LOOK: Mayor Honey Lacuna attended the ribbon cutting of the World War II exhibit on Saturday, July 16.

The Philippine World War II Memorial Foundation, together with Intramuros Administration, opened an exhibit commemorating the events during the second world war from 1939 to 1945.

Manila Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan was joined by Mexican Ambassador H.E. Gerardo Lozano Arredondo, Australian Ambassador H.E. Steven Robinson, New Zealand Ambassador Peter Kell, Russian Embassy Counsellor Constantine Beliaeu, and Intramuros Administration OIC Edgardo Baysic during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor Honey Lacuna thanked the Philippine World War II Memorial Foundation and the Intramuros Administration for providing the current generation with a reminder of what happened during the tragic event which greatly influenced the present times.

“This narrative and pictorial exhibit of the second world war in our country is a manifestation of our commitment to be partners in initiating, developing, and carrying-out projects and activities that will educate and enlighten the Filipino people, especially the youth by immortalizing significant events of our past,” she said

“The events of the past [Battle of Manila] may be a bitter pill for us to swallow, but the lessons it brought to us made us better citizens of today,” she added.

Mexican Ambassador H.E. Gerardo Lozano Arredondo spoke of the importance of the exhibit in preserving the memories of the Philippine resistance during the second world war.

“I am confident that this exhibition will promote public awareness on the devastating impact of the World War 2 in the Philippines and inspire future generation to reflect on the event,” he added.

Australian Ambassador H.E. Steve Robinson also reminded us to acknowledge and recognize the courage and sacrifice of the Filipinos, Australians, and allied partners during the war.

The “Remembering World War II” narrative and pictorial exhibit will be open to the public from July 16 to December 31, 2022 at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.

(Photos by K R De Asis/MPIO)