Day of Valor in the Philippines: Date, What’s Open and Closed Including Banks, Malls

April 8, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Day of Valor–also known as Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan–is a national holiday in the Philippines that honors the fighters who struggled during the fall of Bataan during World War II.

The day marks what happened on April 9, 1942, when Filipino Major General Edward King Jr. surrendered more than 76,000 starving and sickly soldiers (mostly Filipinos, but also Americans) to Japanese troops.

Many of these prisoners of war had their belongings confiscated before being forced to walk 90 miles (known as the Bataan Death March) to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.

Thousands died en route.

On the national non-working holiday, many streets are closed and public transport routes may be affected by parades.

A number of other stores, such as banks, for the most part are also closed.

Malls and other leisure areas typically remain open and most people spend time at these places during the holiday.

Since it’s a non-working holiday, anyone who is required to work must receive additional compensation. 

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