by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, June 14 (PIA) -– It’s a first in the celebration of Independence Day here in the province of Sorsogon that the Armed Forces of the Philippines‘ (AFP) presence was well applauded and given some tourism come-on instant flavor.
The special participation of the AFP’s 3rd Special Forces Company based in Barangay Bayasong, Pilar, Sorosogon here during Sunday’s 113th Independence Day celebration become an instant scene stealer, wowed the audience with their dance number to the tune of Waka-Waka by Shakira and the static public display of their military artillery became the topic of the day’s event in the public market and in the news this morning.
Their military artillery display became a photo ops event for the people of Sorsogon for their famous social networking Facebook –uploading of pictures for Independence Day here seen by millions all over the world.
Considered to be a bit subdued and with less funfare, the 113th Independence Day celebration here started at 7:15 AM with an opening prayer in a form of a tableau performed by the Community-Based Theater Group (CBTG) and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem led by Himig Kapitolyo.
The Panunumpa sa Watawat was led by Sorsogon City mayor Leovic R. Dioneda and the major activity of the celebration was a wreath laying in front of the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal offered by the different heads of agencies.
The celebration this year was also well attended by all government employees. After the program the public had an opportunity to take photos with all the military artillery as backgrounds and the men in uniform who acceded freely to be part of the photo ops of those who participated in the celebration.
What took the public’s breath away was the first time display of the military artillery by the 903 AFP 3rd special forces company with selected men in uniform with painted covered faces as if ready for combat .
The military artillery composed of three armored tanks, two mortars, several 6 x 6 vehicles displayed inside the Sorsogon Provincial Capitol park and two long fixed-up tents for a Budol fight to be done after the celebration.
Pictures of the different activities conducted by the AFP were also displayed in their booth for public viewing.
As early as Saturday morning, the static display of the AFP military artillery inside the provincial capitol park awed bystanders.
According to Capt. Francis Espiritu, Commanding Officer of the 3rd SFC AFP who personally took charge in the putting up of the display, their participation was from a national directive to take active part in the celebration and show the public the thrusts of PNoy’s administration on AFP’s commitment to peace and public safety.
Two canine dogs which are trained as bomb expert detectors according to its trainer also became instant hit with the children and the public. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)