Memorializing common relationship and respect - present during the inauguration of Philippine-American Memorial were COMMO CARLOS AGUSTIN AFP (RET), CAPT JOHN CRANSTON USN, Former President, FIDEL V RAMOS, and PMA Superintendent, MAJ GEN OSCAR P LOPEZ.
Fort del Pilar, Baguio City – The Philippine Military Academy recently unveiled the Philippine-American Memorial to honor all Filipino and American fighters who gallantly fought for freedom and democracy of our country during World War II and to memorialize the endurance, resilience and strength of the Philippines and USA bilateral cooperation. The memorial was put up with the combined efforts of the United States Service Academy graduates who proposed to establish one inside Fort Del Pilar.
During the inauguration ceremony, no less than Former President Fidel V Ramos, himself an alumnus of West Point Military Academy, graced the occasion as the Guest Speaker. He pointed out several points that need to be accomplished in order for our country to achieve sustainable development. Also present were former AFP Chief of Staff General Narciso Abaya (Ret), also an alumnus of the West Point Military Academy and other alumni of the United States Naval Academy (USNA), United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), and United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA). The guests together with their families were warmly welcomed by the Superintendent himself, MAJ GEN OSCAR P LOPEZ AFP.
On the part of the United States Government, US Ambassador to the Philippines was represented by CAPT JOHN CRANSTON of JUSMAG Phils. According to the Captain, “The combined experiences over the years illustrate that together both countries can overcome challenges and bring peace and hope to those in need. As both move forward, US will improve the lives of people through the Philippines. The ability of RP’s and US’s armed forces to work together to confront any difficulty by providing better and higher quality training. This is a path through which we will make a strong partnership even stronger and a close relationship even closer. Common friendship and respect of the American and Filipino nations to each other will continue to endure.”
The Cadet Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CCAFP) formally integrated the 333 new plebes from New Cadets Battalion (NCBN) to the cadet corps in an Incorporation Rites on May 24, 2014 at the Borromeo Field, Philippine Military Academy, Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. Said occasion was graced by LTGEN HERNANDO DC A IRIBERRI AFP, the Commanding General, Philippine Army, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Out of the 21,751 applicants and 1,455 successful examinees from all over the country, 345 of them, including a Thai cadet reported to the Academy on April 01, 2014 and was formally received through a Reception Rites. After completing the requirements for the training in the NCBN, 333 “plebes” composed of 241 males and 92 females made it to the Incorporation Rites which formally signaled the joining of the members of PMA Class 2018 to the rest of the classes of CCAFP.
After graduating from the Academy in 1983, LTGEN HERNANDO DCA IRIBERRI AFP, for the first time, as the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, addressed the Cadet Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CCAFP) during the Incorporation Rites of the PMA Class 2018 held at Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City. He recognized the parents and relatives of the cadets thanking them for their effort in nurturing their sons and daughter on the values of leadership and nationalism.
In his speech, he defined Incorporation Rite as a sign of inner wholeness, a sense of completeness, a satisfying inclusiveness. During the parade, the families of each cadet has witnessed how their son or daughter has emerged to be “a worthy and better person and looking extreme and oozing with sex appeal, after the almost 53 days of challenging and demanding training, Isolation from family and friends, stripped and broken down ego”.
LTGEN IRIBERRI recalled his happy-go-lucky days during his younger years. He was a carefree student just like any regular teenager fresh out of high school, until he found himself taking the PMA Entrance Examination. The Commanding General of the Philippine Army could only proudly share to the Cadet Corps how he became the apple of his father’s eyes after learning that he passed the PMA Exam. And on same occasion, when he was the very plebe standing on the Borromeo Field for their Incorporation Rite, he remembers how his father’s eyes glistened, how his father’s feelings of disappointment and shame, turned to pride and admiration.
The CGPA reminded the future officers of the AFP to set their expectations higher and always set their bars higher. Incorporation is a reminder for the cadets to aim high to succeed reminding them that three decades from now, one of them will also be addressing the CCAFP, on such occasions such as the Incorporation Rite, and that will be a certainty.
In partnership with the University of Cordilleras (UC), the Cadet Corps, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CCAFP) participated in the Book Donation Project on May 17, 2014 at Lingayen Pangasinan. The Book Donation is spearheaded by UC-CSR Project H.E.L.E.N. under its education component which seeks to address the need of updating the current catalog of Public School libraries in the region. Twenty three (23) elementary and high schools, including the Provincial Library were the beneficiaries of the project. During the said activity, 25,000 pieces of books were distributed. The books came from the Children International which has been a partner of UC in all its book donation activities.
Ayala Corporation Chairman Emeritus Jaime Zobel De Ayala delivered a lecture before the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines on May 11, 2014. He inspired the cadets through the story of his life, sharing with them his insights on leadership and motivating them to excel in all their endeavors.
Together with their wives and children, alumni members of the PMA Class ‘62 celebrated their 52nd Anniversary in order for them to reminisce their experience in the Academy. On April 27, 2014, a dinner, together with the Assistant Superintendent, BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDRE M COSTALES AFP, was held at the Ambassador V. Del Rosario Hall 1, Baguio Country Club. Dubbed as “Sentimental Journey Dinner”, members of the Class 62 recollected their memories as plebes, cadets, and officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The Academy is honored with the visit of Minister Wijiratne Mendis, Chargé d' Affaires Sri Lanka Embassy. She was welcomed by Senior Officers of PMA, headed by BGEN ANDRE M COSTALES AFP, Assistant Superintendent.
Employees and Staff from Philippine Military Academy, in coordination with OCD-CAR, participated in the 1st quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill last April 24,2014 9 am. The aim of the activity is to enhance the preparedness of the Command and to formulate plans and standardize the reporting system to a specific calamity or disaster.
A day prior to the drill, enlisted personnel and civilian employees attended the information drive at Lopez Hall conducted by the Office of the Civil Defense – CAR, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, and Bureau of Fire Protection to properly brief participants on how to take the activity seriously given that natural disasters can not only destroy properties but also claim lives.
During the drill, death, injuries, and fire were simulated and were addressed by the Academy’s Disaster Response Task Group headed by LT COL JOEL N SOBRERA PA. After the drill, participants were appraised on the positive features of PMA’s responsiveness. However, NDRRMC representative cited a few points to improve on as an institution stating that no drill is perfect. The institution welcomed the suggestions from the representatives and would include the recommendations for future drills.
In connection with the said drill, Chief, Public Affairs Office, MAJOR AGNES LYNNETTE A FLORES, PROF, stated that “Natural disasters cannot be prevented. However, the impacts can be lessened with proper planning and notification systems. Through this drill, higher cost in property damage and loss of human life can be prevented. Planning requires the cooperation of a network of national and local officials working with Line agencies like the DILG and DND, to assess risks and implement changes where necessary”. Recognizing such need, PMA will continue to undertake measures that will ensure the preparedness of the Academy for any eventualities.
The Assistant Secretary for Human Resource of Department of National Defense, Honorable Efren Fernandez, recently visited the Academy on April 28, 2014. He was welcomed by BGEN ANDRE M COSTALES AFP, Assistant Superintendent.
Together with officers from PMA and representatives from City of Baguio, war veterans celebrated the liberation of the city from Japanese Occupation on April 27, 2014 at the Veterans Park, Baguio City. In the photo are Assistant Superintendent, BGEN ANDRE M COSTALES JR AFP, Rep Nicasio Aliping, Lone District of Baguio and Veterans from 66th Infantry. The 66th infantry were vital in the liberation of the city during the Japanese-American War.
The members of the PMA SALAKNIB Class 2017 are back to PMA after a four-week cruise designed for the cadets to visit places in the country especially the south. Dubbed as the southern Cruise, The third class cadets have toured Palawan, Zamboanga, Davao, Cebu and Corregidor with the purpose of providing them experiential learning of skills they will be needing once they become officers of the AFP.
During the cruise, cadets were oriented in the various responsibilities of each unit of the Armed Forces of The Philippines. With visit to the different units of the AFP, the cadets were able to appreciate the workings of the organization which they will be joining upon their graduation from PMA.
The cadets also showcased their finest skills in marching and military formations through Silent Drill Exhibition in front of different crowds from across the country. They also had the chance to meet with their civilian counterparts, LGU officials and Host Parent Association through interactions programmed for their visit.