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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tabak observes Philippine Army’s 118th anniversary

By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Static display of military capabilities, film showing, photo display, musical entertainment and distribution of information materials have highlighted the Philippine Army’s (PA) 118th founding anniversary held on March 22 at the Gaisano Capital Mall in this city.

Lt. Col. Aude Mongao, commanding officer of the 1st Civil-Military Operations battalion said the division under the leadership of BGen. Gerardo Barrientos Jr. brought two units of armored personnel carrier (APC) to the mall’s parking lot together with its capability demonstration squad.

The public was also allowed to take pictures inside and outside the APC or with the squad.

Members of the Tabak Brass Band also showcased their musical talents to the charm and delight of the spectators.
At the mall’s lobby, a photo gallery was displayed and a film showing featuring various programs, projects and activities of the division was conducted.
A mini-concert was held in the evening with the 1st Tabak Combo and 5th Infantry Battalion’s combo at the Plaza Luz Stage, a showdown of vocalists composed of enlisted women in military uniform.

According to Mongao, the said activities had given the civilians opportunity to watch and participate in “to let them feel they are genuinely welcome.”

“We demonstrate our intentions of bringing services closer to the people consistent with the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) OR “Bayanhan Campaign,” Mongao said.

From the activities conducted, Mongao observed that the civilians are getting closer to the Philippine Army as evidenced by their presence and doing interpersonal communications.  

Mongao also thanked the management of Gaisano Capital Mall for allowing Tabak troopers to conduct their activities here.