BAGUIO CITY, March 9 (PIA) -- A total of 282 cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class (Alagad ng Lahing Binigkis ng Tapang at Lakas) will graduate on March 18 with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the guest of honor and speaker.
Lt. Col. Rey Balido said the graduating class is composed of 207 male and 75 female cadets. This year’s number of women in a graduating class is so far the biggest in the history of PMA.
PMA started accepting female cadets in 1997. One of the first women graduate and the top 10 in her class, now Lt. Col. Leah Lorenzo Santiago, is assigned at PMA.
A PMA cadet, upon graduation is guaranteed a military career as an officer in the Army, Navy or Air Force.
In preparation for the graduation week, Balido said PMA will be closed to tourists from March 12 to March 18.
The PMA is set to announce the top 10 of the Alab Tala Class 2018 on Tuesday next week. (JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR)