September 11, 2018, San Francisco, CA- Bataan Legacy Historical Society, Memorare Manila 1945, the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program of the University of San Francisco and Kasamahan at USF will present the 4th Conference on World War II in the Philippines – Resistance, Retaliation, Reconciliation & Rescission on Saturday, September 22 from 10AM to 4PM, at McLaren Conference Center, University of San Francisco. Topics for this year’s panels include:

  • The Implementation of the WWII in the Philippines lesson plans for Grade 11 in California
  • Military & Civilian Resistance
  • War Crimes & Reconciliation

The Conference is chaired by Golden Gate University Law Professor (Former Dean of Law School) Rachel Van Cleave. Experts and survivors from the Philippines and the United States will participate in the conference. The Conference will be opened by Father Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., President of the University of San Francisco. Among the speakers will be James Scott, Author of Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita & the Battle of Manila who will speak in the War Crimes Panel.

The conference will feature high school teachers who will speak about their implementation of the Lesson Plans which were created last year during two teachers’ workshops that were conducted by Bataan Legacy Historical Society to help implement the Grade 11 U.S. history curriculum framework that contains WWII in the Philippines. These lesson plans are now available to schools for free including primary documents and resources. Included in the teachers’ panel is Shelby Thompson of Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, Louisiana. Also featured is a junior high school student from Ronald Reagan High School in Milwaukee, WI who created a project on the Rescission Act, a 1946 U.S. legislation which deemed the service of the Filipino WWII veterans as not active, thereby denying them their veterans’ benefits as part of the U.S. Army Forces in the Far East.

Admission is Free for Students with a Valid ID; Adults is $20 (Includes boxed lunch). There is also a sliding scale admission for the elderly. Registration is strongly recommended through BataanLegacy.

Bataan Legacy Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. It worked successfully with the California Department of Education to include WWII in the Philippines in the U.S. history curriculum framework for Grade 11 in California. For more information go to