Three hundred and forty-four cadets have been formally accepted into the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 2019.
Many of them are from the Cordillera region.
Over 18,000 applicants wanted to be part of PMA Class of 2019. But only 350 were able to pass a series of tests.
Of the 350, six didn’t attend the welcome ceremony at the PMA last April 1 and were dropped from the list.
A total of 52 cadets are from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – 12 female and 40 male.
Among the cadets hailing from CAR is Jovin Dicang from La Trinidad, Benguet.
Dicang revealed that he had wanted to become a Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilot since he was in grade school.
Dicang’s mother, Josephine, though, has some apprehensions about the path that her son has chosen. "Nagdarasal ako na naiyak kasi nag-wo-worry ako sa kanya," she said.
Dicang’s father Marvin simply said, “Pangarap n’ya talagang maging piloto at makapaglingkod na rin sa bayan.”
Another cadet hailing from CAR is Towner Caltino. He is a cousin of 2nd Lt. Arwi Martinez, the valedictorian of the PMA’s Sinaglahi Class of 2015.
Caltino’s mother, Miriam, said, “Na-inspire s’ya sa pinsan n’ya. Gusto n’ya rin talagang pumasok sa PMA.”
It will not be long before Dicang, Caltino, and the rest of the new cadets will be undergoing some very tough training.
PMA information officer Maj. Farakrisna Candelaria explained, “Ito ang unang milestone nila. They will then be taking a cadet course which will last for two months.”
The cadets will undergo basic military and physical training, which will serve as the foundations of their life in the PMA.