70th Commemoration of the Retaking of Fort Andres Bonifacio
The Philippine Army celebrated the 70th Commemoration of the Retaking of Fort Andres Bonifacio last February 16 at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Fort Bonifacio (formerly named as Fort McKinley), is the national headquarters of the Philippine Army and is located in the city of Taguig. The camp is named after Andres Bonifacio, the revolutionary leader of the Katipunan during the revolutionary period of the Philippines against Spain – Philippine Revolution. In recognition of the noble role of the Filipino soldier in the defense of the country, then President Ferdinand Marcos made sure that Fort Bonifacio became the home to the nation’s defenders. Fort Bonifacio provided soldiers with decent, affordable housing. A camp commissary made groceries affordable to military personnel and their families. There were schools inside the fort for the benefit of the dependents of the soldiers. Public transportation operated inside the camp. Sports facilities kept soldiers fit. A modest golf course inside the fort made the rich man’s sport affordable to even the lowest ranking soldier. The fort itself provided employment for many civilians inside the camp, most of whom were dependents of enlisted personnel. Now, Fort Bonifacio is a symbol of advancement and modern living in the South of Metro Manila.
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