The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will celebrate its 79th founding anniversary in a ceremony at its headquarters in
December 18. Quezon City
This year’s anniversary is anchored with the theme “Sandatahang Lakas: Ika-79 Taong Tapat na Naglilingkod Tungo sa Kapayapaan, Kasaganahan at Kaunlaran”.
President Benigno S. Aquino III, AFP Commander-in-Chief, is the guest of honor and speaker.
The President will be joined by Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T. Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff, General Gregorio Pio P. Catapang Jr.
The military aims to highlight the ongoing implementation of the AFP Transformation Roadmap and the achievements of the AFP Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) "Bayanihan" through a series of activities that will be open to the public.
The AFP Anniversary Program will also include an awarding ceremony to give due recognition to deserving AFP Units, Military Officers and Personnel, Civilian Employees and ROTC Cadets.
It will be culminated with a Parade and Review of the AFP’s assets including motorized contingents from the Major Services, the AFP’s Humanitarian and Disaster Response (HADR) equipment, and brand-new equipment acquired through the AFP Modernization Program.
The anniversary kicked off Sunday with its "Bayanihan Run 2014" at the Quirino Grandstand,
A battalion size contingent each from the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy, General Headquarters, and Philippine Military Academy participated in the competition.
The 800-strong runners tracked about six kilometers from The Heritage Hotel Manila to Quirino Grandstand within 45 minutes.
The Philippine Air Force grabbed all three trophies for Best in Cadence, Best in Chanting, and Best in Uniform.
They were judged by officers from the GHQ Technical Service.
The all-military running competition is one of the highlights of the series of activities in line with the upcoming 79th AFP Anniversary.
It was aimed at showcasing the physical prowess, team work and camaraderie among soldiers, and spreading the message of "Bayanihan" to the public.