Isabela, Philippines – Get to know the history of the infantry unit that has been going into battle the past 50 years to protect the country and the Filipinos in Northern Luzon through the 5th Infantry Division(ID) Museum.
Said museum was officially opened to the public this May 2, 2023.
According to 5ID Commander, Major General Audrey Pasia, the museum located at the Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz in Upi, Gamu, Isabela was opened for public viewing to allow the people to know the unit’s history for educational, informational, and entertainment purposes.
He added it is also time to let the people be more aware of the sacrifices and heroism of the soldiers in the unit as they uphold their sworn duty to serve the country and the Filipinos.
Among the exhibits that can be found at said museum show the gallantry of Lieutenant Melchor F Dela Cruz; history of the 5ID which was established on October 16, 1972; and the dismantling of the Marag Valley in Cagayan which used to the headquarters of the Far North Luzon Regional Party Committee of the Northern Luzon Commission of the New People’s Army.
Also featured in the museum is the recovery of the MV Karagatan in Palanan, Isabela. This incident was said to be an attempt before to ship weapons and other war equipment to the NPAs at the Digyo Point in Palanan, Isabela. This plan was stopped by the government forces.
Isabela Provincial Senior Tourism Operations Officer, Natalie Almazan encouraged the public to take care of the museum as it contains the valor and sacrifices of the soldiers and the 5th Infantry Division.
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