July 16, 2024

Cordillerans came together in a cultural and musical celebration that reflected the spirit of independence and patriotism during Musikalayaan sa Norte 2024, in celebration of the 126th Philippine Independence Day on June 12 at SM City Baguio.

Musikalayaan sa Norte was organized by the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the 1st Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP, in partnership with the City Government of Baguio.

MUSIKALAYAAN — Police Regional Office-Cordillera Deputy Director for Administration B/Gen. Patrick Joseph Allan and ranking military officers graced the “MusiKalayaan” concert at SM City Baguio Sky Terrace on June 12. Several cultural youth groups also presented the rich cultural heritage of the ethnic groups in the Cordillera. — PRO-Cor photo

The event highlighted the unity of the Cordillerans in safeguarding the country’s freedom and democracy.

It served as a platform for 20 sets of performers, totaling 300 individuals, from the uniformed services, local talents, and various groups from the Cordillera – from the youth, academe, and LGBTQ+ sectors, showcasing an artistic expression of freedom and the indomitable spirit of the Cordilleran community.

Col. Virgilio M. Noora, Philippine Army, commander of the Joint Task Group Baguio, representing Nolcom Commander Lt. Gen. Fernyl G. Buca PAF, looked back on the sacrifices of our forefathers in achieving the freedom that we enjoy today and emphasized to focus on what needs to be done to protect our freedom.

“As we look back at the road that led us to the freedom and democracy we enjoy today, we also set our sights on the work that remains to be done to achieve the brighter future our heroes dreamed for us,” he said.

In addition to the dynamic performances, AFP recruitment booths were set up and equipment for disaster response and relief operations by the Philippine Air Force through Tactical Operations Group 1 was also showcased, including the capabilities of the Philippine National Police through the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15 in combat operations.

Musikalayaan sa Norte 2024 was not just a special tribute to the nation’s heroes but also a testament to the collective commitment of the united Cordillerans in protecting the county’s freedom and sovereignty against those who seek to destroy it.

The success of the event was also credited to the collective efforts of partners such as SM City Baguio, the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, the Police Regional Office Cordillera Region, Joint Task Group Baguio, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15, Tactical Operations Group 1, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, The Manor at Camp John Hay, Jelexie Bread Tarlac, Bread Talk, and Baguio Councilor Vladimir Cayabas. – Press release