It is not just about who we are and what we have, but about what others have become because of us. It is the burning desire to bring out the best in others that characterizes the life-journey of VADM CUSI.
VADM CUSI was born on 17 November 1964 in Quezon City. He graduated from the Philippine Military Academy as a member of PMA “Sinagtala” class on 22 March 1986. An aphorism proclaims that one cannot see the beauty of the ocean without leaving the safety of the shore. In joining the Philippine Navy, he dared to equipped himself with professional and personal experiences that helped him succeed and contribute in the AFP. Advancing his way towards leadership, competence and commitment, he has been entrusted with various positions of responsibility prompting him to spend most of his military service in Visayas and Mindanao. His service in leading 14 Philippine Navy vessels and performing various tasks and responsibilities thereof made him complete his Command-at-Sea duty tour in 2008. His most noteworthy assignments were: Charlie Company Tactical Officer, Philippine Military Academy; Commanding Officer, Barko ng Pilipinas (BRP) Rizal PS74; Assistant Chief of Fleet Staff for Operations/F3, Philippine Fleet; Director, Naval Operations Center, Philippine Navy; Deputy Commander, Naval Forces Central, and Commander, Naval Task Force 50 in Central Philippines; Director, Command Leadership and Management Division, Academic Center, Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College; Chief of Academy Staff, Philippine Military Academy; Commander, Joint Task Force Malampaya; Deputy Commander, Western Command; Chief of Naval Staff, Philippine Navy; Vice Commander, Philippine Navy and Commander, Naval Education, Training and Doctrines Command.
His relentless pursuit to be a paragon of excellence and competence in service was manifested by distinguishing himself as an Honor Graduate of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff Course; graduate of the Naval Staff College Course, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA and a graduate of Master of Science in National Resource Strategy at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington DC, USA. The latter is an accepted equivalent of the Master of National Security Administration program offered by the National Defense College of the Philippines.
As he progressed in his career, in every task, encounter and mission, in every speech, lecture and discussion and in every planning, operation and evaluation, VADM CUSI has placed premium in the indubitable power of example and the consequential value of developing the right habits. The fundamental virtues of respect, humility and discipline can only be learned, practiced and appreciated when leaders model and habitually demonstrate them. Thus, his stint in the tactical, operational and strategic positions essentially points how character inspires and builds a person, a leadership, an organization ─ and eventually a nation.
Because of his generosity of spirit and quality of work, VADM CUSI was showered by numerous recognitions from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guards, Local Government Units and other individuals who in their own ways witnessed his passion and inspiration in making a difference in people’s lives.
He is currently tasked the lead in educating, training and inspiring the future AFP leaders as the Superintendent, Philippine Military Academy.
While he has received much in life and in career, VADM CUSI continues to strive to be a leader-for-others: a father to three (3) children - Karlo, Dianne and Janine, a mentor to many and a warrior with a heart and soul.