Daughter of a farmer and teacher tops PMA Class 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The daughter of a farmer and teacher from Isabela aced the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 'Masidlawin' Class of 2020.

25-year-old Cadet First Class Gemalyn Sugui bested 196 graduates and was hailed sixth woman in history to lead the PMA graduating batch since 1993.

Cadet First Class Gemalyn Sugui
Cadet First Class Gemalyn Sugui (Photo from PMA)

Before joining PMA, Sugui obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management Economics degree from the University of the Philippines Baguio.

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Among the awards she will receive in the PMA graduation includes Presidential Saber, the Achievement Award for Academic Excellence, the JUSMAG Award, the Philippine Army Saber, the Spanish Armed Forces Award, the Social Sciences Plaque, the Management Plaque, and the Rule of Law Award.

Here are the Top 10 of PMA 'Masidlawin' Class of 2020:

1. Gemalyn Sugui of Echague, Isabela

2. Jade Villanueva of Tacloban City

3. Jefferson Salazar of Zamboanga City

4. Rojes Gaile Jamandre of Lamut, Ifugao

5. Jeb Bay-an of Kabayan, Benguet

6. Catabay Ladyong of Tabuk, Kalinga-apayao

7. Vanelyn Angel Tabao of Tuguegarao City

8. June Giel Anne Factor of Ilocos Norte

9. Rubenson Abgao of Baroy, Lanao Del Norte

10. Dencel Aina Bayaca of Pampanga

In order to safeguard the well-being of the whole PMA community against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the national military training institution will not open the graduation rites to the public, including parents and loved ones of the graduates. They, however, assured that the ceremony will be streamed live online.

Simultaneous Commencement Exercises of the Philippine Military Academy and the Philippine National Police Academy
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the simultaneous Commencement Exercises of the Philippine Military Academy’s (PMA) ‘MASIDLAWIN’ Class of 2020 and the Philippine National Police Academy’s (PNPA) ‘MANDAYUG’ Class of 2020 at the Malacañang Golf (MALAGO) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 22, 2020.

With the PMA’s ‘MASIDLAWIN’ Class assembled at the Fort General Gregorio H. Del Pilar in Baguio City and the PNPA’s ‘MANDAYUG’ Class at the Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite, the Commander-in-Chief delivers his commencement address and marching orders via video conference to the country’s incoming military and police officers.

The simultaneous commencement exercises are limited only to the graduating classes without the attendance of their families and invited guests, and follow the two-meter rule seating arrangements in observance of the strict implementation of social distancing measures.

This is the first simultaneous virtual commencement exercises to be attended by the Commander-in-Chief as the country continues to battle the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Posted by DepEd Philippines on Friday, May 22, 2020

"As a parent, I know how heartbreaking and disappointing that decision is, but we have to do what is best for all. Safety and health are paramount at all times,” PMA Superintendent Admiral Allan Ferdinand Cusi said.

Of the 196 graduates, 100 will join the Philippine Army, 45 will goto the Philippine Air Force, while 51 will be with the Philippine Navy.

— The Summit Express

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