Mariveles start of Death March of Bataan The Bataan Death March started in the city of Mariveles, Philippines in the Province of Bataan as best I understand today. I have discovered there is a company Dong-In Entech K1 Inc. that manufactures backpacks and one of the brands produced is Kelty, what seems to be a trendy brand name for packs. --------------------------------- Manila, Philippines - Quezon City Southeast Asia Friday, December 7, 2007 Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- ----------------------------------
There are two great reasons to now to visit this area; one is to pay respect to the location of many humans who died here at the starting point of the The Death March of Bataan. I think there is a marker there that indicates the start of the walk. This is also hopeful it is possible to manufacture backpacks in the Philippines.
My essential goal is to find materials, brains, people who can help contribute to making the perfect bag, however mostly suppliers of raw bag materials.
The Bataan Death March (also known as The Death March of Bataan) took place in the Philippines in 1942 and was later accounted as a Japanese war crime. The 60 miles (97 km) march occurred after the three-month Battle of Bataan, part of the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42), during World War II.
The march, involving the forcible transfer of 90,000 to 100,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war captured by the Japanese in the Philippines from the Bataan peninsula to prison camps, was characterized by wide-ranging physical abuse, murder, savagery, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon the prisoners and civilians along the route by the armed forces of the Empire of Japan. Beheadings, cut throats and being casually shot were the more common and merciful actions — compared to bayonet stabbings, rapes, guttings (cut open bellies and left to die), numerous rifle butt beatings and a deliberate refusal to allow the prisoners food or water while keeping them continually marching for nearly a week (for the slowest survivors) in tropical heat. Falling down, unable to continue moving was tantamount to a death sentence, as was any degree of protest or expression of displeasure.
Mariveles City of Province of Bataan in Country of Philipines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariveles%2C_Bataan