HEROES ROCK CHAMPS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (standing, 4th from left), AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez (standing, 3rd from left), Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Salvador Melchor Mison Jr (standing, 2nd from right); Philippine Army Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto (standing, 4th from right), 2ID Commander Maj. Gen. Rhoderick M. Parayno (standing, left) and their spouses pose with the jubilant 2ID Band, champion in the AFP's 'Battle of the Bands Heroes' Rock' at AFP Theatre, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Friday (Nov. 23, 2018). (Photo courtesy of 2ID-DPAO)
CAMP GEN. CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — The commander of the Philippine Army's 2nd Infantry “Jungle Fighter” Division (2ID) personally congratulated the 2ID band for bagging the championship title at the “Battle of the Bands Heroes’ Rock” on Friday evening.
"The Jungle Fighters has once again proven and showcased our talents and skills not only during combat operations but also when it comes to entertainment,” 2ID commander Maj. Gen, Rhoderick M. Parayno said in a congratulatory message relayed in a report by Capt. Patrick Jay Retumban, chief of the 2ID public affairs office, on Sunday.
Aside from Parayno, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez, Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Salvador Melchor Mison Jr., and Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto also commended the 2ID Band for besting eight other military band contenders.
The “Heroes Rock Battle of the Bands” is a pre-anniversary event of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to honor the heroism and sacrifices of the soldiers.
“Keep up the good work,” the 2ID commander added, as he gave a pat on the back to the members of the 2ID for their musical prowess and extraordinary performance.
The 2ID band members were donning their military uniforms while on stage at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The 2ID band members are Sgt. MalouEslaga, as lead vocalist; Sgt. Ralphy Havana, backup singer; Pfc. Clifordly Celestial, vocalist; Sgt. Ramsis Habana, lead guitarist; S/Sgt. Arnold Gallanosa, bass guitarist; Cpl. Michael Marbella, pianist; and S/Sgt. Alexander Cabutotan, drummer.
Retumban said the 2ID band also clinched the “Best in Original Composition” award with their musical piece “Kabayanihan” (heroism) in honoring the soldier-heroes.
As the Philippine Army’s bet, the 2ID bested eight other bands representing various AFP branches of service—Army, Air Force, Navy, Area Commands, such as the Southern Luzon Command and Western Mindanao Command, and the Civil Relations Service.
Lorenzana presented the PHP100,000 cash prize and the plaque for the 2ID band champion.
Galvez also handed over to the 2ID band another PHP5,000 and a keyboard piano for the “Best in Composition” award.