The Armed Forces of the Philippines ROTC Challenge 2015 was held last 25 July 2015 at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Grand Stand. This is an annual event in which Cadet Officers (COs) from different schools in Metro Manila, under the three branches of military service: Air Force, Army and Navy, compete to show what they’ve got. To show support for the event, the US Army sent eight of their cadets to compete in one of the activities.
Ten (10) Cadet Officers and twelve (12) Sponsors had the privilege to visit the Philippine Military Academy last 16-18 January 2015. The UP ROTC Unit was welcomed by the PMA Assistant Superintendent, Brigadier General Andre M Costales Jr AFP. A tour of the PMA facilities was held by Cpt Estonina. The Cadet Officers integrated with the Cadets for the duration to interact with the cadets in the premiere military training institution in the country.
On 05-10 January 2015, the Cadet Officers of UP Diliman, joined by two Cadet Officers from UP Baguio, were given a refresher course on different military subjects such as Drills and Ceremonies, Ranger Operations, Military Mountaineering, Unconventional Warfare and Combat First Aid. The training was conducted by Vanguard Emmanuel Joseph S Harder ’83.
UP Vanguard Incorporated – Makati Chapter will host the February 1 show of Beauty and the Beast: A Musical Proceeds for the February 1 gala (8pm) show will support the UP ROTC and UPVI programs. Buy your tickets now! PM Makati Chapter officers or call the UPVI Secretariat.
For inquiries and ticket sales, contact: Myka Marteja (09357533709/920-6889) or Manuel Macrohon (09255901922)
A joyous and meaningful Christmas to everyone!
Being in my second year of serving as the Commandant of the UP Diliman ROTC unit, I have witnessed the growth of UP ROTC.
I am proud that we have accomplished many things this 2014. It has emphasized the importance of volunteerism and service to the nation as young able-bodied citizens.
Bonifacio at 151: “Ulirang Mamayanang Laang Kawal Kabalikat sa Pagunlad ng Bayan”. The 151st Bonifacio Day Celebration was organized by the AFP, UP ROTC, Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayang Pilipinas (KMAB) and Rainbow Ranger Sunday Soldiers Alumni Association, Inc. last 30 November 2014 at Vinsons Hall and Sunken Garden.
The first parade and review of UP ROTC was held at the General Antonio Luna Parade Grounds last 29 November 2014. Known as the Presentation of Sponsors, it is the annual presentation of the incoming sponsors to the University and tribute to the outgoing sponsors of the UP Corps of Sponsors under the Department of Military Science and Tactics.
In compliance of National Service Training Program (NSTP) Common Module, Human Rights and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) training was initiated for NSTP 1 (CWTS) students of UP Mindanao. Prof. Solomon F Lumba and Cadet Officers from UP Diliman ROTC Unit were invited to be the guest speakers held last November 15, 2014.
Entitled “UP and READY”, one thousand and four hundred students of NSTP SURP showcased the things they’ve learned during the Common Module Program the Cadet Officers of UP ROTC facilitated at the Sunken Garden last 27 October 2014.
On 23 October 2014 the UP Corps of Cadets together with the UP Corps of Sponsors will conduct “Never GUNna Give You Up”, an Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) about Pistol Marksmanship.
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*Only the first 100 participants will be accommodated.
**UP ROTC cadets and NSTP 1 CWTS SURP students are not allowed to join.
The U.P. Vanguard Heritage Library is open every Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm. The Vanguard Heritage Library is part of the UP Library System and offers an extensive collection of military literature and multiple computers with Internet access.
Watch out for the the 2014 bloodletting activity of UP ROTC entitled “You’re so Vein” on 15 October 2014. Like our FaceBook page at: https://www.facebook.com/UrSoVein
Cadet Officers and Sponsors shared the fun of summer by having basic swimming training conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary at the Makati Aquatic Sports Complex last 17 May 2014.
The session covered the basic buoyancy test to gliding, drownproofing techniques, the proper swimming strokes like freestyle, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke. The session went longer with the breaststroke because it requires good coordination.
15 Cadet Officers and 5 Vanguards participated in the boodle fight with Civil Military Operations Batallion NCR (CMO Bn) last 10 April 2013 at the CMO Bn Headquarters located in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. The Civil Military Operations Batallion-NCR is the developmental arm of the Civil Military Operations Group, Philippine Army.
Season’s Greetings to the UP Corps of Cadets! As you and your families gather to celebrate the holidays, I would like to take this moment to send you my warmest greetings and salutations.
I am glad to celebrate Christmas as your Commandant, this has been truly an extraordinary experience. Throughout the previous semester, and the first half of this semester, I have seen and admired your dedication and enthusiasm, living by our shibboleths of Duty well-performed, Honor untarnished, and Country above self.
This year has brought many challenges that continue to leave sectors of our society suffering, the families still recovering from the disaster brought by typhoon Yolanda, political turmoil in our government, to name a few. But even during these trying times, I believe that there is still much to celebrate this Christmas: the love of family and friends, the spirit of peace and unity among men and women, the ties of communities.
As we progress through this Corps year, and eventually in our lives, remember that you are UP, further more, that you are UP ROTC. You are gifted with extraordinary skills, you are young men and women of character. You are bound to do great, and return exponentially to society.
I continue to be awed, and amused by your determination and commitment to what we do in ROTC. Let us aspire higher, and accomplish greater!
The UP Diliman Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (UPROTC) lives by its shibboleth of Honor, Duty, and Country. These are ideals that dictate the action of every UPROTC Cadet and Cadet Officer. In the recent devastation brought about by super typhoon Yolanda, the Corps of Cadets (COC) of UPROTC readily stepped in to help in relief efforts, both based in the University, and directly to those affected in Eastern Visayas.
The UP Corps of Cadets and the UP Vanguard Incorporated-University Chapter led the 150th Bonifacio Day celebration through Flag Raising and Wreath Laying ceremonies and Parade and Review at the General Antonio Luna Parade Grounds (Sunken Garden) and Katipunan monument in front of Vinzons Hall last 30 November 2013.
The UP Diliman University Student Council and the UP Corps of Cadets collaborated in leading the last day of the IskoOperation relief operations at the Department of Military Science and Tactics Quadrangle on 24 August 2013. More than 3,200 relief items were packed and turned-over to Laguna and Parañaque. Initially, 8 Cadet Officers and other volunteer students were deployed to Fairview Elementary School last August 21 in which 1,000 relief items were given to 200 families.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spearheads the celebration of the International Humanitarian Law Month, in cooperation with the Department of National Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines Human Rights Office (AFP-HRO), and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST), University of the Philippines Diliman, home of the UP Corps of Cadets, hosted the event at the Vanguard Building last 31 August 2013. Participants were from the different ROTC units in NCR, professors and students from UP Diliman National College of Public Administration and Governance, and other guest.
A tour around the university was conducted during the US ROTC Visit to UP last 13 June 2013 which featured the UP Corps of Cadets, the University Heritage Museum, the University Main Library, the Vargas Museum, the Oblation Plaza and the Administrative Building-Quezon Hall. During the visit, Cadet Officers were able to interact with the contingents from US ROTC and discussed some perks of being Iskolars ng Bayan.
You may drop your donations at the Corps Office, Department of Military Science and Tactics, UP Diliman (Magsaysay ave cor Ylanan Road) from 8 am to 6 pm.
FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – The 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, Philippine Army under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri has just dispatched a Company (composed of 4 Officers and 97 Enlisted Personnel) to reposition at Headquarters, Philippine Army in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Metro Manila for deployment to the typhoon-stricken Vizayas Region. This is in support to the ongoing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Operations in the areas devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda”.
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OPLAN BLOOD DRIVE: a bloodletting activity for the benefit of the Philippine Blood Center
Palma Hall Alcove. 22 August 2013. 8 am-5 pm.
I am a Blood Donor and I save lives.
Cadet Officers were able to experience a new level of rappelling and simulate what airborne soldiers usually do in jumping off from attack helicopters. Cadet Officers tried the different stations of the 250-meter adventure course of the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) though the course is advance for ROTC cadets. The adventure continued at the SFR (A) rope course which includes a slide for life from an 84-ft tree and transferring from one tree to another by balancing through ropes. Showing off the efficiency in training of SF soldiers, a soldier was able to finish the course in 3 minutes and 20 seconds compared to the passing standard of 7 minutes.
Cadet Officers from the University of the Phlippines Diliman Reserve Officers’ Training Corps together with the Assistant Commandant, Major Ronaldo C Mateo (Inf) PA, and Vanguard Kenneth Tirado witnessed firsthand different air crafts of the United States and the Philippines. The team attended the Balikatan Exercises of Aircrafts Static Display and Demonstration at Clark Airbase Pampanga on 13 April 2013.
UP ROTC won as Over-all Champion in this year’s Regional Annual Administrative and Tactical Inspection (RAATI) Category 2. UP ROTC was able to maintain the title from last year’s event.
The UP ROTC DASH 2013 fun run was held at the Department of Military Science and Tactics, University of the Philippines Diliman last 24 February.
The UP Corps of Cadets had an educational tour at the Philippine Military Academy, Fort Gregorio del Pilar, Baguio City last 25-27 January 2013.
Cadet officers were able to participate in traditions and different activities of the academy such as the barn hop, silent drill, eco-trail, barrio fiesta and testimonial parade.
Front row for the Corps of Cadets is its Color Team which proudly carries the Philippine Flag and the UP Flag. Next in line are the UP Rayadillo cadets in formation.
Showing the UP community what the Corps has; the Rayadillo Silent Drill Team led by C2Lt Lance Jestin R Calub 3Cl, performed an exhibition of silent drills. The team executed a 30-second exhibition at Palma Hall and Melchor Hall, and a two-minute drill at Quezon hall, which amazed the crowd with their arduous and tricky rifle skills using a dummy yet hefty M-14 rifle.
The UP Corps of Cadets conducted the Presentation of Sponsors last 08 December 2012 at the UP Diliman Vanguard Memorial. Professor Ma. Corazon J. Tan, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs UP Diliman, led the ceremony as Guest of Honor and Speaker. In her speech, she emphasized the importance of young students taking part in community service as volunteers, as well as the all-important role of women in nation building. She also recognized the legacy and glory of the Corps of Sponsors, as well as the Corps of Cadets.
As the band played the Philippine National Anthem, everyone in the area stood at attention, faced the National Flag, and sang proudly as every Filipino should. What a sight it must have been. Beyond this being the appropriate gesture of respect to make would be the sense of pride our Founding Fathers would definitely have felt if they were to see the Filipino people proudly singing for their country. The Rayadillo salutes proudly with their rifles, the cadet officers with their swords and of course, the guests with their right hand on their chest feeling the burning passion of nationalism with every note of the song.
Four buildings arranged in a square formation constitute the Department of Military Science and Tactics quadrangle. This serves as the main training ground for the cadets. After the semestral break, as the cadets continue to train for Military Science 2, they were surprised with the ‘new look’ of the DMST.
The four buildings (East Hall, Atienza Hall, Quiaoit Hall and Peralta Hall) were repainted during the sem break by the soldiers from the 51st Engineering Brigade, which is under the command BGen Silvino A Alcabasa AFP, the UPD ROTC Commandant. The buildings were enhanced with a light cream paint touched and highlighted by dark peach.
The Medical Mission was organized by the UP Vanguard University Chapter, University of the Philippines Reserve Officers Training Corps, Mu Sigma Phi Fraternity, Mu Sigma Phi Sorority and the Help Office of Congressman Miro Quimbo, in cooperation with the medical personnel of the University of the Philippines-Manila, Philippine General Hospital, and staff of Barangay Fortune.
Cadet Officers and Sponsors, together with soldiers from the 51st Engineering Brigade, visited the inmates at the Bureau of Corrections – New Bilibid Prison, painting a smile on their faces.
Upholding the rule of maximum security, sponsors, cadet officers together with the Commandant, Col Silvino A Alcabasa Jr. CE (MNSA) PA, and few of his soldiers from the 51st Engineering Brigade were guided by Colonel Lemoso and his men from the Bureau of Corrections.
UP ROTC cadets and cadet officers contributed in the ISKOOPERATION, led and organized by the UPD-USC, last 11 August 2012. They did their part by packing relief goods, loading of items, and distribution to select areas. The relief operation aimed to help a number of victims of the terrifying southwest monsoon that affected such areas in Metropolitan Manila, especially Quezon City. With the support of the 51st Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army, two teams of cadets were deployed to a barangay in Valenzuela and Quezon City.
Three Firstclass cadet officers dominated the 2012 NDCP Run for Freedom after finishing top three in the 2.5 km race held at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on 24 June 2012. The first to finish the race was CMaj Daniel Manuel O Macrohon Jr 1Cl followed by CCpt King Aaron I Cruz 1Cl then by CCpt Samuel Clark Thadeus V Castro 1Cl.
The U.P. Vanguard Center for Strategic Studies and the Hans Koeschler Political and Philosophical Society invites you to a lecture on “The Philippine Security Interests in Panatag Shoal” to be held on 17 July 2012, Tuesday from 9-12 nn. at the Malcolm Theater, College of Law, University of the Philippines.
The annual ROTC Day is a big event in which cadets of Army, Navy, and Air Force ROTC from all over Metro Manila gather together to test their skills, compete against one another and simply celebrate their being part of the ROTC’s honourable legacy. The University of the Philippines Reserve Officer Training Corps was in attendance that day, as part of the Army reserve contingent. They were also there to celebrate a very special anniversary – ROTC’s one hundredth birthday, and UP ROTC’s own hundredth year of excellence.
Members o f the UP Vanguard, Inc. and the UP ROTC joined Fr. Carmelo Diola (Vgd. Class ’79 UPLB) and P/CSupt Samson Tucay (Ret., PMA Class 1978) along with PNP personnel in the Camp Crame-Pasong Tamo (Makati) leg of “Takbo Maharlika” last October 10.
Shamcey Supsup, the 2011 Miss Universe 3rd Runner-up, was given Foyer Honors by the UP Rayadillo during her courtesy call to UP President Alfredo Pascual last September 19.
The Corps Commander, CCpt Ryan Kristofer Arana 1Cl and Sponsor Ms. Patricia Ann Joy Tria, greeted Shamcey as she was disembarking from her vehicle, while the Corps Sponsor Ms. Ma. Cristina Orante stood at the end of the honor guards to give Shamcey a bouquet of flowers.
The UP Industrial Engineering Club bested three other competitors during Himig 2011, a Valentine Carolfest by the UP Corps of Cadets and UP Corps of Sponsors conducted last February 11, 2011.
IE Club won as Champion and Public’s Prize; the State Varsity Christian Fellowship (SVCF) won as 2nd Placer; while UP CIRCUIT won as 3rd Placer. The other competitor was the UP Circle of Industrial Engineering Majors (UP CIEM).
The UP Rayadillo, the model unit of the UP ROTC, conducted Arrival Honors for outgoing UP President Emerlinda R. Roman and incoming President Alfredo E. Pascual during the Turnover Ceremony conducted last February 10, 2011.
The company-size Rayadillo unit performed its best at the momentous event that takes place only every 6 years in the University. The UP ROTC proves once again that they are the guardians of the UP traditions of honor, excellence and leadership.
HIMIG was piloted by the UP Corps of Sponsors during the early fifties, starting simply as a get together of the members of the university community at the Vinzon’s Hall Park. The community gathered at this place for the purpose of sharing the spirit of the Yuletide season through the singing of Christmas carols. As the years went by, this purpose was continuously realized, reaping more and more participants for close to two decades. Unfortunately, HIMIG was abruptly halted during the early seventies.
As part of its continuing advocacy, the UP Corps of Cadets conducted an NSTP-ROTC orientation at the said school. The team sent to Blessed — composed of CMaj Karis Dawn Salinas 1Cl, C1Lt Ryan Kristofer Arana 2Cl, CP2Lt Samuel Clark Thadeus Castro 4Cl, CP2Lt Nicole Jae Rodriguez 4Cl, and Ms. Celeste Atas of the Corps of Sponsors — was a little startled and quite impressed to see its functional and effective Citizen Army Training (CAT) unit.
Julie Nombrado from the UP ROTC was named the champion and representative of NCR in the Nationals division.
It was a wet afternoon last November 5, 2010 at the Army Testing Centre, Fort Bonifacio when the 11th NCRRCDG Regional Speech Contest took place. This year’s theme was “ROTC: How It Can Help In The Peace and Development Effort”. Aside from talking about ROTC’s role in peace and development, this contest also helped develop the cadets’ communication skills At around 1400H, the program started with the opening remarks, the reading of the rules of the contest, and the introduction of the judges.
On the 25th of September 2010, the UP ROTC Commandant, LtCol Rolando R Rodil (INF) GSC PA, gave a lecture entitled “The AFP Today in NATIONAL SECURITY” to College of Science CWTS students. They were held at the College of Science (CS) Auditorium, CS Administration and Library Building, University of the Philippines, Diliman.
On August 28, 2010, two members of the UP Vanguard Class of 1981 imparted their experiences from being former cadet officers of the UP ROTC and how they applied the lessons they learned to their lives outside the Corps.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) is in favor of efforts to make the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) mandatory again, saying this would instill discipline among students while augmenting the country’s military forces.
It was an early day for the UP Corps of Cadets last Sunday, the 28th of March 2010 as they prepped up for the launching of the Gawin ang Tama Movement at the Global City, Taguig.
The Gawin ang Tama Movement is a non-sectarian, non-political movement that seeks to promote values such as integrity, honesty, and hard work in society. The movement is a brainchild of the Character Building Foundation, Inc, a non-profit organization by the Weber Shandwick Worldwide.
Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held annually on the last Saturday of March. It first started in 2007 when 2.2 million residents of Sydney Australia turned-off their lights for one hour. It received negative reviews due to the fact that the event saves so little energy. But for the next two years, this event garnered positive reviews. It was found that over millions of people around the globe were estimated to have joined in the hour-long lights off.
Amidst the busy schedule, the corps managed to give back to the society. On the 27th day of March, members of the corps distributed relief goods to the street children of Quezon City. Early morning, the corps reported in the Vanguard Building and repacked the goods in several plastics. Each pack contained cans of sardines, noodles, bottled water and crackers.
My assumption at the helm as Commandant of Cadets of UP Diliman ROTC in the middle of Nov 2009 was a rude awakening for me. Even though I know that the current NSTP law had taken its toll on the ROTC, still the sad realities of the state of the Corps of Cadets a few months back was not quite encouraging. I had been “raised” in the UP ROTC at a time when we had more than 3,000 cadets. When I took over, we had fewer than 30 attending. The Corps offices and classrooms in this DMST complex, once the hub of all reservist and ROTC training in NCR, had seen better days. The state of the cadet officers’ barracks, mute witness to many episodes and stories of young Vanguards, leave much to be desired. Tactical and technical skills, once the hallmark of the UP cadet officer, have been diluted, with even the basics seemingly lost.
The dawn of the 13th of March 2010 marked the beginning of the day every cadet has been waiting for. On the 13th of March 2010 at 0900H at the Vanguard Building, UP DMST, emcees Ryan Kristofer Arana and Xenia Lagtapon opened the ceremonies, followed by the invocation by CPvt Hoshea Felix, 4Cl. The color commander, CMaj Iro Niel Roxas, led the entrance of colors followed by the singing of the national anthem.
The excitement was palpable as the 34 basic cadets and 7 advance cadets were presented as candidates for graduation by Vgd Glenn Llamador to the Commandant, LtC Rolando R Rodil INF (GSC) PA. The cadets held their breaths in anticpation as they waited for their names to be called, climb on stage with their parents, and be handed their certificates by the Commandant and the Guest of Honor, BGen Marcelo B Javier (GSC) PA (RES).
Launching of the project of UP DMST, Class Banaag & the UP Vanguard University Chapter to renovate the cadet officers’ barracks.
Through the generous initial contributions of Vanguards from the University Chapter, Class Banaag 1981 the UP DMST and some other brods, the renovation of the cadet officers’ barracks will be undertaken starting this week, with a ceremonial launching on Sat, 23 Jan 2010 at Granadillos Hall.
The Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) lauches today its new web portal for ROTC cadets in UP Diliman.
UP ROTC cadets provide honor guard detail to University functions. Most recent of which is the UP Centennial kick-off held last January. UP cadets in the traditional Rayadillo uniform joined the parade.
In commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of its graduation, The UP Vanguard Class of ’59 undertook the project of constructing a library for the UP ROTC Corps of Cadets.
On the first of Saturday, of the school year, June 23 2009, students enrolled in the ROTC and CWTS Military Science 1 Program were given a tour of the library.
On the first of Saturday, of the school year, June 23 2009, students enrolled in the ROTC and CWTS Military Science 1 Program were given a tour of the library.
The Department of Military Science and Tactics today joined the UP Community in remembering Andres Bonifacio in a ceremony at the Bonifacio monument in UP Diliman.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to be part of remembering one of our esteemed heroes,” said DMST Department Head and UP ROTC Commandant, Col. Virgilio C. Aganon.