SMILING DESPITE THE BAD WEATHER. Participants posed for a group picture upon reaching the Japanese Garrison.
Three of the total seven bunkers were visited by the Governor’s Office- Information Unit (GO-IU) in partnership with GreenCat Inc., organized a pre-Liberation Day activity at the Japanese Garrison in Brgy. Bote in the municipality of Bato in Saturday, February 3.
40 participants from different groups and offices such as Governor’s Office – Human Resource Management Department (GO-HRMD), Provincial Tourism Office (PTO), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office – Virac (MDRRMO-Virac), and Bato Municipal Tourism Office (Bato MTO) joined the trekking activity. Two tour guides who are natives of Brgy. Bote also helped in facilitating the event. The trek lasted for about three to four hours.
In an interview with Professor Ramon Felipe Sarmiento, he shared some of his insights about the historical site such as the structure of each base. He said that the holes at the top of each bunker served as the passageway of sunlight.
“Sa akin they look more like bomb or air raid shelters,” when asked about the kind of structure of the garrison.
Dr. Sarmiento stressed that the trek was difficult yet engaging and fulfilling because he was already interested about the Garrison when he was in high school around 1975. He said that he had always wanted to go to the historical site because he is interested in its history.
Jayson Sarmiento, 22 years old from Virac said “Magayon. Sobrang gayon. Dai mi ngani yaexpect na mapatukad ang capitol para sa history ning Garrison,” when asked about his experience.
Sarmiento highlighted that the activity sparked his interest because he wanted to know the history of the Japanese Garrison and one of his hobbies include climbing. “Nabilib kami sa mga Hapon ta kung painano ninda tinayo ito para maging safe sinda,” he added.
“Mayad ngani ta bakong masyadong mainit ta kung mainit lalo kitang papagalon duman sa pagtukad ta su primero medyo steep su trail,” John Gianan, GreenCat Inc. president shared in an interview.
The event was launched as a pre-activity of the February Liberation Day.
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