(The AFP three-day static display and military fair at SM City Tarlac. Photo courtesy of AFP 1st Civil Relations Group)
TARLAC CITY – A three-day static display and military fair was held by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at SM City Tarlac here as the nation celebrated the 121st anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence on Wednesday.
First Civil Relations Group commander Lt. Col. Reymondo Delgado, said the activity “aims to sustain and maintain our high trust rating and inculcate to the hearts and minds of the general public that we are the protector of the people and state and their partner for peace and development,”
Apart from the AFP, the military fair also featured an exhibit from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“We bring AFP and other agencies of government closer to the public while igniting a sense of patriotism and to showcase the war-fighting and capabilities of the AFP and other agencies of the government involved in safety and security,” Delgado said.
“Also, we would like to promote and highlight AFP’s importance on the history of our independence and to ask involvement and support from the public, other sectors of society specifi cally the youth in this kind of activity,” he added.
This year’s Freedom Day celebration carried the theme: “Kalayaan 2019: Tapang ng Bayan, Malasakit sa Mamamayan.”
Meanwhile, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) also held a simultaneous static display at the SM City Clark exhibiting a Huey Helicopter, a fighter jet and other PAF memorabilia.