FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army started its major activities lined-up in celebration of the 119th founding anniversary with its enduring theme, “Serving the people. Securing the land.”

A static capability display and information caravan of the Army’s CMO Group started early today at the Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City which will showcase to the public the Army capabilities such as the war fighting equipment, humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) capabilities and recruitment program. The spectators are free to take photo souvenirs and get the feel of handling displayed Army equipment. The information caravan will culminate with a live concert featuring the Philippine Army band in the evening tomorrow, Sunday.

The Philippine Army will extend its anniversary celebration nationwide by conducting the Army Day Field Celebration in three major island of the country, the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao which will be facilitated by the Office of the Army Chief Public Affairs with the support of its major units and various stakeholders.

The field day celebration activities includes the following; presentation of the Army transformation 119 years since its establishment through photo exhibits and static displays, recruitment of officers and enlisted personnel for 2016, and showcasing the government peace programs in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders.

The field day celebration in Luzon started today at SM City Lucena under the supervision of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division (2ID). It will end on Sunday, March 6.

Army field day in Visayas will be held at Robinsons Mall in Tacloban City on March 11 and 12. Celebration in Mindanao will be held at Gaisano Mall in Tagum City on March 12 and 13.

Col. Benjamin L. Hao, the Army Chief Public Affairs says, “The Army Field Day Celebration in three major islands of the country aims to expand the celebration of the 119th founding anniversary down to its troops on the ground.”

“Our troops on the ground and the general public must be informed on what the Philippine Army has achieved on its 119 years of existence. They must know how far the Philippine Army is, in its transformation efforts,” said Hao.

Other activities lined-up in celebration of the 119th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army includes the following: Philippine Army Marksmanship Assessment and Evaluation to be held at the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac on March 7 to 14; Public Affairs Officers (PAO) Forum to be held at Army Headquarters here; free surgical mission to adult and children with cleft lip/palate at Army General Hospital on March 9 to 11; Regional Annual Administrative Tactical Inspection (RAATI) to ROTC units to be held here on March 13; Army Museum Open House on March 13 to 22; Fun Run and Media Fellowship Night on March 15; Tejeros Convention Ceremony at Tejeros, Cavite on March 16; Fellowship Dinner with Former Commanding General of the Philippine Army on March 17; wreath laying ceremony at Libingan ng mga Bayani on March 18; bloodletting activity at Army Grandstand on March 19; and the anniversary program on March 22 to be held here.

The Philippine Army was established on March 22, 1897 at the Tejeros, San Francisco de Malabon, Cavite. Gen Artemio Ricarte was named Captain General of the Ejercito en la Republica delos Islas Filipinas or the Revolutionary Philippine Army.