World War II Veteran and Tanauan City, Batangas native Fidel Gonzales Macahia was honored by the Batangas Provincial Capitol, June 19.
Macahia, a teenager in the 1940s, enlisted at 224th Infantry Station of the Philippine Constabulary, fought for Philippine freedom against the Japanese and escaped out of dreaded 106 km Death March in 1942.
He was then appointed by fellow Batangueno and then House Speaker Jose B. Laurel as his official security and intelligence officer.
Years after, he migrated to the United States as a US war veteran and subsequently became an American citizen.
Now a centenarian, Mr. Macahia’s fetes as a gallant soldier is adored by the generations after him. Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, in a forum at the Batangas Capitol, said that Mr. Fidel Macahia’s bravery and heroic efforts are an inspiration to Filipinos.
Mr. Fidel Macahia’s achievements as a centenarian and a World War II Veteran has been honored by Batangas Provincial Offices and his home city of Tanauan.