CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – More than a thousand active and retired soldiers and policemen will return to their alma mater to celebrate the annual Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Alumni Homecoming at Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City on February 19-22, 2015.
Major General Oscar P. Lopez, the PMA Superintendent and his partner, Retired Major General Jose Ma. G. Solquillo, President of the PMA Alumni Association Inc. (PMAAAI), are now laying the ground works for the coming of over 1,500 cavaliers during the said event. The cavaliers will be marching at the hallowed grounds of Fort Del Pilar called as the Borromeo Field.
This year, the PMA alumni invited Hon. Eduardo S.L. Oban Jr., Executive Director of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. Oban is the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and a member of the PMA “Matapat” Class of 1979.
Expected to attend in the ceremony are AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio P Catapang Jr of Class ’81, Defense Secretary Voltaire T Gazmin of Class ’68, PMAAAI Board of Directors, and Medal of Valor Awardees.
The lead host for this year’s homecoming is Class 1985 (Sandiwa). Other hosts include Class 1970 (Magiting), 1975 (Makabayan), 1980 (Mapitagan), 1990 (Bigkis-Lahi), 1995 (Marilag), 2000 (Sanghaya), 2005 (Sanlingan), and 2010 (Masidlak).
The oldest cavalier is CAV Vicente Alhambra and CAV Catalino Ibañez both from Class 1942 while the youngest is CAV Bryan S Arlegui of Class 2014.
To celebrate the homecoming, the PMAAAI has planned out a series of activities that will run from February 19 to 22.
Among the highlights include the PMA Alumni Eco Trail Run within Fort Del Pilar and Battle of Classes Golf Tournament at Camp John Hay on February 19; Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the PMA Alumni Memorial, Opening of PMA Football Cup and Leadership Forum for Cadets at PMA Campus on February 20; the traditional “Open House” at the PMA Cadet Barracks on February 21; Arrival Honors for Royal Thai General Thawip Poonsiri Netniyom of Class ’81, and Silent Drill on February 22.
During the main event on February 21, a special recognition will be given to the members of PMA Class 1955 as Diamond jubilarians (60 years); Class 1965 as Golden jubilarians (50 years); and Class 90 as Silver jubilarians (25 years).
The PMAAAI will also give honor to outstanding cavaliers for their achievements in their own field of expertise.
The honorees are Police SSupt Wilfred A. Nicolas of Class ’65 for Private Enterprise; Director General Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., Class ’70 for Public Administration; LtGen Felicito VM. Trinidad, Class ’82 for Command and Administration; Col Danilo G. Pamonag, Class ’85 for Army Operations; SSupt Ronald M. Dela Rosa, Class ’86 for Police Operations; LtCol Elpidio T. Factor, Class ’95 for Naval Operations; Cdr Inocencio C. Rosario Jr., Class ’96 for Coast Guard Operations; Maj Gremel B. Brual, Class ’96 for Special Operations; and Maj Jonathan P. De Leon, Class ’01 for Air Force Operations.
The PMA has produced over 10,000 alumni with 106 others who graduated from allied service academies since its establishment in 1936. Some of its members became leaders and key-position holders in the military, police, and other law enforcement agencies while some have served in the government, corporate, non-profit, educational, and other leadership and management positions at various levels of responsibility.
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