CAPAS, TARLAC – Dated March 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM, Tambo Road has been filled with screams, bloody scenes, soldiers and pleading Filipinos when all public and private Capas grade 11 students rendered a tiring 7-Km walk and re-enacment of the renowned Death March in the year 1942.

Joined by 300 participants including teachers, parents, government employees and volunteers, the Capas students have walked with pride, sweat and a handful of mixed emotions in proving their patriotism and nationalism through commemoration and reverence of the bravery of 60,000-80,000 Filipino and American soldiers live by experiencing part of the heroes’ trail.

“As we walk our way to the Capas National Shrine, I almost forgot it was just a re-enactment. It was really tiring and my tears naturally fell down seeing all the others’ hardships, I wanted to give my male classmates water or food but the soldiers kept on pushing us away,” says Alyanna Mendoza, grade 11 student.

In pursuance of the Article II, Section 13 of the 1987 Constitution whereas, “the State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and scoail well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs;” Capas Mayor Reynaldo L. Catacutan have ordered all grade 11 students from public and private schools to march from Brgy. Sto. Domingo II Death March Marker to the Capas National Shrine before they graduate on his Executive Order No. 08, Series of 2017.

“Under the mandate of the Philippine Constitution, we in the local government unit should aim to instill patriotism and nationalism among Capaseño youth. Despite the fact that technology has taken over the minds of many, students, as youth, should learn to involve themselves in advocacies, cultural events, and public and civic affairs as these activities will build their strong character and identities,” Mayor Catacutan said.

According to the local chief executive, Capas is not only a home to the gigantic 100 ft. shrine obelisk, but a municipality where hallmarks of nationalism and bravery lies.

“Capas is a melting pot, it is an amalgam of different cultures but its history remains the same in the heart of the locals and we want to keep it that way even amongst the youth and the next generation of Capaseños,” Catacutan added.

Issued earlier in his previous 9-year term as an undefeated mayor, the E.O was recently modified and signed for immediate effectivity last February 9, 2017 in relation with the changes in the education system and in respect to the K-12 Education Program.

“As part of the audience, I was actually confused rather impressed the moment I have watched the students. The students delivered so well everything looked so real. And to my surprise, my grandfather uttered beside me said this was the exact spot were he, as a boy, watched many Filipino soldiers march to their death,” says Louise David.

Meanwhile, the truthful and well-applauded re-enactment was won by Capas High School,whom among eight schools, have best portrayed the Death March and bagged the P10,000 cash prize and certificate.


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