Abreeza celebrates Independence Day with AFP Eastern Mindanao Command

IN THE FACE of the armed conflict in Marawi, it has become ever more important for Filipinos to value their rights and freedoms, and to honor the brave men and women whose duty it is to safeguard them.

On June 12, 2017, Abreeza Mall sought to recognize our country’s courageous soldiers by once again partnering with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day. The annual celebration, dubbed Kalayaan 2017, had as this year’s theme “Pagbabagong Sama-Samang Balikatin,” and aimed to honor the bravery of Filipino World War II heroes.

After invocation by Maj. Rey David G. Loyola CHS, Chaplain of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, the audience witnessed a cultural dance by the Youth for Peace (YFP) Movement – Tanan Lihok, Batan-on ug Sama Nimo/Nako (TALBOS), a non-profit organization that advocates making the youth productive and peace-loving citizens. Col. Cornelio T. Arboleda (GSC) PA, Group Commander of the 5th Civil Relations Group of the Civil Relations Service AFP, then presented esteemed Filipino veterans of World War II. An inspirational message by Sgt. Miguel M. Inigo, president of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines 1st District Davao City, wrapped up the program.

Afterwards, mall-goers stayed to view the AFP Static Display, which offered a glimpse into military life through information panels and different paraphernalia that demonstrate the AFP’s warfighting and disaster response capabilities. Members of the uniformed forces also gamely posed for pictures with mall-goers, and even regaled the gathering with their musical talents through live performances.

Furthermore, Ayala Malls partnered with HERO Foundation, Inc., a non-profit group that aims to benefit the children of Filipino soldiers killed in action, to give special Independence Day perks to soldiers. Active and inactive soldiers and their dependents enjoyed free access to the Ayala Malls customer lounge as well as discounts on cinema tickets and Timezone cards.

To coincide with the Independence Day celebration, the Ayala Business Club of Davao launched an effort to collect donations for the evacuees and displaced families of Marawi. Interested donors may deposit rice, non-pork canned goods, bottled water, and hygiene necessities such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes at the booth at Abreeza Mall’s Ground Floor Supermarket Hallway.

Abreeza Mall also provided shoppers with different opportunities to express their Independence Day sentiments through Philippine flag-themed installations around the mall.

For inquiries and updates on Abreeza Mall events, please visit the Main Concierge at the ground floor or call (082) 321-9332. Stay updated by liking www.facebook.com/AbreezaMall and following @abreezatweets on Twitter and @iloveabreezamall on Instagram.

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