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.