UP-Visayas grad tops PMA Masaligan Class 2021; 4 females among top 10

MANILA, Philippines – A cadet from Negros Occidental topped the graduating ‘Masaligan’ class of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) this year.
Cadet 1st Class Janrey Artus

Cadet 1st Class Janrey Artus
Cadet 1st Class Janrey Artus as the valedictorian of the PMA “Masaligan” Class of 2021| Photo Courtesy: Facebook/PMA

PMA officials named Cadet 1st Class Janrey Artus as the valedictorian of the PMA “Masaligan” Class of 2021. The 25-year-old aims to protect our maritime resources as he will be joining the Philippine Navy.

Artus, who hails from San Enrique, Negros Occidental, graduated as summa cum laude at the University of the Philippines-Visayas with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

As the PMA's class valedictorian, Artus will be awarded the Presidential Saber and the Philippine Navy Saber during the PMA commencement exercises scheduled on May 10.

Aside from that, the topnotcher will also be receiving the Australian Defense Award, Spanish Armed Forces Award, the General Antonio Luna Award, the Academic Group Award and the Jusmag (Joint US Military Assistance Group) Award.

Meanwhile, the class salutatorian is Cadet 1st Class Daryl Brix Colita. He will receive the Vice Presidential Saber, the Philippine Army Saber, the Australian Defence Saber and the Army Professional Plaque.

Cadet 1st Class Daryl Brix Colita is PMA class salutatorian | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/PMA

Colita, who hails from Malalag, Davao del Sur, was enrolled in BS mining engineering when he joined the PMA. He is expected to join the ranks in the Philippines Army.

The first female among the topnotcher of the class is Valerie Mae Dicang of La Trinidad, Benguet. As the third outstanding cadet of this year's class, she will receive the Secretary of National Defense saber.

Photo Courtesy: Facebook/PMA

Dicang plans to join the Army. The 23-year-old cadet was pursuing a BS radiologic technology course before shifting to PMA.

Top four on the list is Cadet 1st Class Jan Hernan Perez who hails from Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa City. He will receive the Chief of Staff Saber, Philippine Air Force Saber, Australian Defence Award and the Air Force Professional plaque.

Photo Courtesy: Facebook/PMA

Joining Dicang as the other female cadets who made it to the top 10 are: Cadet 1st Class Christine Joyce Andog from Cabanatuan City (rank 5, cum laude); Cadet 1st Class Pamela Avila Calleja from Malinao, Albay (rank 8); and Cadet 1st Class Shirley Fatima Lim from Tacloban City (rank 10, cum laude).

164 cadets will be graduating from this year's PMA Masaligan Class of 2021. 138 are male, while 26 are female. Out of that number, 84 are expected to join the army, 46 will join the navy, and 36 will join the air force.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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