PMA Cadet Corps Incorporation Day rites today at Fort Del Pilar

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By Nars Padilla

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Friday, May 23, 2014


IT'S a red letter day today for the core of 345 new plebes from the New Cadets battalion who will be formally integrated in the Cadet Corps of the Philippine Military Academy, AFP. The historic and traditional incorporation day rites will be staged at the academy’s Borromeo Field.

The new cadets will belong to the PMA Class 2018. The significant episode marks the end of one month and 23 days summer camp of rigid and highly intense military training. The training regimen, which is more often than not held out of doors under any weather condition is often referred to as the transformation period of the new cadet from a ‘boy to a man’.

Lt. Gen. Fernando Iriberri, Commanding General of the Philippine Army will grace the occasion as the guest of honor and speaker according to Major Agnes Lynette Flores, Public Affairs Office Chief of PMA. I can vividly remember the 345 new PMA cadets, including one cadet from Thailand at the academy on April 1, last month. They were formally welcomed with a series of activities through a customary reception sked by the long grey line. There were at least 1,455 successful examinees out of 21,751 applicants from all over the country. The new batch of plebes who are under the klieg lights at center stage composed of 243 males and 92 females, the biggest cast from the opposite sex in the history of the academy. Happily and with the Lord’s blessing, one of the new cadets is out nephew from the south.

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His mother, a few relatives, my wife Sol and I are fortunate to be at the academy this morning to witness the big commemorative event! And I mean big! Congratulations to the new cadets and their loved one! M/Gen. Oscar P. Lopez is the superintendent of the PMA. With him at the helm, the PMA hosted a media night at the Longayban hall last night.
Tomorrow, Sunday, a Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of the Brown Madonna, along Km. 7 Asin Road. The celebrant is Rev. Fr. Domingo "German" Ledesma, NCCB Spiritual and Shrine’s adviser. The religious rites is set at 8:30 a.m.

We are again reminding our Mama Mary devotees of the place of worship to join us. At the same time, we are inviting one and all to be with us in hope and prayer for the successful campaign of Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire when he fights Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel in Macau on May 31 this month. Donaire, an adopted foster son of the Baguio Elderly Assembly like Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is gunning for his fourth division championship title against WBA featherweight title holder Vetyeka. On this score, we have our fingers crossed for Nonito to realize his dream. Our dream! On the record, Congressman Pacquiao, "The Pacman" holds the world record as the only boxer who owns at least eight different world weight division titles tucked under his belt. From any perspective, his towering achievement is simply amazing and unparalleled in the annals of boxing.

Let us raise our glass of tapuey and thank the Lord our Almighty Kabunian for the very impressive performance of the Cordillera Administrative Region DepEd contingent to the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa held in Laguna.

With a fifth place finish out of 17 regional palaro delegations, CAR definitely proved to be a towering powerhouse in the annual DepEd national sports fest. CAR frog leaped from its 10th place finish last year to the fifth rung this year in the over-all standings with 24 gold, 11 silvers and and 12 bronze medals. Our Baguio athletes pooled in majority of the medal haul. As expected, the National Capital Region was supreme with 107-64-56 in a runaway fashion. Region 4-A placed second with 38-51-51 while Western Visayas had 32-33-38 to occupy the third spot. On the fourth place was Central Visayas with a total of 24-27-41 medals. NCR in the past decades proved to all saundry that as far as the Palarong Pambansa is concerned, the NCR athletic contingent is the team to beat. We must admit the fact that NCR has the best training facilities, wider selection base for athletes in nearly all sports disciplines, better trained coaches and trainers including sports medicine physicians and evidently more interest and financial support from the local government and private sports aficionados and supporters.

Let's face it, our sports facilities at the Burnham Park Athletic Oval are unfortunately and extremely below par compared to those in Pangasinan, Laguna, or even Ilocos Norte.

As a sportsman, I am deeply concerned about the incentive cash prizes awarded to our city athletes and coaches in particular in recognition of their individual or collective meritorious achievements either in the international, regional national, and other sanctioned sports competitions. We hope and trust the city government will implement to the fullest the provisions of Resolution no. 092 series of 1994 of the City Council which yours truly authored as a City Councilor from 1993-1005. Let us again join in unison to give credit to whom is due.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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