Army participates 7th Heroes Run

    08 Oct 18 7th Heroes run

    FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army personnel led by Major General Robert M. Arevalo, Vice Commander Philippine Army participates the “7th Heroes Run 2018 which kicks-off at the Army Grandstand, today.

    The Heroes Run, which is on its 7th year is an annual fund raising project initiated by the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association (PMAAAI) in collaboration with Heroes Foundation Incorporated and other partner stakeholders. The program aims to help soldiers who got wounded or died in the line of duty. For this year, the event once again was re-dedicated to the fallen Marawi Heroes especially their loved ones who will be the primary beneficiaries of the proceeds. A simultaneous event were also launched in the cities of Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Baguio, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, Catbalogan, Cotabato, Isabela, Bukidnon, Pagadian and Taguig. A huge number of participants across major uniform services consist of Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, PNP as well as various civilian institutions, and private individuals joined the event.

    The top of each category is accorded with prizes which are as follows: Jason Agrabante and Cindy Lorenzo, for male and female (21km) categories; Private First Class Richard Salano and Private First Class Aileen Tolentino, for male and female (10km) military categories; and Emmanuel Camuro and Joidan Gagrao, for male and female (5km) civilian categories.

    Notably, among the participant runner during the event was Army First Lieutenant Jerome Jacuba, who despite of being blind which he incurred along with multiple wounds from anti-personnel mines during an anti-terrorism operation in the province of Cotobato last year still volunteered to join. Assisted by his brother, Private First Class Joevanny Jacuba, he ran with the hope of being a good example and inspired not only his family but as well as other people who suffered the same fate as him.

    Other modern heroes who participated in the event are Corporal Silverie Cabido, Private Darwin Macan, and Civilian Active Auxiliary Mark Takin, who lost their arms while in the performance of their duties and fighting for freedom and democracy of the country.

    Major General Arevalo, in his remarks said that, “our soldier’s sacrifices is the highpoint of patriotism that could never be reciprocated by any awards or something else in this world. Our soldiers gave all to liberate Marawi in the selfless service to the Filipinos.”

    “During those trying times, our modern day heroes emerged victorious because of the brimming support from the Filipinos all over the world. Our soldiers during the siege is in high spirits that’s why we won the battle,” he added.#

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