Army unveils activities for 121st anniversary

MANILA The Philippine Army (PA) has lined up several activities to celebrate its 121st founding anniversary on March 20.

Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva, PA spokesperson, said these events would focus on the Army's commitment to its core purpose to serve the people, and secure the land.

These activities, which are open to the public, include:

*Tienda or Night Market (March 10-11, and March 17-18): A weekend mini-bazaar offices at the Philippine Army Officers Clubhouse parking area, with Army stakeholders and Army units as merchandisers;

*Info Caravan (March 10-11): An information caravan that showcases the Army's various capabilities at Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig;

*Musikapayapaan 2018 (March 10 - 11): Bands from the Philippine Army Major Units will showcase their talent in music in a battle of the band. The event is part of the Army Info Caravan in BGC;

*Regional Annual Administrative Tactical Inspection (March 11): A yearly activity of the Army Reserve Command where cadets from the National Capital Region Reserve Officer Training Corps will demonstrate their skills and training through a series of challenges, such as obstacle course, field stripping, map reading, firearms identification, and first aid;

*Commemoration of the Tejeros Convention (March 15): A wreath-laying ceremony in Kawit, Cavite to remember the Tejeros Convention, which is an important historical event related to the PA;

*Anniversary Mass and Wreath-Laying Ceremony (March 19): A wreath-laying ceremony followed by a Thanksgiving Mass at the Libingan ng mga Bayani to honor fallen heroes;

*Philippine Army Museum Open House (March 19 -22): The Philippine Army Museum located at the Army headquarters will open its doors to spectators for free to give them a glimpse of the organization's past;

*Senior Leaders Conference (March 20 - 21): An annual event that aims to keep senior leaders of the Army abreast of the programs and other relevant developments affecting the Army held at its headquarters;

*PA Anniversary Ceremony (March 20): A showcase of Army troops and capabilities and the presentation of awards to deserving personnel;

*PA Fellowship Dinner (March 21): A fellowship dinner at the Philippine Army Officers' Club House where one of the event highlights is the ceremonial cutting of the Army Day cake;

*Simultaneous Flag Raising and Reaffirmation of Allegiance (March 22): A simultaneous flag raising ceremony and reaffirmation of allegiance held at the PA major units nationwide; and

*Testimonial Review in Honor of Army stakeholders and former Commanding Generals of the Philippine Army (March 22): A recognition ceremony to Army stakeholders and the former Commanding Generals at the Army headquarters.

"We would like to celebrate our anniversary with our stakeholders. This is not only an opportunity for us to introduce the organization to the public, but also to give a simple thank you for their overwhelming support for the past months, Villanueva added.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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