The Philippine Air Force participated in the 118th Anniversary declaration of the Philippine Independence on June 12, 2016 with the theme: “ Kalayaan 2016: Pagkakaisa, Pagaambagan at Pagsulong”.
The Commanding General of the PAF, LtGen Edgar R Fallorina AFP, as a co-host to the Acting Chief of Staff of the AFP, LtGen Glorioso Miranda AFP, welcomed His Excellency Benigno S Aquino III at Rizal Monument in Luneta, Manila with full military honors. The President was the guest of honor and speaker during the main Flag Raising and Wreath Laying Ceremonies. During the ceremony, a flyby of air assets and confetti drop using two (2) UH-1H of the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing added up attraction in the celebration.
Similar activities were also held in different historical sites/shrines such as the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite and Mauseleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion, North Cemetery, Quezon City. Moreover, the PAF also conducted a simultaneous flag raising ceremony in different PAF bases and stations nationwide.
A day prior to the Independence Day celebration the PAF Combo band together with the bands from Civil Relations Service, AFP (CRSAFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Navy (PN), General Headquarters (GHQ) and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) Chorale performed for the “MUSIKALAYAAN” festivity at Manila Open Auditorium, Luneta.
More activities from the PAF were also being done like installing procurement booth, performing drill exhibitions and providing kinetic and static display of PAF capabilities. Photo by: Tsg Bruna, Ssg Milay, Sgt Tombado, 3AD, AETC, CAB