Closing Bonfire: SY 2011-2012

As the first semester of school year 2011-2012 came to a close, the Maritime Regiment lit up the night sky with its culminating bonfire.

Not only cadets, but also faculty and staff of the Regiment filled Aznar Ballpark on October 15, 2011 as it celebrated and looked back on the events which happened over the last 5 months.

The words “If we hold on together, I know our dreams will never die” echoed all throughout the area as everyone sang while lighting up their candles showcasing true camaraderie and peace within the regiment.

Parents from all over the Philippines also attended the closing bonfire giving words of guidance and wisdom and after an inspirational speech given by guest speaker Attorney  Bacquiano and song numbers performed by Dr. Ibon, Mr. Jacob Calva and Attorney Selwin Prada, the cadets took out pieces of cloth where they wrote what they learned in the regiment and words of gratitude, tying it together to make the “rope of unity” in the regiment.

“I am deeply touched. We’ve never had bonfire like this,” Mrs. Gina Aznar, President of SMFI said during her closing speech.

As the bonfire started to burn out and the night came to a close, everyone came together as one; remembering the true meaning of brotherhood and value of the Regiment.


Victoria Aznar

Victory Party: SY 2011-2012

The Over-All Champions of Siglakas 2011 celebrated their victory in style as they soaked in the sun, sea and waves on August 19, 2011 at Parks place beach resort in Pinamungahan , Cebu.

During the program, different coaches with their athletes were recognized for their achievements during Siglakas and respective medals were given in front of the entire regiment.

Cadets were seen playing beach games such as volleyball and tug of war, eating good food and enjoying the free time after midterms and although the rain started pouring towards the end of the day, it all the more made it a truly a memorable event for everyone.


Victoria Aznar

Opening Bonfire: SY 2011-2012

When flames run wild,  it destroys everything in its path. However, when controlled, it may become a dancing work of art.

On the morning of June 13, 2011, Southwestern University was in for a rude awakening when a sudden fire broke outside campus, damaging six classrooms and numerous boarding houses beside the school.

Despite the unfortunate event which transpired on the first day of class, the Maritime Regiment proved that the fire could be a significant start to a bright future ahead. This sign, which was clearly displayed during the annual bonfire.

Seven hundred cadets stood in formation on the eve of the 13th with 248 of them being newly accepted 3rd class cadets. These new cadets waited in anticipation as the newly inducted corps commander of the regiment, Cadet captain Gian Aznar gave orders. As soon as the program began, the bonfire lit up not only the dark night but also the faces of all those witnessing the annual tradition.

“The fire may have blazed a building in our University but it did not damage our spirits!”, the Corps Commander said with conviction as he gave his speech. Twenty six 2nd class cadets who withstood difficult obstacles and advanced leadership training were then inducted into the Corps of Regiment Cadet Officers.  An air of certainty filled the area as the boodle fight and presentations from various cadets began and toward the end of the program, laughter and camaraderie was clearly seen among the cadets as they shared what would be a lasting first memory of school year 2011-2012.