Barlig lad is PMA salu­ta­to­rian

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TWO Cordiller­ans will be part of this year’s top 10 grad­u­at­ing cadets of the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy Alab Tala Class of 2018.

Top­ping this year’s Ala­gad ng Lahing Binigkis ng Ta­pang at Lakas of 2018 is Cadet 1st Class Jay­war­dene Galilea Hon­to­ria from Iloilo.

The 25-year - old Navy in­signe is the son of a farmer and a house­wife from Bal­abag, Pavia in Iloilo and is a regis­tered nurse from the West Visayas State Univer­sity and a for­mer re­servist for the coast guard.

For grad­u­at­ing num­ber one, Hon­to­ria will be re­ceiv­ing the Pres­i­den­tial Saber, Chief of Staff Saber, Philip­pine Navy Saber, Aca­demic Group San, Aus­tralian De­fense Best Over­all Per­for­mance Award, Span­ish Armed Forces

Award, Hu­man­i­ties Plaque, Nat­u­ral Sciences Plaque, So­cial Sciences Plaque, Jus­mag Award and the Depart­ment of Lead­er­ship Plaque.

Plac­ing num­ber two is 24 – year - old Cadet 1CL Ri­cardo Witawit Li­waden who hails from Gawana, Barlig Moun­tain Province.

Li­waden whose fa­ther is a farmer and whose mother is a re­tired teacher de­cided to take up civil engi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Baguio as a prepara­tory course be­fore en­ter­ing the academy.

"My in­spi­ra­tion in en­ter­ing the academy is my fa­ther bea­cause he was the one who taught me how to love my work since I was a child, he is my role model. My fa­ther was the one who con­vinced me on what course I would take up in col­lege and what branch of ser­vice I would want to go to in the mil­i­tary to which, since my plebe year, I de­cided to vol­un­teer for the army and it is where I will be serv­ing," said Li­waden.

For grad­u­at­ing num­ber two, Li­waden will be re­ceiv­ing the Vice Pres­i­den­tial Saber, Philip­pine Army Saber, Sports and Phys­i­cal Devel­op­ment Plaque, Tac­tics Group Award and the Ath­letic Saber.

Li­waden was a squad-leader, cadet in charge of the marathon corps squad, and brigade ath­letic of­fi­cer in the academy.

The sec­ond Cordilleran to make it to the top ten po­si­tion is Baguio Boy Cadet 1CL Paolo Balla Bri­ones from Camp Allen who fin­ished num­ber eight.

Just like Li­waden, Bri­ones ini­tially took civil engi­neer­ing course at the Saint Louis Univer­sity prior to his en­try in the academy.

Bri­ones’ fa­ther is an en­listed of­fi­cer in the Philip­pine Army while her mother is a house­wife.

De­spite fin­ish­ing num­ber eight, Bri­ones who will en­ter the air force ex­plained the dif­fer­ence of be­ing a Cordilleran among the other grad­u­at­ing cadets.

"We are Cordilleran who are strong enough and in­tel­lec­tu­ally ca­pa­ble. We are trained in dif­fer­ent as­pects and we will give what­ever we can de­pend­ing on how we per­form as sol­diers in the mil­i­tary," Bri­ones stated.

Other mem­bers of the top 10 are Cadet 1st Class Jun-Jay Malaz­zab Cas­tro at num­ber three, Cadet 1st Class Leonore An­drea Carino Jap­i­tan at num­ber four, Cadet 1st Class Mark Jantzen Nino Dacillo at num­ber five, Cadet 1st Class Jezaira Laquinon Bue­naven­tura at num­ber six, Cadet 1st Class Jessie An­to­nio Laranang at num­ber seven, Cadet 1st Class Jayson Ray­mundo Ci­matu at num­ber nine, and Cadet 1st Class Micah Quiambao Rey­naldo at num­ber 10.

From the 282 strong grad­u­at­ing class, 105 males and 38 fe­males will join the Philip­pine Army, 52 males and 19 fe­males will go to the Philip­pine Air Force, while 50 males and 18 fe­males will join the Philip­pine Navy.

PMA Su­per­in­ten­dent Lt. Gen. Donato San Juan said it has been 67 years af­ter the academy had its Class Baron as top grad­u­ate.

PMA of­fi­cials may have loos­ened their grip on sanc­tions over the leak­age of this year’s top grad­u­at­ing class, when rel­a­tives of Hon­to­ria in Iloilo broad­cast via ra­dio his achieve­ment.

San Juan owed the leak due to the chang­ing times and the ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy say­ing the academy can­not do any­thing about it any­more, ex­plain­ing Hon­tario texted the news to his fam­ily who in turn broad­cast it through so­cial me­dia.

Spe­cial awards are given to Cadet 1CL Chris­tian Michael Olarte Peña on Jounal­ism.

Grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies are set on Sun­day with Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte. Jonathan Llanes with a re­port from Ma. Elena Cata­jan

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