francisco's McLaren Conference Center at 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA. Doors will open at 9:30AM. Topics for this year's panels include:
  • The WWII in the Philippines lesson plans to help implement California's U.S. history curriculum framework for Grade 11 (approved July 14, 2016)
  • The Role of the Guerrillas during the Liberation of the Philippines 

  • Hell Ships

  • War Crimes in the Philippines

Experts and survivors from the Philippines, Canada and the United States will participate in these panels. Panel members include Col. John Haramalis, an expert on war crimes who led a NATO Multinational Task Force against the last six internationally indicted fugitive war criminals in Bosnia, James Erickson, the leading expert on the Hell Ships, and Bernard Karganilla, a professor from the University of the Philippines, who has done extensive research on the guerrillas for the last 35 years. Also included in the program are Maj. General (Ret.) Antonio Taguba, who will speak about the Congressional Medal of Honor for the WWII Filipino veterans, and Maj. General (Ret.) Eldon Regua, a member of Governor Brown's military council.

The conference is open to the public and admission is free. However, pre-registration is strongly recommended through Eventbrite.

Bataan Legacy Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. It worked successfully with the California Department of Education to include WWII in the Philippines in the U.S. history curriculum framework for Grade 11 in California. It is now working with Bay Area high school teachers to create the WWII in the Philippines lesson plans in order to help with the implementation. For more information go to www.bataanlegacy.org.

Program for 3rd Conference on WWII in the Philippines
Saturday, September 9, 2017
University of San Francisco McLaren Conference Center
2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA

9:30-10:00   Door Opens, Registration, etc.
10:00   Color Guard by USF ROTC Cadets led by Master Sgt. (Ret.) Stanley Kamiya & 91st Division
10:05   National Anthems of the Philippines & the U.S. by USF Kasamahan Chorale Group
10:10    Pledge of Allegiance by Nikki Sanchez, President of USF Kasamahan
10:15    Invocation by Rev. Leonard Oakes
10:20   Welcome by Prof. James Zarsadiaz, Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program
10:25   WWII Lesson Plans – Introduction of Teachers by Cecilia Gaerlan & Tracie Noriega
10:50   Congressional Gold Medal – Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Antonio Taguba
11:00    Role of the Guerrillas during the Liberation – Panelists: Bernard Karganilla, Esperanza de Ocampo, Alice Benitez
12:00   Call to Action (Fundraising Call) by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Eldon Regua
12:05 Lunch
1:05     Hell Ships – Panelists: James Erickson, Will Walker, Jake Kliatchko
2:05    War Crimes in the Philippines – Panelists: Col. John Haramalis, Carlos Perez-Rubio
3:05    Q&A
3:30    Get to know the Panelists, Authors, etc.
4:00    Thank You & End of Conferenc


Consuelo Hall-McHugh

Mona Lisa Yuchengo

Gareth & Ruth Hill
Richard Bertero & Michie McDougle

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