Aquino graces PMA grad rites

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Friday, March 15, 2013

FORT DEL PILAR - President Benigno Aquino III will address Philippine Military Class (PMA) 2013, on Sunday, in traditional graduation rites.

Aquino will be guest of honor in military commencement exercises and will hand to Cadet First Class Jestoni Lanaja the Presidential Saber for topping his class of 124 cadets of Pudhang-Kalis (Puso’t dangal ng mga Kawal ng Lahing Nagkakaisa) Class of 2013.

Aquino is anticipated to give his address to the young soldiers who will be serving the government after exiting from the military school.


The graduating cadets are expected to be deployed in parts of conflict ridden areas in the country.

PMA Superintendent General Ireneo Espino said, “The cadets are informed of the situation outside.”

The country now faces international disputes to which the new soldiers will be exposed to right after leaving PMA.

Espino said although there are preparations for cadets during their academics “they are trained to be platoon leaders, it will take some time for them to handle these issues, it is not yet at their level.”

Espino said the PMA graduates of Class 2013 is the first batch to have a leadership forum aiming to inspire cadets and mold them to become country leaders after they leave the hallowed grounds of the academy.

The leadership forum aimed to inspire cadets and for them to learn from the vast and invaluable experiences of invited guests and lecturers.

Class 2013 Pudang Kalis will go down in history as the class with the most number of women in the top ten as well as special awardees.

The class name is from Muslim origins meaning scared sword. Lanaja as well as the next topnotcher, Cadets First Class Maryam Balais of Benguet are Muslims.

The other top graduates of the PMA this year are Prolen Bonacua of Valenzuela City, Jesse Saludo of Valenzuela City, Joselyn Advincula of Tagaytay City, Leode John Tulang of Agusan del Sur, Mark Ferdinand Villamin of Batangas, Vanessa Factor of Antipolo City, Jhed Dumocloy of Cagayan and Maila Maniscan of South Cotabato. (Maria Elena Catajan)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 16, 2013.

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