By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 15, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The 119th Philippine Army Day in Visayas hosted by Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino AFP, Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army was culminated in Robinsons Mall, Tacloban City on March 12, 2016.
The commemoration was highlighted with a Civic-Military Parade around Tacloban City as kick-off ceremony, showcasing the Army’s upgraded weapons, disaster response and combat capabilities.
Prior to the formal opening of Photo Exhibit and Static Display, was the launching of two Army songs entitled “Sundalo Ako” and “Sundalo ng Republika” which were composed by the 8ID troopers.
In line with the celebration, supplementary activities were conducted such as medical and dental consultation, information campaign on Return 119 and Audio-Visual Presentation on the documentaries of soldiers’ heroism and contribution to peace & development, as part of the continuing evolution through reforms and professionalism. Also, a recruitment booth was facilitated for those who want to join the profession of arms.
The audience was also serenaded with a musical entertainment by 8ID stage and marching band, dance prowess of 19th and 78th Infantry Battalion and participation of Leyte Idol grand winners.
Significant to the event was the conduct of seminar to our soldiers on “Gawin ang Tama” headed by Ms. Heide Sison.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Leadership of the Philippine Army for choosing 8ID as host during the 119th Philippine Army Day celebration in Visayas.
“The Philippine Army will endeavor to win the confidence, trust and support of our constituents and it is inherent for us to repay them with our selfless service to achieve a just and lasting peace in Eastern Visayas region”, Velarmino added.