AFP brass graces inauguration of 3 projects at Wesmincom PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 June 2013 11:09

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel T Bautista arrived at Western Mindanao Command Headquarters on Thursday to visit field units and to personally lead and grace the inauguration and blessing of three projects inside Camp Navarro.

Wesmincom under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Rey  Ardo  undertook among others the major renovation/rehabilitation of the Flamingo, a multi-purpose hall; and La Solidaridad, a function area with swimming pool; and the construction of the Brig. Gen. Teodulfo Bautista Lounge, a function room intended as reception hall for VIP guests.

Among the three newly renovated/constructed facilities, the Flamingo is probably the most significant and most memorable to most retired and senior Officers who are still in the active service. Flamino has in one way or another become part of their lives and career. No less than Gen. Bautista and Gen. Ardo were once billeted in this facility 32 years ago when they reported here in Mindanao for their first assignment as new 2nd Lieutenants in 1981.

Flamingo is derived from latin word flamma which means flame. The original Flamingo Officers’ clubhouse traces its root in the 1970s during the height of the Muslim rebellion in western Mindanao. The then ‘flamboyant’ Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army Brig. Gen. Alfonso Alcoseba was responsible in conceiving the construction of the said facility and named it Flamingo, accordingly after the famous Flamingo in Las Vegas in order to serve as venue for unwinding and relaxation of the officers from the stress and fatigue of the intense fighting in Mindanao during that time. Since then, Flamingo has evolved to serve for other purposes and functions to include: as an EP Clubhouse in the 1990s; and as Female Officers Quarters renaming it to Patio de la Mujeres in 2000s. Today, Flamingo is still situated in its original location and retains most of its original architectural designs after undergoing another major renovation in the hope to bringing back its former glory, fame and memories.