CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division, switched on a huge Christmas tree Sunday night, signaling the opening of the “little winter wonderland” inside the Army headquarters.
Bearing the 6ID logo on top, the Christmas tree glittered with white LED lights and surrounded by smaller Christmas trees.
Pangilinan was with the 6ID’s guest of honor, his mistah in the Philippine Military Academy Matikas Class of 1983, Brig. Gen. Romeo Gan, when he led the opening of the festival of lights inside the camp with the soldiers’ families in attendance. Gan once served as 6ID assistant division commander.
Pangilinan gestured as if he was striking his “magic wand” to welcome the yuletide season and appreciated the efforts of the division “partners” and the Kampilan family in performing its mandate of establishing peace and tranquility in its area of operation.
“It’s the time we ponder the good deeds of our Lord by showing and doing good to everyone, setting aside the differences and make Christmas meaningful to all of us,” he said.
The “Winter Wonderland” has yuletide activities, including competition for best booth with Christmas decoration and presentations.
Pangilinan also shared his greetings of peace to all stakeholders in Mindanao who joined the military in promoting peace. “That peace is prevailing in our area of operation is a testimony that combined efforts of all stakeholders in finding peace is effective,” he added.
“We all desire for peace during Christmas. It is now happening in the locality. We do not want to see our foot soldiers to fight our countrymen,” Pangilinan said.
The Winter Wonderland is open to the public, but the military is implementing stricter measures to ensure the safety of the public.
“Let us celebrate Christmas with full of love, sharing our blessings and making peace with each other,” he told the men and women of the 6ID, including their families and friends.