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Most females in PMA Class of 2018

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By Zaldy C. Comanda

PROUD ‘MARIAS’ — Proudly topping PMA ‘Alab-Tala’ Class of 2018 are (from left) Cadet 1CL Leonore Japitan, 1CL Jezaira Buenaventura, and 1CL Micah Reynaldo. They are joined by 1CLJasm Marie Alcoriza of Bacolod City who will receive the ‘Athletic Saber’ special award. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

PROUD ‘MARIAS’ — Proudly topping PMA ‘Alab-Tala’ Class of 2018 are (from left) Cadet 1CL Leonore Japitan, 1CL Jezaira Buenaventura, and 1CL Micah Reynaldo. They are joined by 1CLJasm Marie Alcoriza of Bacolod City who will receive the ‘Athletic Saber’ special award. (Zaldy C. Comanda)

Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City — Female cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) have made their mark this year by turning PMA “Alab-Tala” Class of 2018 into the batch with the most number of female graduates.

It was learned that 75 out of the 282 graduates of this year’s PMA Class, known as Alab-Tala or “Alagad ng Lahing Binigkis ng Tapang at Lakas,” are females.

This feat happens 21 years after the first females graduated from the PMA in 1997, and 19 years after then Ensign Arlene dela Cruz topped PMA “Masikhay” Class of 1999.

Three of those graduating on Sunday have landed in the Top Ten. They are No. 4 Cadet 1CL Leonore Japitan of Butuan City; No. 6 1CL Jezaira Buenaventura of Bais City, Negros Oriental; and No. 10 1CL Micah Reynaldo, of Bamban, Tarlac.

Both Japitan and Buenaventura are joining in Philippine Army (PA), while Reynaldo is joining the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

“Gender is not an issue in training cadets at the Philippine Military Academy including becoming a soldier and we have had many women cadets since 1997 and they have proven themselves in the frontline service as soldiers,” said Lt. Gen. Donato San Juan, PMA superintendent.

He said that out of the 75 female cadets graduating on Sunday, 38 are joining the Army; 19 are going to the PAF; and 18 will be joining the Philippine Navy (PN).

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