Briefer on Philippine Military Academy Graduation Exercises, March 2011

Contents:

I. History of the PMA
II. Writeup on PMA Laon-Alab Class of 2011
III. PMA graduation exercise traditions
The Valedictorian and the Baron
The Goat
Distribution of Rank Insignia
Class names
IV. Appendix
List of official class names
List of Recipients of the Presidential Saber
PMA graduation exercise program for March 6, 2011

List of names of the PMA Laon-Alab Class of 2011

History of the Philippine Military Academy

The Philippine Military Academy traces its beginnings to the officers’ school of the Philippine Constabulary in Manila which opened on February 15, 1905 at the Sta. Lucia Barracks in Intramuros.

The school transferred to Baguio three years later, on September 1, 1908, with Major James F. Quin as Head. The passage of Act No. 2319 by the Philippine Legislature on April 14, 1914, provided funds for the maintenance of the officers’ school. Subsequently, Act No. 2605 was passed on February 4, 1916 and renamed the school “Academy for Officers of the Philippine Constabulary.” It extended its course of instruction to carry out its mission to train men to become officers of the Philippine Constabulary. The passage of this Act marked the beginning of the requirement that candidates must pass a competitive examination.

On December 8, 1926, Act No. 3496 was passed by the Philippine Legislature and declared the official name of the school as the Philippine Constabulary Academy. The nine-month course transitioned to two years until it became three years in accordance with the provision of a subsequent amending Act. Modification of the act also provided for strengthening its faculty and the readjustments of its curriculum.

By this time, the Academy had already earned the status of college. Colonel R.A. Buckworthford, who was the Superintendent from 1929 to 1932, stated:

“The Academy is vested by law with the status of a college. The diplomas awarded to the Academy graduates should be recognized as equivalent to an AB or BS degree in the same way as West Point diplomas are recognized by most universities and other collegiate institutions in the United States.”

The rise of the Constabulary Academy to full college status came with the passage of Commonwealth Act No. 1 (the National Defense Act) on December 21. 1935. Prior to the Commonwealth, the colonial status of the Philippines meant that it could not provide for its own armed forces. With the transition period to full independence; however, the Commonwealth government embarked on putting in place the institutions necessary for a professional officer corps. The academy further extended its course of instruction to four years, conferred on its graduates the degree of Bachelor of Science, and authorized the final change of its name to “Philippine Military Academy.” In signing the National Defense Act, Pres. Manuel L. Quezon reaffirmed the need for a competent officers’ school and its important role in the building of a strong Philippines.

From the time of its transfer to Baguio on September 1, 1908 to 1936, the Academy was situated on Constabulary Hill, which was subsequently named Camp Henry T. Allen in honor of the man who was greatly responsible for its growth and development. In 1936, the Academy transferred to a bigger though temporary location, at Teacher’s Camp also in Baguio City. Again, the Academy saw extensive changes in its course of instructions in both military and academic courses.

The outbreak of World War II disrupted entirely what had auspiciously begun. The cadets of Class’42 and ’43 graduated ahead of schedule. They and their officers and instructors were assigned to combat units in Bataan and other sectors of the country.

The Philippine Military Academy officially reopened on May 5, 1947 in Baguio City. Classes began on the first week of June and were held at the old Camp Allen. Rehabilitation and development went hand in hand with the training of the then singular class of cadets. In the absence of upperclassmen, a few members of Class ’44 and ’45 were given the responsibility of indoctrinating the cadets until the integration of underclassmen to the Corps. Because of the need for wider grounds, a site in Loakan was acquired. The Academic Building, which was constructed at a cost of P 1,300.000, was initially erected on this new camp. Because the Corps was still small, the Academic Building was used as barracks and classrooms for the cadets. In early 1963, it was given the name Melchor Hall, after Col. Alejandro Melchor, who was Dean of the Academy.

After the construction of Melchor Hall, additional buildings were built. There were the officers’ quarters, the Station Hospital, and Yap Hall, which served as the cadet mess hall. For sports, a gymnasium was built and named Jurado Hall. There is also the covered court complex that doubles as auditorium, martial arts facilities, three tennis courts and a 25 meter swimming pool.

To accommodate the increasing number of cadets, three additional barracks were constructed – the Regis Hall, the Central Barracks, and the Mayo Hall, and two newly constructed barracks which are collectively called Ramos Hall.

The Philippine Military Academy today has undergone innovations—the Tri-Service Curriculum, infrastructure projects, the Faculty Merit System, and the acceptance of women into the Cadet Corps.

The Academy continues to be a symbol, a name, and a school. It epitomizes the best traditions of the service. It bears the standards of character founded on honor and fortified by discipline. It is a school that has trained men for over eighty years in the defense of the state and furtherance of peace and order. It has a proud heritage to cherish, a glorious tradition to uphold, a noble standard to maintain, and a vital mission to accomplish.

With its history considered, the Academy continues to endure and looks forward to the future guided by its motto “COURAGE, INTEGRITY, AND LOYALTY.” Source: PMA; with edits by the PCDSPO

The Philippine Military Academy Laon-Alab Class of 2011

By: Angelo Edward Buan Parras, valedictorian of Laon-Alab Class of 2011, and official class historian

Out of the 4,994 applicants who took the PMA entrance examination on August 2006, only two hundred fifty eight (258) men and thirty (30) women were able to surpass the rigid challenges prior to cadetship. These young men and women topped thousands of other aspirants from all over the country in competing for the most coveted cadetship slot at the Philippine Military Academy. Consequently, this brave group had to face the traditional reception rites on April 1, 2007. Since that day, this class has demonstrated its iron determination, for PMA class 2011 is one of the few who managed to finish the 30 minutes of hell without suffering any attrition. From that moment on, life for them has never been the same again. While all their youth counterparts were enjoying summer vacation with their families and friends, these cadets had to face rigorous challenges and training programs just to transform themselves into regimented soldiers who are ready to protect the land anytime they may be summoned.

Named Laon-Alab, this class drew inspiration from the magnificence of the natural element of fire being the primary source of all energies in the universe. They have their determination and passion for the service set on an ever-burning flame which they exemplified through their initiatives started even during their underclass years. This includes the pioneered annual class Christmas Party which integrated charity programs for the needy group of their choice.

Come first-class year, the class continued espousing its value of ever-burning passion through its initiative to improve the cadet corps starting from the enhancement of the aesthetic appeal of the guard room. Having no sufficient budget for the said project, the class never lost hope and employed their resourcefulness and creativity to accomplish their mission. Another class initiative was the project to air news at the Yap Hall. This demonstrated how the class valued the society as a whole by making everyone aware of the current events not just in the whole country but the whole world. Most importantly, the class also revived several corps organizations like the Discussion and Debate Society and Mathematics Club which helped foster excellence through extra-curricular activities.

Laon-Alab stands for Lakas-Tipon Alagad ng Bayan or “The Strong Force of the Servants of the Land.” Being a strong force, the class indubitably exhibited unity through its many achievements. Among them is the incomparable Silent Drill Company of the Laon-Alab class 2011 which earned several awards including military merit and commendation medals. From fourth class year until now, the company has accomplished more than 50 exceptional performances all across the land and brought joy to several people around the country. Another achievement includes the highly commendable 100th Nite Show performance which earned praises not just from organic personnel but also from civilians outside PMA. Entitled “Bukang Liwayway”, the presentation deviated from the traditional frolics-oriented one to a more entertaining popular-culture driven show.

PMA graduation exercise traditions

The Valedictorian and the Baron

The Presidential Saber is traditionally given by the incumbent President of the Philippines to the PMA Class Valedictorian. The 2011 recipient of the Presidential Saber is Cadet Parras.

Cadet First Class John Guiang, in the meantime, serves as the first captain of the cadet corps, by tradition called the Class Baron of 2011. The Baron is the most ranking cadet in the Corps and is technically the immediate assistant of the Commandant of Cadets in the discipline, interior administration, training and general efficiency of the Cadet Corps. The Baron has the distinction of wearing the longest chevron in the corps of cadets.

The Presidential Saber was first awarded by President Manuel L. Quezon in 1938 to Cadet Aristeo Ferraren, also the Baron of his class.

As per correspondence between columnist Ramon J. Farolan and blogger Winston Arpon, only three recipients of the Presidential Saber were also the Barons of their class: Cadet Leopoldo Regis, class of 1951 (and who died in the plane crash that also claimed President Magsaysay’s life in 1957), Cadet Manuel Arevalo, class of 1964, and Cadet Ferraren.

The Goat

The Goat is the cadet who graduates last in the class. This tradition was carried over from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Though discontinued at West Point since 1978, every cadet at the graduation ceremony knows who the class Goat is and when his or her name is read in the alphabetical list, the crowd bursts into sustained cheers.

Distribution of Rank Insignia

In 1957, Pilar Hidalgo Lim, wife of the late General Vicente Lim, started the tradition of giving all members of the PMA graduating classes their First Rank insignia, which they call their “Lieutenant’s triangles.” Every year, as a pre-graduation rite, the insignias are given to every member of the graduating class, together with 2 letters: a copy of the original letter of Mrs. Pilar Lim, and a letter of a representative of the Lim family, which has continued the tradition. This year, the Distribution of rank insignias was held on March 4, Friday.

Official class names

The tradition of naming PMA Classes started with the Dimasupil class of 1967 (see full list below) as a verbal representation of the collective aspirations of the class. As stated above, the class of 2011 is named Laon-Alab, following their aspirations to be “The Strong Force of the Servants of the Land.”

For more PMA graduation trivia , see here.

APPENDIX

List of official class names (1967-2011)

CLASS NAME
1967 DIMASUPIL
1970 MAGITING
1971 MATATAG
1972 MASIGASIG
1973 MAAGAP
1974 MARANGAL
1975 MAKABAYAN
1976 MAGILAS
1977 MASIKAP
1978 MAKATARUNGAN
1979 MATAPAT
1980 MAPITAGAN
1981 DIMALUPIG
1982 SANDIGAN
1983 MATIKAS
1984 MAHARLIKA
1985 SANDIWA
1986 SINAGTALA
1987 HINIRANG
1988 MARINGAL
1989 MAKATAO
1990 BIGKIS-LAHI
1991 SAMBISIG
1992 TANGLAW-DIWA
1993 MAALAB
1994 BANTAY LAYA
1995 MARILAG
1996 MABIKAS
1997 KALASAG-LAHI
1998 MASINAG
1999 MASIKHAY
2000 SANGHAYA
2001 KAAKIBAT
2002 BANYUHAY
2003 MANDARANGAN
2004 MALIYAB
2005 SANLINGAN
2006 MANDALA
2007 MARAGTAS
2008 BAGHAWI
2009 MASIGLAHI
2010 MASIDLAK
2011 LAON-ALAB

 

List of recipients of the Presidential Saber

 

NAME CLASS
ARISTEO T FERRAREN 1938
LISURGO E ESTRADA 1940
MANUEL T YAN 1941
ELISEO D RIO 1942
LEOPOLDO B REGIS 1951
MARCELO S NUGUID 1952
BERNABE D SALVADOR 1953
DONATO L GUZMAN JR 1954
ROSALINO A ALQUIZA 1955
JOSE C BELLO JR 1956
ARNOLFO R RAMIREZ 1957
GREGORIO D BRAVO 1958
SEBASTIAN B ARRASTIA 1959
THAVAL N SAWANGPUNKA 1960
ALEXANDER P AGUIRRE 1961
HERNANI M JOVER 1962
ECKWOOD H SOLOMON JR 1963
MANUEL A S AREVALO 1964
ANTONIO A DAZA 1965
ROMEO H BRUCE 1966
ANSELMO S AVENIDO JR 1967
ARTHUR B GARRIDO 1968
CRISOSTOMO F ABANES 1969
IRWIN P VER 1970
OSCAR O MARTINEZ 1971
EDUARDO H GADOR 1972
ANTONIO R TORRES 1973
ALFREDO D ABUEG JR 1974
RAUL M SUBALA 1975
JOEL R GOLTIAO 1976
KAH K LIM 1977
HO S YEE 1978
RAFAEL L LLAVE 1979
DELFIN G LORENZO 1980
THAWIP P NETNIYOM 1981
RENOIR M PASCUA 1982
ERVIN B GUMBAN 1983
SAMUEL T JARDIN 1984
MANUEL R GAERLAN 1985
GILBERT I GAPAY 1986
ANGEL L EVANGELISTA 1987
ANTONIO P MENDOZA JR 1988
REI FERDINAN B PICAR 1989
BRUCE S CONCEPCION 1990
JOSE ERNEST B GAVIOLA 1991
WAYNE B AVESTRUZ 1992
ROMMEL R CORDOVA 1993
GENARO C MENOR 1994
GERARDO O GAMBALA 1995
ROGELIO R LACERNA JR 1996
EPHRAIM G SUYOM 1997
JOE ROY D KINDIPAN 1998
ARLENE A DELA CRUZ 1999
PAUL ANTHONY V AVIQUIVIL 2000
SADIRI R TABUTOL 2001
CHARLIE ANTONIO DOMINGO JR 2002
TARA J VELASCO 2003
ROLLY A JOAQUIN 2004
BRYAN C RAYTON 2005
ARIEL M TOLEDO 2006
ANDRELEE S MOJICA 2007
ARIEL G RALLOS 2008
KARL WINSTON DL CACANINDIN 2009
ERAÑO B BELEN 2010
ANGELO EDWARD BUAN PARRAS 2011

 

PMA graduation exercise program for March 6, 2011

TIME PROGRAM
9:30 Academic Procession
10:00 Arrival Honors for His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III
Start of Ceremony
Singing of the National Anthem
Invocation
Welcome remarks
Presentation of Graduates
Declaration of Graduates/ Conferment of BS Degree
Distribution of Diplomas and Presentation of Awards
Valedictorian Address
Declaration of Commissionship
Oath of Office
Oath of PMAAAI Membership
Introduction of the Guest of Honor
Commencement Address
Singing of Alma Mater song
Recessional
IF Departure Honors

 

The PMA Laon-Alab Class of 2011

LAST NAME FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME BOS
ABELLA CHARIS PERALTA PAF
ADDUN, JR. DOMINADOR QUIENES PA
ADVINCULA JOHN ISMAEL DE VERA PAF
ALAMEDA IAN DENVER SAMULDE PN
ALAMO KATRINA BUGLOSA PA
ALAS-AS ARIEL CORNELIA PA
ALBIS JOEWIBEL ANJILOU JUQUIANAQ PA
ALLEN DWIGHT NEIL EWAY PN
ALVAREZ ALBERT DAGALEA PN
ANSAY JOESEPHER MASANGKAY PA
AQUINO MARY ROSE DUCLAYAN PN
AVANZADO RONNEL ACAIN PA
AVILA DENNIS GUTIERREZ PA
AYANGGOD MARIO JR BERONIO PN
AYO ALFIE PATIGDAS PA
BAJADE NIC-KLYDE LLOREN PAF
BALDOVINO NEKSON BANGLAGAN PN
BALIDOC REGINALD MANGACHEO PN
BASCO RACHEL ANN BILIWANG PA
BATAY-AN JAN AGUSTIN PA
BAUTISTA RONALD PALACPAC PA
BAWAGAN MARK ALVIN MACANAS PA
BELEO DANIEL JR MASLIAN PAF
BENGAO ANGELO TINAPNGAN PAF
BOLLA DELFIN JR. LABOYE PAF
BOO IAN EARL AGBANLOG PA
BRAWNER LISBON CEASAR YARCIA PA
BUBULI DENNIS TOLENTINO PAF
BUNCHA JESTER JOSEPH BAGAPORO PAF
CAASI LOVELY ROSE CAHIGA PA
CABABAAN RAMER DIAZ PA
CABANELA KAREN GLAZE MACARASIG PAF
CACATIAN WINSTON FERRER PA
CADAPAN ANNIE LOURAINE MOLABOLA PA
CADUNGOG LEO RAY DOSDOS PA
CALDEO PHILIP HACHUELA PN
CALMA JOSEPH RICHARD PENANO PAF
CAMPANER MAR GIL FABORADA PN
CANILANG DONDON DURAN PA
CAÑIZARES SEDFREY FEROLINO PAF
CAPISTRANO JONATHAN PEGA PAF
CAPUYAN JUSTINE JAMES LAWAGAN PAF
CARINO CARLITO JR ALMOCERA PA
CARMEN NORMAN FIGUEROA PAF
CARUAL NORMAN AVILA PA
CASAMAN JULIUS DOMINICK CALLUENG PA
CASTILLO PETER PAUL DIVINA PAF
CATAPANG CHESTER CABAGAY PA
CATINDIG MELVIN CHRISTOPHER MAQUEDA PA
CHUA TONY REB MELENDRES PN
CHULSI JESS DARYL ANGBAL PAF
CLAUDIO NICHERU BRIEN GARCIA PN
CRESENCIO LAWRENCE GALBAN PA
CUNANAN KRISTAL MEI CAILER PA
DAGPIN NILBERT NEGRITE PA
DAJAO LINLEY MARL MONTEROSO PA
DAYAG GERVANNI SANTOS PAF
DEFENSOR JUAN PAOLO LINGA PAF
DELOS REYES TRISTAN JOEMAR BAGWAN PAF
DIAZ CHRISTOPHER MEDALLA PAF
DINO ALJAY CABRIGA PN
DOMINGO ALLAN JAY TOLENTINO PN
DUCOY ROSE ANN GUYAGOY PN
DULIGUEZ JERICK IAN REQUIRON PN
DULNUAN JUNEL BELINGON PAF
DUMALE ANDY BELLINGAN PAF
ELNAR FREDERICK ARAZAS PN
ENGAY RAMON KRISTOFER GANAB PAF
ENTOMA BENMAR AMAQUITON PA
ESTRADA JOHN CARLO TATTAO PN
FALCATAN MARK JOSEPH AZUL PA
FAMULAG ROCELI REPALDA PN
FERAS DENNIS PISAN PN
FERNANDEZ REYZANDIE BOY FERNANDEZ PA
FERNANDO ADRIAN HESTA PA
FERRER FREDACE TABANIAG PA
FERRER JONALD REY PRADO PN
GABAYNO BOBBY FERRANCO PN
GALISTE EDDIE JR FORTES PAF
GANAR MAYFORD ARNOCO PA
GARCIA ERWIN JOY FIESTA PA
GARCIA EMILLE LIMAYO PN
GASPAR ROMNICK MALLARI PA
GASTON GERALD FORTES PA
GOMEZ ANNE LOISSE VEGA PAF
GUERRA JEISSAH PUNIO PA
GUIANG JOHN RIGOR CALISO PA
GUINGAR PADA KADATAR PA
HABBILING HEXILON MAHICON PA
HERNANDEZ DINO PALANA PN
HERNANDEZ ERIC PORTUGAL PA
HERNANDEZ JAY-VIC LAUIGAN PN
HIBALER IRVIN SAMULDE PA
HUMIWAT ARVIN GLENN PESPES PA
IBAO RENE TIMBAS PA
IRORITA SADIRI RAYE TANGUILAN PAF
JAMERO JOHN MICHAEL SAN LORENZO PA
JAYSON JAYMAR CELMAR PN
JUBAY HIDEKI JAN HERNAEZ PAF
KILAT IAN ROY MUTIA PN
KUB-ARON SHEEHAN DUMAWING PA
LABRADOR JOSEPH LUCAS PA
LAGUITAO DIANNE JHOY ZIPAGAN PN
LANDICHO DARREL KIM TIAMSIN PA
LAO GILLBERTTE ACOSTA PA
LAUDE CHRISTOPHER REY TUMULAK PA
LEYNES MONINA TIONGCO PA
LIZARDO ALLEN TUDLONG PAF
LOON JOHN MICHAEL AZCARRAGA PN
LOPEZ JOHN ERIC GABO PN
LORIN ALFREDO VI ESPANTO PN
LUBRIDO JR JONATHAN BARELLANO PA
LUGAO RANDY VAN PASAC PA
LUNA JAYSON CORTEZ PA
MACATOL BRYLLE KEVIN FABELA PA
MACLI-ING MIKHAEL BARNHARD DECALENG PA
MANALO JULIUS VILLARINO PN
MANGAGOM JODERICK BUCAO PA
MARQUEZ REYMON BATOY PAF
MARQUEZ MARK JEMANG PA
MASIRAG DESFORD MANGADA PA
MATBAGAN JANICE BANIAGA PAF
MELENDRES JOBERT MECA PN
MENDOZA CHRISTIAN JEFFRE PINANGAY PN
MENESES XY-RUS MATULLANO PA
MENESES FLORENCIO MIKAEL ESGUERRA PA
MERELOS RYAN GELIZON PA
MERLE LEANDRO ROLANDO JR MUNGCAL PAF
MIGUEL BEE-JAY TAGUINOD PAF
MIMAY MICHAEL EDISON BIESCAS PA
MORANA GEORGE ELTON SAIT PA
NIEVA JOEL VALDEZ PA
ORJE DENNIS BERNALES PN
PACHECO JERWIN LOTI-AN PN
PADUGANAN APRIL KARMEL OPAMIN PA
PAMITTAN RIGOR NARAG PA
PAMOR JOSE ARISTHEO MABALOT PA
PANGANIBAN GENER EMPAYNADO PA
PANGCOGA KENNETH JUMAO-AS PA
PANGILINAN ROLDAN TIGLAO PA
PARIÑAS JAYSON FABROS PA
PARRAS ANGELO EDWARD BUAN PN
PASCUA MICHAEL AWILI PA
PASION JOHN RENDLE SUPNET PAF
PASTOR PATRICIO JR PASCASIO PAF
PATALINGHUG MARIAN COSTAÑOS PA
PENALOSA JAN ANGELO MAZAREDO PAF
PERANTE JHAY DELOS SANTOS PN
PEREZ MILTON JONES TATLONGHARI PAF
PIEDAD MARK LYSTER DURAY PAF
PIGA JAYPEE BILLENA PA
PLAZA ROLAND ROY PAMAT PA
POQUIZ JOMART JESS GARCIA PA
PRONTO MARK ANTHONY DRUJA PN
PULANGAS JOECARNINE BOLOS PN
QUIOCHO FERDINAND PAOLO SARMIENTO PN
RAFUSON JOSEPH PETER ENRIQUEZ PAF
RAMIREZ JOANNA MONTOYA PA
RAMOS JAYSON BALOLOY PA
RANER DEXTER SALVACION PA
RAVINA JOHNFORD INTRAMPAS PN
RETULLA RONALD TUAZON PA
REYES SYMON REI OLINARES PA
RUZ DAN MICHAEL BALISACAN PN
SABANDO MIGUEL TUMACA PN
SAMONTE NOMARSON MOLINA PA
SANOY GUADALITO RAIZ PAF
SANTIAGO JAY-P-LESTER SAGALEN PA
SANTOS JED MCWILL ABAN PA
SERMONA JANGEL BRUCE DE DIOS PN
SERQUENA JOHN MARLO CANAPI PN
SIATRIZ JAN-JAN BAUTISTA PA
SINAY HARLAN JOSEPH RATUITA PA
SINGSON STEPHEN UGMAREZ PA
SINUES JEFFREY BALDONADO PA
SUBIERA GIL DAN LORAN PA
TAAY MARC JASON SANCHEZ PA
TACORDA ALLEN MARK BULJATIN PA
TAGSIP JOSE ALLAN PRIMACIO PN
TAGUINOD LIEZEL BUNGAG PA
TAYKO ROBERT BALUYUT PA
TILANA VICENTE LAGARTO PN
TINIO JOMAR CATOTO PA
TOBIAS CARLO CABALES PA
TORREPALMA JIMNAH ESPIRITU PA
TRINIDAD MAXIMO ABAMONGA PA
TUASON GENESIS NOEL CHR LIM PN
TUAZON FRANCIS ALFIE CASTILLO PA
TUMAMAO JOHN ANCHETA PA
UBUNGEN RAINIER PAGAY PA
VALENTINO JOANA NABI PN
VERGARA MATHEW MILAN RAMOS PAF
VIERNES ALDIM TONGA PA
VILLA DARYL DE GUZMAN PN
WANAWAN ROBERT JR FAED PA
YACO CLARK ISAGANI ZERNA PA
YBARLEY BRYLLE NABI PN

Source: The Philippine Military Academy

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