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Pete Alisuag 1923-2005

Pedro "Pete" Alisuag, 81, a retired public school administrator and a popular WWII veteran leader at the Mrs. Philippines Seniors' Home in Oxon Hill, Maryland faded away in the Washington Hospital on Feb. 8, 2005. He fought hard to recover from his heart bypass surgery and declining health.

In January 2004, Pete was glad and proud that he finally got his US Veterans Medical ID card that he and comrades won after a decade of demonstrating and lobbying on Capitol Hill and the White House.

Pete was born on April 29, 1923 and grew up in Manila. His family hails from Batangas province. He finished at Arellano High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Manuel L. Quezon University.

During the war, Pete was a Filipino soldier in the US Army Forces in Far East (USAFFE), a sergeant in C Company 1st Battalion 49th Hunters-ROTC Guerrilla Unit, Batangas attached to the US 147th Field Artillery Battalion.

After the war, he was an elementary school teacher in Calaca, Batangas. He later received the national "Teacher of the Year" award for his accomplishments at the Balagtas and Pio Del Pilar primary schools in Manila. He later retired from his job as Tondo public school district supervisor.
 
He and his wife Eustaquia, "Naning" immigrated to the United States in 1987 and later became residents at Mrs. Philippines Seniors' Home in Oxon Hill, MD. Pete was an active member of the Douglas MacArthur-Vicente Lim VFW Post and the American Coalition for Filipino Veteran (ACFV).

Filipino Americans in Washington will miss Pete's powerful singing voice and his eloquent prayers at veteran rallies at the White House, in the Arlington National Cemetery and community gatherings. His ashes will be brought to the Philippines by his widow. Pete and Naning had no children.   # # #

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Ares, Alfredo, 82. He was in the high school at the outbreak of World War II the Pacific. He joined the guerrilla movement after the fall of Bataan in April 9, 1942 and Corregidor on May 6, 1942. He joined the group organized by soldiers who were released from the Prisoner of War concentration Camps - the 206th Guerrilla Battalion (LGAF) Ind. commanded by Captain Dionco, a former POW (now deceased).

 

   Ares went on risky missions with his unit. He infiltrated enemy installations and gathered intelligence the enemy's strength, equipment, location, disposition, organization and movements.

 

   Their efforts proved essential to successful raids and ambuscades against the enemy - although at times disastrous to communities where civilians also suffered. Ares participated in the Liberation of the town of Casiguran from the occupiers who were well entrenched in 1945.

 

   The town was easily taken over as the enemy hurriedly retreated northward to the Cagayan Valley. The guerrilla's successful actions provided the unit firearms and ammunitions.

 

   Ares was honorably discharged from the guerrilla service on February 13, 1946 with the rank of 1st Sergeant. He was awarded medals corresponding to the merits in defending freedom and democracy.

 

   After the war, Ares enlisted in the Armed Forces of the Philippines on October 8, 1948 and retired on July 16, 1971. With almost 25 years of active and honorable service, he served in different parts of the country to fight the insurgents who threatened the peace and order. He also went to Military and Police schools.

 

      On December 8, 1991 by the virtue of a bill passed by the US Congress and signed into Law by President George HW. Bush on immigration, Ares moved to America with other Filipino WWII Veterans. He took Oath of Allegiance to the American flag on December 16,1991 and became a US citizen.

 

      He had some rough days and moments adjusting life. He got his first SSI money after waiting for three-long frustrating months. He bought a portable typewriter upon receiving his first SSI money, bought a map of Sunnyvale City and found a friend to temporarily stay with.

 

   He read the daily papers and  wrote members in the U.S. Congress and Senate and President Bush to help the Filipino veterans cause.

 

   Later things went brightened up for him. He got in touch with Senator Barbara Boxer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi Rep. Anna G. Eshoo and others. He wrote to his family that his long-time dream was becoming a reality.

 

   Ares became a member of a veteran's USFILVET organization in San Jose led by Dominador Valdez. He was then appointed as an adviser of the organization and later as an officer of the organization for his leadership.

 

   He was later sent several times on a mission to Washington DC to attend hearings. He joined rallies with his fellow Filipino veterans on Capitol Hill and in front of the White House. Recently, he was a delegate during the dedication ceremony of the WWII National Memorial in the nation's capital.

 

     Ares became a family man on June 27, 1951. He was then 25 years old. He married the former Carlina dela Rosa. They were gifted with four children.

 

-- Prepared and proudly submitted by Ofelia R. Ares, daughter, January 28, 2005.

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