In the wake of the discovery of the WWII warship Musashi, it was revealed Paul Allen wasn’t the only one looking for it.
Gen. Dominador Resos, Jr. (Ret) President of the Romblon Cultural Heritage Association, Inc. (ROCHAI) became the proponent of The Commemoration of the Battle of Sibuyan Sea, first celebrated on October 24, 2006, to honor the brave men who perished in the battle as well as recognizing the peace they have fought for which forever remains admirable. The installation of The Battle of Sibuyan Sea Memorial in Alcantara, Romblon took place as well.
The commemoration now became an annual multinational event since then, especially after Pres. Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 45 declaring Oct. 24 as Battle of Sibuyan Sea Day.
Romblon Cultural Heritage Association, Inc. (ROCHAI) became a major organizer of the annual commemoration.
It was also reported that in 2008, Resos. Jr. also came in contact with Japanese personalities who are interested in pinpointing Musashi under the Sibuyan Sea, and if possible, refloat her.
The Japanese group headed by Kiyoshi Goto of the Japanese government and Toshihiko Suzuki, chief executive officer of AIPAC (Asian Countries and Islands Optical Fiber Communication and Philippines Property in Asia), made yesterday an offer to the Philippine government to refloat the sunken Japanese warship in the Sibuyan Sea, offering to shoulder the costs to refloat it.
The Japanese offered calls for the conversion of the warship into a tourist attraction which could be made a symbol of friendship between the Philippines and Japan.
If refloated, the ship would be towed to the nearby Carabao Island where it would developed into some kind of a war museum.
Carabao Island, Resos said, would be developed into an international tourism spot complete with international airport, seaport, hotels, and other amenities. This would benefit thousands of residents of Romblon and Aklan, he said.
However, due to the recent discovery and its shape, Musashi may not be possible to refloat. As per Allen’s video, the wreck landed in pieces on the sea floor. A law passed in 2009 also places the likes of Musashi and similar wrecks under government protection, with refloating unlikely.
So much for reincarnating her into a hotel of sorts.