A female graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 2017 prefers to be assigned in Davao City, instead of her hometown in Naga City, Bicol. This was learned after she was among the 167 PMA cadets who graced their graduation ceremony this Sunday, March 12, in the presence of President Rordrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
Cadet First Class Michelle Sardiño Calusor, who hails from Villa Fulgentes, Sabang, Naga City received the Journalism Award as editor-in-chief of The Corps Magazine during the PMA Salaknib (Sanggalang ay Lakas at Bukay Para sa Kalayaan ng Inang Bayan) graduation rites that day. Her proud parents traveled from Naga to Baguio City to witness the event.
Besides Calusor, the other female awardees that day include Karen Joy Benitez Bautista and Maria Isaia Pearl Paracale, who received the Computing and Information Sciences plaque and the Mathematics plaque, respectively. Not to mention the eight females out the Top 10 PMA graduates led by valedictorian Cadet 1st Class Rovi Mairel Valino Martinez.
According to the PMA, this year’s batch had 63 females out of the 167 graduates, and the most number of female graduate cadets since 1994, when the school started to admit females. PMA Superintendent Maj. Gen. Donato San Juan also noted that it is very unusual for the academy to pick females as among the Top 10 graduates and awardees.
And despite Calusor was not interviewed by the press, her hometown friend told Taho News that Michelle really wanted to become a soldier since she was young, adding that she really want to serve the country. The friend, who wished not be identified, said that if Michelle has a choice, she wanted to be assigned in Davao City instead of Bicol.
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“Davao City is very wonderful place, and the Dutertes have done their job well especially in terms of peace and order. Politics aside and without comparing it to Bicol, I really prefer to be assigned in Davao. I’ll miss my parents and friends like you, but I’m sure I’ll be safe there.” Michelle Calusor’s female friend said, quoting her during their past conversations.