By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine Army has renamed its museum building in honor of the life and legacy of the Army’s 11th Commanding General of the Philippine Army (CGPA) in Brig. Gen. Leoncio S. Tan in simple but meaningful rights on October 14, 2022, at the Philippine Army Museum, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila.
Army Chief Historian Emeterio A. Ornedo, Jr., said the Philippine Army Museum Building, which is now called the Brig. Gen. Leoncio S. Tan Building is a fitting tribute to the life and legacy of the former Army Chief who led the Philippine Army from July 11, 1957, to June 12, 1958.
Under Brig. Gen. Tan’s leadership, the Army established its permanent headquarters at Fort William McKinley which was later renamed, Fort Andres Bonifacio.
Likewise, the former CGPA also pushed the housing projects for the Army personnel and planned the first Army forces maneuvers in all division levels there.
The late Brig. Gen. Tan graduated from the Philippine Constabulary Academy in 1928 and served as a member of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) during World War ll.
He received a plaudit from the US Armed Forces particularly a Silver Star Medal for his gallantry in action. (a/mtvn)