BAGUIO CITY -- A total of 282 cadets graduated from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in its graduation ceremonies Sunday in Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City.
Of this number, 75 members of the PMA Alab Tala Class of 2018 are female, the biggest number in 25 years since the academy started accepting female applicants.
Three females are also included in the top 10 of the class. They were Cadet 1st class Leonore Andrea Carino Japitan from Butuan City, who finished number 4; Jezaira Laquinon Buenaventura of Bais, Negros Occidental; and Micah Quiambao Reynaldo of Bamban, Tarlac.
Buenaventura, the star woman of the class, said the large number of female cadets will hopefully entice other women to enter the academy.
“Nakaka-proud po na maraming babae sa batch namin, tapos sa tingin ko po nakaka-encourage po siya sa ibang females na mag-join ng PMA," she said.
PMA superintendent Lieutenant General Donato San Juan said the number of females who went through the exams are higher compared to the past years.
"We continue to maintain, according to the regulation, 20% of the population are female in PMA. As of today we have that percentage. The explanation probably why there are a lot of female in this class is because the survivability for the female is higher," San Juan said.
Among the female graduates, 38 will join the Philippine Army, 19 will go to the Philippine Air Force, while 18 will join the Philippine Navy.
A female graduate will also receive the PMA’s Athletic Saber Award. Second Lieutenant Jasm Marie Alcoriza from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental will be given the said award.