30 JULY 2018 – Dr. Cesar P. Pobre, a military historian and author, unveiled the second volume of his book series, History of the Armed Forces of the Filipino People, at the Dimalupig Hall-B, AFPCOC in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Published in partnership with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), the follow-up book recounts the significant efforts of our Armed Forces in defending and preserving the country’s freedom the past 20 years.
According to PVAO Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina, “Many books have been written about the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). However, much of what have been written are the outcome of interventions or actions of the AFP, segmented and hardly interconnected.”
Rather than “fragmented” accounts, USec. Carolina said that Books I and II of the History of the Armed Forces of the Filipino People will provide a holistic view of the organization that breeds our country’s defenders — the AFP.
Former President Fidel V. Ramos and Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana were also present in the book launch as special guests and speakers.
“We hope to have more historians, scholars and officers like Dr. Pobre, with the same burning passion to ignite patriotism in our people by telling the story of gallantry and selfless sacrifices of our country’s defenders, for love of freedom,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
Dr. Pobre is also known to have written other historical books such as the Freedom Fighters of Northern Luzon: Untold Story, Victory in Northern Luzon, and Filipinos in the Korean War.
Dr. Pobre, who has a 25-year contract with PVAO in writing books that are sources of national pride and inspiration, encouraged everyone to emulate the sacrificial efforts of the Filipino Armed Forces over the years in preserving unity, stability, peace, and order in our nation.