Category: Feature

GMA News Online reports: “In the midst of severe conflict, a soldier onassignment in Marawi composed a song to spark hope and inspiration in Marawi crisis victims.”

Unang Balita is the news segment of GMA Network’s daily morning program, Unang Hirit. It’s anchored by Rhea Santos and Arnold Clavio, and airs on GMA-7 Mondays to Fridays at 5:15 AM (PHL Time). For more videos from Unang Balita, visit http://www.gmanetwork.com/unangbalita.

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Binisita ni Sandra Aguinaldo ang Marawi upang kumustahin ang kababaihang nakiisa rin sa labanan sa Marawi. Umere noong Sabado sa GMA Network, Ju1y 15, 11:00PM.

Watch ‘I-Witness,’ every Saturday on GMA Network. These GMA documentaries are hosted and presented by the most trusted broadcasters in the country like Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Howie Severino, Jiggy Manicad, Chino Gaston, Jay Taruc and Howie Severino.

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Binisita ni Sandra Aguinaldo ang Marawi upang kumustahin ang kababaihang nakiisa rin sa labanan sa Marawi. Abangan ang kabuuan ng dokumentaryo ngayong Sabado sa GMA Network, Ju1y 15, 10:00PM.

Watch ‘I-Witness,’ every Saturday on GMA Network. These GMA documentaries are hosted and presented by the most trusted broadcasters in the country like Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Howie Severino, Jiggy Manicad, Chino Gaston, Jay Taruc and Howie Severino.

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Philippine Army’s Sgt. Ronie M. Halasan brings a message of hope in his composition “Bangon Marawi.”

BANGON MARAWI
Lyrics & Music by Sgt. Ronie M. Halasan (OS) PA

I
Sa bayan kong sinilangan
Tahimik at sagana sa likas na yaman
Kristiyano at Muslim magkapatid ang turingan
Isang bansa, isang diwa, isang minimithi
Para sa isang bandila

II
Paglubog ng araw ako’y nabigla
Dahil bumalot ang kadiliman sa buong madla
Apoy lumilipad at putok ng baril umaalingaw-ngaw
Nagliyab, Sumabog at batang paslit
Sa awa’y sumisigaw

Marawi, bumangon ka
Tama na ang maling pakikibaka
Kapatid gumising ka!
Di ka ba naaawa sa bayan kong nagdurusa
Bumangon ka, Marawi
Kayang-Kaya natin ito
Oh, Bangon Marawi
Simulan na natin ngayon

III
Sa isang munting liwanag
Bayan ko’y humihingi ng konting awa at habag
Dahil sa mga taong sakim sa kayamanan at kapangyarihan
Bayan koy niyurakan at pinagkait ang
Kapayapaan at kaunlaran

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CNN Philippines: Camille Abadicio reports: “When thinking about fighting, we often forget that a war recognizes no race, no social class and no gender. In Marawi, amongst those also fighting relentlessly are women. In this report, our Camille Abadicio pays tribute to these women risking their lives to regain the war-torn city.”

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Father’s Day Message

Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista
Commander, Joint Task Force Marawi

Every third Sunday of June marks a day when we recognize one of the most important persons in our life. We are reminded to honor our fathers, who have tremendously contributed to what we have become today.

This day also marks our fatherhood and the bonding we have with our children and family, who are the very reason why we strive to live. We serve because we love our country. We live because we love our family.

Let me borrow the words of Walter Schirra: “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.”

As your Division Commander, I symbolically raise you as my children and lead you in fulfilling our mandate as public servants and land protectors. There is no greater hurt that may be inflicted to a father’s heart than seeing his children die and perish in the battlefield.

My heart goes with our fellow-soldiers who gave their ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace here Marawi City. My heart goes with their loved ones, who are grieving, who are now just left with memories of our heroes.

Fathers are like soldiers who are protectors of their children. Fathers are not only providers for their families. They are also most importantly teachers, influencers and protectors.

As we do our best to protect our families, we also exert our best efforts in fulfilling our duties to protect our land. On Father’s Day, we cannot be there with our children because of our call of duty. We cannot be with our children today because we are serving the people and we are protecting the land.

Let us appreciate our fathers and let us appreciate ourselves as fathers to our children. As fathers and soldiers, let us all continue to be caring, strong, compassionate, and honest.

Let us be the best gift our children and our families ever had. And in maintaining peace, let us also be the best gift our nation will have.

Mabuhay ang mga Ama ng Tahanan! Mabuhay ang mga Sundalo!

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A 39-second video uploaded by PTV Broadcasting on Facebook today, June 3, 2017, about a soldier sharing his tablet to children in Marawi City went viral.

The video caption says: “Despite the serious situation in Marawi, a soldier still provides joy by allowing children to watch cartoons on his tablet.”

Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division Captain Clint P. Antipala was unmindful of the video, which was taken by PTV reporter Allan Francisco at around 10:30AM at the Provincial Capitol of Marawi City.

As of this posting the video already generated more than 74,000 views and about 600 shares.

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