I touched on this in Message #734 of 15 February but didn't go into much detail. The Philippine Liberation Ribbon was awarded by the Commonwealth of the Philippines to:
1. Individuals who served not less than 30 days, at any time and in any capacity with Allied forces in the Philippines, between 17 October 1944 and 3 September 1945.
2. Individuals who participated in initial landing operations on Leyte and/or nearby islands from 17 to 20 October 1944.
3. Individuals who participated in a major engagement with enemy forces during the campaign.
Individuals eligible under any two of the above provisions were authorized to wear a star on the ribbon. Individuals eligible under all three provisions were authorized to wear two stars. Medals were manufactured after the war and issued upon written request through proper channels. According to the local Philippine Consul (a long-time personal friend of the Marcos') relatively few Americans ever applied for medals and several thousand were recently destroyed.