Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - The Philippine Navy contingent currently participating in RIMPAC 2018 here hosted Filipino community to celebrate 4th of July at the helideck of BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) against the backdrop of Hawaiin sunset.
LD602's Commanding Officer Capt. Richard David PN welcomed the guests in a remark followed by the introduction of the main coordinator for this FilCom relations event, Chief Warrant Officer Alfonso Bituin USN (Ret). Naval Task Force 86 Commander, Capt Ernesto Baldovino PN(GSC) also addressed the guest and expressed his full support while underscoring the historical significance of this RIMPAC mission.
The program continued with a cultural presentation of Filipino music and dance performed by Naval Officer Basic Course (NOBC) students aboard LD602.
One of the guest attendees was US PACOM Liaison Officer Colonel Joseph Archog PAF (GSC).
Dinner followed consisting of some Filipino cuisines and some American staple fare. The Philippine Navy Seabees band provided musical entertainment throughout the evening.
At 9pm the much anticipated 4th of July fireworks started and lasted for about 15 minutes. The biggest fireworks display today in Hawaii happened here inside the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and the event guests aboard LD602 were treated to a spectacular firework display from the helideck of a Philippine Navy ship.
It was indeed a truly remarkable night for the RIMPAC Naval Task Force 86 and the Filipino community inside the Pearl Harbor naval base. More or less 400 Filipino based in Hawaii attended the said event.
The PN’s participation in naval exercise with such magnitude allows our sailors and marines to exchange best practices with and learn from the best navies in the world. This will also show case our country’s rich cultural heritage with other participants and touch base with the large Filipino community in Hawaii.