Historians, researchers and history teachers are invited to the lecture "Finding Our Heroes: A Free Demonstration on the Filipino Guerilla Files" on May 18, 2017, 2 pm, at the Casa Real de Iloilo in Iloilo City. Marie Vallejo, head of the team that digitized the Philippine Guerilla Files from the US National Archives, will the main resource person. Open to everyone for free, the activity aims to spread awareness on the untold stories of guerrillas who fought during World War II which could be a source of inspiration because of their heroism.
Vallejo will provide an overview of the contents of the files, now known as the BGen Francisco Licuanan Jr. Memorial Collection, and how to go through them. She and her team spent four months in 2015 in the US National Archives and scanned 270 boxes of World War II records.
The scans are now accessible to Internet users at the Philippine Archives Collection. Vallejo's team was funded by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), the Filipino War Veterans Foundation (FILVET) and Francisco Licuanan whose father was an officer in the United States Army Forces of the Far East (USAFFE).
The goal was to make known the guerrillas’ heroic contributions during World War II thereby promoting pride and nationalism. The lecture is organized by the Philippine Veterans Bank, the Department of Education and the Public Information and Community Affairs Office of the Province of Iloilo.