CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the observance of the entire Nation
on the commemoration of Bonifacio Day celebration, the 4th Infantry “Diamond”
Division, Philippine Army participated in the 156th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres
Bonifacio at El Pueblo A Sus Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City
on Saturday, November 30, 2019.
The declaration of November 30 as a national holiday started when the Philippine
Legislature passed Act No. 2946 on February 16, 1921, making that day of each year
a legal holiday to commemorate Bonifacio’s birth. Bonifacio was a national hero and
he is often called “the Father of the Philippine Revolution”.
At around 5:00 o’clock in the morning, some 90 Diamond troopers composed of honor
guards, firing party, marching band, security elements and general staffs led by BGen
Oliver T Vesliňo, the Assistant Division Commander of 4ID, assembled in the Heroes
Monument, Plaza Divisoria, this city for the Bonifacio day celebration.
Also, thousands of people coming from various government and non-government
agencies, civil society organizations, people’s organizations and other stakeholders
participated and have shown their full support during the celebration crowding Plaza
Divisoria early in the morning.
Meanwhile, the activity started with the sounding of sirens at around 7:00 o’clock in
morning. A formal program immediately followed wherein a mass wreath laying
highlighted the event participated by various agencies and sectors headed by Hon.
Oscar S Moreno, the city mayor, together with BGen Vesliňo. The program ended with
a meaningful message coming from Mayor Moreno which emphasized on EO 70, the
Whole-of-Nation Approach in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict.
MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of the 4ID said, “Let us look back with
pride on the heroism done by Gat Andres Bonifacio. The freedom that we enjoyed
today was paid by the blood, sweat and tears of our brave heroes. We should cherish
the freedom which was entrusted to us by our forefathers. It is everybody’s
By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride
“Honor. Patriotism. Duty” responsibility to take good care of our country’s future as we are going to entrust it
also for the new generations to come.
“I urge everyone to do your share, let us join hands to fight insurgency and end the
local communist armed conflict in order for us to attain lasting peace and sustainable
development in Regions 10 and Caraga.” Gacal ended
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