Dec. 8 – A significant date for Filipinos

After the Dec 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese planes flew in to attack American bases in the Philippines the following morning, Dec 8. It would be the start of the Japanese campaign to annex the Philippines. This post is a reblog in memory of those who fought and died as the Japanese advanced during the early days of the War in the Pacific – one of whom was my uncle who died during the infamous Death March from Bataan to Capas, Tarlac.
To all my Filipino friends out there, I encourage you to read and follow this blogger I discovered recently. Subli is written by a Filipino writer, Rosalinda Morgan, now based in the US. It is all about the Philippines, our history, our people, our culture. Read, learn, and be inspired. (Cover photo courtesy of Houston Chronicle)


In the Philippines, December 8 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception where festival honoring the Virgin Mary are taking place in several towns. This is celebrated with evening processions, supplemented by cultural presentations, beauty pageants, and fireworks.

December 8 is also marked as the Second Pearl Harbor. Due to International Date Line, where Pearl Harbor is remembered in the United States on Dec. 7, in the Philippines it was actually Dec. 8 when ten hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, “another Pearl Harbor” of even more devastating consequence for American armed forces occurred in the Philippines, forty-five hundred miles to the west.

On December 8, 1941, 196 Japanese Navy bombers and fighters crippled the largest force of B-17 four-engine bombers outside the United States and also decimated their protective P-40 interceptors. The first Japanese bombs to fall on Philippine soil hit Camp John Hay in…

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