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Trivias about the Veterans Federation of the Philippines

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Philpost will issue a se-tenant pair of stamps depicting how the Filipino war heroes, otherwise known as veterans, who fought in World War II and in Korean War as well, and which also shows the logo of the VFP.

The VFP was created by virtue of Republic Act no. 2640, entitled, “An Act to Create a Public Corporation to be known as the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, defining its powers, and for other purposes.” This law was approved by President Carlos P. Garcia on June 18, 1960 and was later amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 35. It is the umbrella organization of veterans of the Philippine National Guard, World War II and the Korean War, their widows, and sons and daughters and is involved in looking after their welfare.

Emmanuel V. De Ocampo is currently the VFP President. Past VFP presidents include Jesus Marcos-Roces, Capt. Jose Razon, Gen. Alfonso Arellano, Gen. Dionisio S. Ojeda, Col. Simeon C. Medalla and Gen. Romeo Espino.

The following is the official VFP Hymn entitled ”Pagmamahal sa Bayan” which was composed by Francisco T. San Miguel:

“Pagmamahal sa bayan
Amin nang napatunayan
Kami ay nakipaglaban
Dahil sa kalayaan
Panata ng v.f.p.
Mahalin ang inang bayan
Maglingkod sa bayan
Ng walang alinlangan

Pagmamahal sa bayan
Amin muling pinatunayan
Kami ay nakipaglaban
Para sa katatagan
Panata ng v.f.p.
Mahalin ang inang bayan
Maglingkod sa bayan
Ng buong katapatan

Ipagtanggol ang bayan
Hanggang magpakailanman
Ipagtanggol ang bayan
Hanggang magpakailanman.”