2011 Philippine Fleet
Sangley Point, Cavite City, Philippines
February 14, 2011 - An Australian-based Filipino family whose generosity made their home become a foster home to military officers traveling to Australia for defense studies nearly two decades, were accorded warm welcome at the Philippine Fleet headquarters based in Sangley Point, Cavite City on February 16, 2011 and were received with standing oblation by the Navy officers.
A reservist of the Philippine Army, Colonel Nestor Bautista and his family are in the country for vacation and they paid a courtesy call to Rear Admiral Jose Luis Alano, the Commander of the Philippine Fleet and concurrent Vice Commander of Philippine Navy, who once stayed in their home when he was still a young Lieutenant Commander studying in Australia.
For almost two decades, Colonel Bautista’s family became customary to share their home especially to first time visitors. It has also become customary for the officers who go Australia to visit the family and exchange pleasantries about homeland Philippines.
Colonel Bautista said he understands how difficult it is for officers who are visiting a foreign land for the first time with just enough to spend.
Rear Admiral Alano said, “Words are not enough to express our profound gratitude to Colonel Bautista and his family whose generosity has helped so many of us by creating a home for us, away from home.”
Australian based Filipino family shares their foster home for military students
Colonel Nestor Bautista (far right) and the members of his family pays a courtesy call to Philippine Fleet’s Commander, Rear Admiral Jose Luis Alano (lcenter) who was once the family’s guest during his younger years schooling in Australia
He pointed out how Filipino communities create an atmosphere of family bonding abroad, where their immediate family members are nowhere near to be found.
The Philippine Fleet gave Colonel Bautista and his family a tour inside the base’s facilities, the chance to fire a pistol and a joyride on a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat that can speed up to 50 knots.