By PR | 01:43 PM May 02, 2021
Camp Lapulapu, Apas, Cebu City- The Central Command, AFP culminated its five-day photo static display and exhibit in celebration of the 500th anniversary of local chieftain Lapulapu’s victory over Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the Battle of Mactan on Friday, April 30, 2021.
With the theme “Descendants of Lapulapu: Continuing the Legacy of Filipino Heroes”, the exhibit is a five day event from April 26-30, 2021 at the Liberty Shrine, Lapulapu City, Cebu that aims to demonstrates the heroism of Filipinos through the centuries and meant to inspire every citizen on the strength that we can achieve with unity, especially in the battle of humanity against COVID-19.
Highlighted to the exhibit is the showcase of the land, air and sea assets and readiness capabilities of the Airforce, Navy and Army Units as the Peacemaker in the Visayas. Photos on the accomplishments, advocacies and programs of the AFP Units in the Visayas were also included in the display.
The exhibit was not only intended to pay tribute to the soldiers and warriors from the time of Lapu-Lapu up to the present, but also to recognize the vital role of every individual as modern-day hero of the current times. Giving emphasis on the contribution of every individual to the society, a photo contest featuring the craftsmanship of Cebuanos in the field of music and arts, defense, sports, medicine, science, environment and agriculture was conducted with the Photographer’s Club of Cebu.
During the culmination program held on April 30, Lieutenant General Roberto T. Ancan, Commander of Central Command, AFP in message delivered by Brigadier General Jose M. Benitez, Deputy Commander expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the efforts and commitment Lapulapu City Government and all stakeholders in support to the success of the activity.
“Thus, as we honor Lapulapu – as our first Filipino Hero, we also have to recognize other deeds that symbolize our resolve to rise above any adversity; and just like what the victorious chieftain did for our country 500 years ago, we can also win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gen Ancan.
In his opening remarks, Cpt Joe Patrick A Martinez, Group Commander of the 3rd Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP also gave emphasis on the strength, bravery and love for country of Filipinos as descendants of Lapulapu and as the modern day heroes who brave all odds in this current challenging times of pandemic health crisis.
Likewise, Honorable Junard “Ahong” Chan, Lapulapu City Mayor expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the efforts of the AFP in the Visayas not only in winning the peace but also in championing culture and heritage through its support and participation to all the activities and programs of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines.
“I am deeply humbled by the honor accorded to Datu Lapu-Lapu through the exhibit. May this exhibit educate our young generations of the importance of the victory at Mactan in our history. Thank you to the AFP for the rightful recognition given to Lapu-Lapu. Mabuhi ang diwa ni Lapu-Lapu, mabuhi ang Pilipino,” said Mayor Chan.
Also present to the event was the Lapulapu City First Lady, Honorable Cindi King-Chan as the Chairperson of the City Tourism Historical Cultural Affairs Commision.
The exhibit was conducted through the 3rd Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP, Tactical Operations Wing Central (TOWCEN), Naval Forces Central (NAVFORCEN), Task Group-Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor, 6th Cavalier Company Armor Division and 3rd Field Artillery Battalion of 3ID, Philippine Army as the AFP Unit Primary Responsible to the static display and exhibit.