MANILA - The valedictorian of the Philippine Military Academy "Salaknib" Class of 2017 urged her fellow graduates on Sunday to never let their imperfections hinder them from striving for excellence.
"I'm just an ordinary cadet, one who commits mistakes, who slept in class and has flaws in my own ways. Nobody's perfect, but being imperfect does not mean that you do not aim for excellence," Rovi Mairel Valino Martinez said a speech during PMA's commencement rites.
"For as long as you're doing your best in everything you do, that is excellence and cadets like us should always aim for that."
Martinez, the fourth woman to top her class in PMA history, also vowed that she and her "mistahs" will serve the country honorably.
"To the Filipino people, whom we have pledged to serve with honor and integrity, utang namin lahat ng ito sa inyo. We will strive to become the best officers who are worthy of your respect and trust.
"We vow as young leaders of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to always serve you and our country with vigor and unwavering commitment. Sa buong sambayanang Pilipino, handa na po kaming magsilbi sa inyo."
Watch Martinez' full valedictory address here.
ABS-CBN News, 12 March 2017