On the afternoon of June 8, 2016, the annual Opening Bonfire tradition of the Maritime Regiment was held at the Aznar Ballpark. This tradition, which assesses if cadets are mentally and physically ready to move up the ranks and go to a higher class, was led by the RTD Officers and Instructors, ensuring the safety of the corps of cadets.
At exactly 1730H the Bonfire started with Faculty & Staff gathering to show support to the corps of cadets. A small fellowship was made, with dinner served for employees and boodle fight for cadets. As the lighting of the bonfire began, 3 cadets held torches symbolizing the core values of the Maritime Regiment- Leadership, Discipline & Honor. After they recited the code of values, cadets with academic excellence were recognized and awarded by the OIC Dean, Captain Jacob Calva and HR-Adm Director Ms. Jonah Lafuente.