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AFP unveils Sculpture honoring heroism of soldiers

The government on Monday unveiled a sculpture honoring the gallantry of soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in simple rites at the Bonifacio Global City in Fort Bonifacio, a former military camp.

AFP Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Salvador Melchor Mison Jr., who represented AFP Chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, said “Alab ng Puso (Fire in the Heart), a sculpture by artist Daniel Dela Cruz,  was a “morale booster” to all military personnel to work harder.

Mison said “Alab ng Puso” signifies the “burning fire in the heart of every Filipino.”

“We stand in tribute to all those who have made it possible for the Republic to stand tall and free among community of nations–the gallant soldiers, unsung heroes and selfless patriots, this is our monument to their fire and heroism,” Guerrero said in a message read by Mison.

“By your hands and your vision, you honor every soldier, sailor, marine, and airman who have pledged to serve, who has put our country first above all else,” he continued.

Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano, officials from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation (FBDC), and the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) and the City of Taguig, attended the ceremony.

Vivencio Dizon, BCDA president and chief executive officer, said the installation of historical markers was BCDA Chairman Gregorio Garcia’s idea.

“This is just the beginning. We’re currently working on more tribute markers for our soldiers,” he said.

Dizon said the sculpture was meant to promote the history of the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), now a premier business district in the country.He said it was one of the significant projects of BCDA, which is mandated to transform former military camps into centers of economic growth.

Dizon also said BCDA also helps build great cities while strengthening the AFP,  remitting P8.2 billion to the AFP during the first two years of the Duterte administration.

“The history of Fort Bonifacio is very much ingrained and very deep in the hearts of our soldiers, and it should be the same for every Filipino who goes here,” he said.

Philippine Army Chief Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista said “Alab ng Puso “would  serve as an inspiration to soldiers fighting at the battlefronts.”

“It is a fight against terror, it is a fight for peace, and it is a fight that our troops are willing to take,” Bautista further said in a message read by Army Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Arevalo.

Bautista said “Alab ng Puso” portrays an ordinary Filipino soldier with his weapon set asid while reading a letter from his family.

For his part, Manny Blas II, FBDC head of commercial operations, said :  “It shows that the Filipino soldiers answer to an extraordinary call of duty.” #