Monday, October 11, 2004

PMA Cadets

My father used to kid me about entering PMA right after high school graduation. I was then an active cadette officer in high school. Hmm. That time, I was considering it but I wanted to make it big. I was more inclined to take Physical Therapy or pursue journalism. Also, I somehow doubt if I would survive the rigours of the training.

I also recall a female co-officer who seemed so outrightly focused in doing her duties. My! She proudly told me she would be joining PMA. Guess what? She did not and up to now, acts like she is an officer figure. With her attitude in dealing with other people, she surely impressed me as a loser.

But as far as I know, females weren't then accepted at the military institution which was solely a haven of the stronger species.

Sun-Star Baguio/Sunday, October 10, 2004
By Jane Cadalig

PHILIPPINE Military Academy Supt. Cristolito Balaoing said a minimal 5.08
percent of the original applicants who took the PMA entrance examinations
were able to make it for the next physical and medical assessments of
cadet applicants.

Balaoing said that out of the 9,511 examinees, only 483 qualified to
undergo the next level of the cadet selection. Among the qualifiers are 80
females and 403 males. The entrance examination was conducted last
September 6.

He explained that the entrance examination was merely the first in a
series of tests that a PMA applicant must pass to earn his or appointment
as a cadet. "(The applicant) must also undergo and pass a rigid physical
and medical examination, which includes neuro-psychiatric test and a
series of aptitude for the service interviews."

The yearly examinations cover subjects in algebra and geometry, grammar,
composition, reading and comprehension and special PMA aptitude.

"This is the third year that PMA required applicants to have a high school
general average of at least 80 percent or higher. The implementation of
this grade requirement for cadet-applicants aims to ensure that they will
be able to hurdle the tough academic curriculum at PMA," explained

Topping the successful qualifiers is 18 years old Siegfred Alan Baluyot
from Paranaque City. Ranking second and third are Fasl Goldanne Buenaflor
from Cotabato City and Edward Espiritu from Quezon City, respectively.

Others in the top 10 (4th to 10th) include Glan Carlo Melad from Cainta,
Rizal; Justin Benigno Aquino from Quezon City; Cherry Bañez of Baguio
City; Conrad Smith Lacsina from Tarlac, City; Jesse Lance Reyes and Mark
Edison De Vera both from Makati City; and Lawrence Bello from Quezon City.

The first batch composed of 80 passers would be reporting to the Armed
Forces of the Philippines Medical Center for the physical and medical
examinations starting on the first week of November. Results are to be
submitted to the AFP chief of staff then to the secretary of National
Defense towards the end of February.

Names of those recommended would be forwarded to the President, who signs
the appointments of cadets, which will compose class 2008.

PMA information officer Alvin Lopez also explained that as full-time
government scholars, applicants are given free board and lodging while
undergoing the medical and physical tests.

"Upon admission to the academy in April 1, cadets enjoy a four-year
complete and quality education no other college can offer. They receive
pay and allowances while studying. They are also guaranteed of a job after
graduation for which they are commissioned to the branch of service of
their choice as second lieutenants or ensigns in the Phil. Army, Navy, or
Air Force of the AFP," Lopez added.

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