2017 Airlifter's X-Mas Party - A Time For Joy And Giving

11 December 2017

Last December 9, 2017, the entire airlifter's community gathered together including their families to enjoy each other's company, participated in fun games, raffle draws, distribution of 'bundles of joy' and partook of the sumptuous lunch prepared by different squadrons. The once busy and work loaded hangar was transformed into a festive venue, in time to celebrate this year's Christmas Party with a theme - A Time for Joy and Giving.

The Wing Commander, BGen Parreño, said in his Christmas message, "it gives us a chance to deviate from the busy schedules we are all heir to and just chill in the company of loved ones, peers, and friends. Our gathering today is special because this is one of the very rare occasions when our families come together to bask in the warmth of comradeship. Certainly, it is very heart-warming to experience contagious pure joy thru an abundance of smiles, the laughter of children, and feel the excitement, the bright and breezy spirit that fill this place as I speak before all of you. For today, we forget the usual work-related problems and concerns and just take pleasure in the thought that this special day is an event for recreation, relaxation and fun spent with our families and loved ones."

BGen Parreño went on by expounding the real meaning of the season, "Christmas has a deeper meaning than the celebration of the Christmas Day. It's not the lights that deck the walls that make it glows; rather it's our efforts to go out of our homes and spread our love and concern among the lonely and the lost. Bear in mind that our love for other is the best gift we can give on Christmas. We need not go far to spread happiness at christmas time. Ako man ay saksi sa inyong pagpupunyagi na maisakatuparan ang ating trabaho, pagsisikap na matulungan at mabigyan ng pag-asa ang mga taong nangangailangan ng ating tulong lalong-lalo na yung mga naapektuhan ng kalamidad, maisakay ang mga kapwa sundalo sa mga lugar na kailangan ang kanilang serbisyo, maihatid ang mga kagamitan ng mga ibat-ibang yunit, at lalong-lalo na maihatid ng libre sa kanilang mga bayan ang mga sundalo at kanilang pamilya ngayong darating na bakasyon. kaya po, maaga ang ating christmas party ng sa ganun, sila ay ating mapaglingkuran mismo sa araw ng pasko at bagong taon. their smiles are more than enough consolation to keep us going. nung kasagsagan ng kaguluhan sa marawi, nagkaroon din tayo ng pagkakataon na maipamalas ang ating kakayahan at kapabilidad sa paglipad sa ibat-ibang panig ng mundo tulad ng guam, arizona, malaysia, singapore, indonesia, at israel. No other time in our history, that we have flown this number of international sorties and I couldn't be any prouder as your Wing Commander."

The theme, “A time for joy and giving” in retrospect, is a reminder that the celebration of Christmas should be a reflection of the love and selflessness taught by our Savior. Giving, not getting, brings to fruition the Christmas spirit. It is the time when one feels more kind to one another. We reach out in love to help those less fortunate. Our hearts brim with gladness and empathy. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered.

Airlifter's Night - the Christmas edition was the second part of the celebration where all subordinate units showed off their video presentations and winners of the lantern-making contest were awarded.

The party ended with the most genuine smiles from each other's faces - most especially the children. Happiness at its finest, so to speak!

Courtesy of Major Beltran