Courage Runs in Our Veins

“Courage Runs in Our Veins” blood drive on 11 December 2023, led by UP Diliman Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) in partnership with NSTP Diliman Office, wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of the UPVI Makati Chapter, UP Vanguard Fraternity, UPCAO, the Serving Hearts Foundation, the Philippine General Hospital, the National Children’s Hospital, and the Philippine Heart Center.

The turnover of donations was attended by COL RANDY O REMONTE PA (RES), the UPD ROTC Commandant (left from middle), Ms. Lanel Rose C Cordova, the UP Corps Sponsor (middle), CLtC Cacey D Calixto, the Corps Commander (right from middle), and Vgd Fergie John O Frange ‘23, Ms. Tina Hernandez, and Vgd Manuel E Macrohon ‘90, representatives from the UP Cadet Alumni Organization(right).

“This is one way we put into practice the patriotism and service we inculcate in our cadets under the ROTC program,” said COL REMONTE.

UP ROTC Cadets donating blood at Quiaoit Hall, UP DMST Complex
Civilians donating blood while others are resting after donating theirs at Palma Hall, UP Diliman
The Commandant and Department Head COL RANDY O REMONTE PA (RES) donating blood at Quiaoit Hall, UP DMST Complex.

In addition to the blood drive, there was also the turnover of the 600 care package donations on 19 December 2023 which was led by CMaj Cacey D Calixto 1Cl, UPD ROTC Unit Corps Commander, and Vgd Kathleen Shane I Gonzales ’23, UPVI Makati Chapter-Secretariat, at the UP DMST Complex, to the Armed Forces of the Philippines through the Transportations and Maintenance Group (TMG), AFP Logistics Support Command in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, J7. The beneficiaries of the care package are the troops, their families, and the residents of Kalayaan Municipality in the West Philippine Sea region.

Personnel from the UP Department of Military Science and Tactics (DMST) posing for a photo opportunity along with members of the TMG, AFP Logistics Support Command.

“We thank all those who supported this endeavor,” said CMaj Calixto. “Our alumni cadet officers of the UP Vanguard and graduates of the ROTC program from the UPCAO truly embody the shibboleths of the Corps–Duty, Honor, Country.”

Following this, on 20 December 2023, UPCAO Founder Ms. Maria Christina Hernandez and Mr. Renold Verano from UPVI-Makati Chapter personally delivered the care packages to the Western Command Armed Forces of the Philippines (WESCOM). The turnover ceremony occurred at the WESCOM Headquarters, symbolizing a moment of solidarity and support. (𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘞𝘌𝘚𝘊𝘖𝘔’𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵:

All events would have not been possible without the generous donations from kind individuals and organizations.