PALO, Leyte (PNA) — Everything is in place for the 70th year commemoration of the historic landing at the Leyte Gulf that paved the way for the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese invasion.

The commemoration on October 20 will have for its guest of honor President Benigno S. Aquino III, according to Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominic Petilla.

While it is celebrated annually, this year’s activity is better compared with 2013 as more embassy officials from the Allied Forces have confirmed their participation.

Australia will be sending a battle ship and there will also be a simple re-enactment of what happened 70 years ago.

Australia will unveil a marker at the McArthur Park, Petilla added. The governor added that a space was allotted for other Allied countries should they want to also do the same.

The Embassy of Japan will also be sending representatives to the occasion.

Further, the provincial government is looking forward to the approval of the city government for a parade permit in line with the celebration.

This years’ preparation is jointly done by the provincial government and the national government through the National Historical Commission.

Petilla added that “face lifting” for the monuments and immediate areas where the occasion will be held has been done but the rehabilitation of the entire park may take longer. (PNA)