DAY 1 (25 Oct 2010)
Arrival in Clark Airport,Manila around 1430H using MAS airline (MH704). After going through custom and immigration section (cadets) while the officers met with Philippines’ representator and Malaysian Embassy in VIP lounge. After welcoming session, we are brought to our hotel, The Heritage Hotel to drop our baggage and start our first agenda, visit to Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. This place contains of all American soldiers who died in the World War 2 and the full plan to reoccupied Asia from Japanese Army. Then we had our enjoyable and tasty Arabic cuisine at Gilak Restaurant . After that, we had sightseeing around Landmark Shopping Complex and buying some handicraft from Kultura Complex.
Day 2 (26th Oct 2010)
Our first official visit to University of Perpetual Help (UPH), Manila. This institution contains of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The incredible part was that this place contains its own flight simulator which giving great opportunity and knowledge to the cadets to handle the actual flight. Each cadet will having their own actual flight during their fourth year of academic after passing all the subject required in the silibus. This visit really open our eyes for their technology and facilities which we sure does not exist in any of our local universities.
The visit was continued to Jose Rizal University (JSU). Here, the Navy ROTC is taken place. For info, each university only held one service only. This university having a ship simulator same as our Navy been used. This is very surprising as the cadets get much more exposure than ours, which mean their university willing to invest as to get high quality student which does not depend on theory only.
In the late evening, we get a chance to visit Philippines Army Museum which held so many history of their Army which had direct connection to the building of Philippines nation. A lot of info and knowledge can be obtained here as it contains many historical story and objects. During this time, our head of delegation doing the courtesy call to the Phillippines Chief of Army.
Day 3 (27 Oct 2010)
On this date, we were going for visit at University of Santo Tomas (UST). This university is the oldest university. In 2011, it will reach its 400 years. An army ROTC is based here. During our visit, we got a really warm welcome from this university as the ROTC coordinator had been service in Malaysia before. This university as as the oldest university in Philippines have a vast collection of artifact which had been reference for any research.
Then, we had a visit to Adamson University for its Air Force ROTC. Here, we get information that education facility in Philippines starting from kindergarden until tertiary level under the same institution.
After that, we had a visit to its Air Force Museum and get a detail briefing from the museum curator. We also get as oppurtunity to get into the World War airplanes. During this time, our head of delegation doing the courtesy call to the Phillippines Chief of Air Force
Day 4 (28 Oct 2010)
Malaysian Embassy in Philippines are very happy to receive our visitation as we are the first delegation from Malaysia ROTU doing so. Here, we get infromation regarding the structure and function of the embassy. We also get to know the function of our military force outside of Malaysia as they preserve peace at other place under United Nation’s flag.
In the night, we have dinner with the ambassador and to celebrate and express our thanks to all the personnel and organization that willing to help us during our visitation in Philippines.
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