South Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) will host a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Philippines participation in the Korean War at the Korean War Monument to the Philippine Armed Forces in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do. This is in commemoration of the Filipino forces who arrived in Busan, South Korea on September 19, 1950.
While complying with COVID-19 regulations, MPVA Minister Park Sam-Duck, Charge de Affairs Christian L. De Jesus of the Philippine Embassy, Vice Admiral Stuart Campbell Mayer of the United Nations Command, and Goyang Mayor Lee Jae-joon, deputy commander of the ROK Army 1 Corps will pay tribute to the fallen Filipino heroes.
The MPVA has several programs in place to express Korea’s gratitude to UN veterans of the Korean War. They had already held the 70th anniversary of the Korean War commemoration ceremony and the UN Forces’ participation day ceremony. In May, the MPVA sent face masks to the veterans in the Philippines to help them fight against COVID-19. On November 11, they plan to hold a memorial ceremony and music concert to coincide with the Veterans Day.
The Philippines was the third country to send ground troops to Korea, following the United States and United Kingdom. 7,420 Filipino soldiers served in Korea for the three years from September 19 to May 13, 1952.
Filipino soldiers operated alongside the United States 25th Infantry Division from October 1, 1950 and made great achievements in the Battle of Yultong in April 1951 resulting in 112 deaths, 288 wounded, 16 missing, and 41 prisoners of war. They also helped in reconstructing Korea after the war, and contributed a small number of troops to the United Nations Command to oversee the armistice.