The Philippine Navy held a Donning of Ranks Ceremony for the six newly promoted top brass, which was incorporated in the Morning Colors held on June 3, 2013 at the Headquarters Philippine Navy (HPN) Parade Grounds, 2335, Naval Station Jose V Andrada (NSJA), Roxas Blvd., Manila.
“It is so wonderful to recognize people within the organization who have done a lot for it, those that rendered their entire life and career and gave the best part of their lives towards the attainment of the Navy’s core and vision, but more importantly, their service to this country and to the Filipino people,” the Navy Chief said.
The donning was headed by no other than, Vice Admiral Jose Luis M Alano AFP, the Flag Officer In Command, Philippine Navy (FOIC, PN) together with the promotees’ wives. Rear Admiral Jesus C Millan AFP, Rear Admiral Leopoldo M Alano AFP, Commodore Antonio A Habulan Jr AFP, Commodore Joel T Dela Cruz AFP, Commodore Franco Sebastian T Pan AFP, and Commodore Ronald Joseph S Mercado AFP were the honorees during this very momentous event for them, for their loved ones and for the Command itself having these dedicated and selfless individuals.
“Allow me to recognize these people in white who are now being properly recognized trough a promotion in rank, flag ranks wearing the stars, because this did not come easily, for indeed, they must possess certain quality in order to deserve, earn the right to bear the burden of wearing those stars on their shoulders. They must be people of intelligence and highly competent in the performance of their job. They must be people of industry, with commitment and passion towards the attainment of the goals of the Philippine Navy. But more importantly, they must be people of integrity, one wherein they show that in all the things that we do, it is not about ourselves but more importantly, about our institution and the people that we serve”, uttered FOIC, PN during his remarks.
A short program and cocktails followed the ceremony when each of the promotees was given the opportunity to give their message of pride and express their gratitude regarding their received honor.
Press Release, June 6, 2013; Image: Philippine Navy