World War II was a grim and terrible period in history that shook the very core of every nation. It was a time of warfare, politics and unfortunate discoveries. Needless to say, the Philippines does not fall short of experience when it comes to the great World Wars. This tropical country has had its fair share of invaders and has heroically defended its homefront through sheer will and determination.
It was during World War II (WW2) that the Japanese invaders tried to subdue our country to their iron fist rule. With the support of the American allied forces, the Philippines was victorious in defending “Inang Bayan.” But the war brought about many tragedies around the world. Societies scarred forever, the war left many nations in need of political and economic change. Many remnants from the war were discovered and are now displayed in the island’s museum. This house preserving the military artifacts is known as the Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum.
History of the Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum
The Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum was erected on December 7, 2011. It’s also the day the attack on Pearl Harbor—a historical event during WW2—had its 70th anniversary. Higinio “Buddy” Mendoza opened the museum in dedication to his father, the late Dr. Higinio Mendoza Sr., a guerrilla soldier who resisted the Japanese invaders. Buddy’s father is considered a war hero because of his efforts in fighting off the Japanese soldiers. He was killed in action by Japanese troops at Canigaran Beach. The museum stands as a landmark catering to local and international visitors in order to share the knowledge and culture of Palawan and also a history of WW2 in the Philippines.
Inside the Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum
During the tour, you’ll find many interesting things inside the museum. The place is sprawling with old military warfare and vehicles. Different weapons of old are carefully preserved and showcased inside glass cases. Guns of different shapes and sizes are a sight to behold, not to mention the World War II jeep that is parked near the entrance. One of the famous artifacts displayed are the old weaponry and clothes of the Palaweño guerillas who fought in the war. Aside from weaponry and armor, paintings are posted on the wall depicting not only the Word Wars but also the cultural heritage of Palawan. There are also posters containing information on land, sea and air vehicles used in WW2.
Entering the Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum only costs about P30. Children below 10 years old are given free entrance. The museum is open daily from 8am to 12nn and at 1pm to 5pm.
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