Security guard’s son graduates valedictorian from PMMA

Have you heard the old proverb “Kung ano ang puno, siya rin ang bunga?”

In some instances, it's often attached to the parents that whatever traits, characteristics, or achievements they have, they may pass on to their children, and when they grow up, they may become role models themselves.

But for Cadet Allan Jay Jumamoy, a native of Bohol, and who graduated as valedictorian from the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) in Zambales, he followed the advice and reminder of his parents not to emulate or imitate them who did not finish their studies.

Security guard’s son graduates valedictorian from PMMA
Photo courtesy: Screenshot from RTV Malacanang

Allan, who pursued a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering, was the valedictorian of Class 2023.

In his valedictory speech, Allan recounted how his mother reminded him not to emulate his father; his mother being a high school graduate and his father a security guard. His parents believed that although there was nothing wrong with being a high school graduate and a security guard, he could achieve more.

Since he was young, Allan was already an achiever. He graduated as valedictorian in elementary and with honors in high school. To help his parents with expenses, he also had sidelines in tutoring and other summer jobs during school breaks. He also passed various scholarship exams from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), shipping companies, and various school admissions.

They grew up in a squatter's area and experienced studying without electricity because they didn't have electricity. They only used a “gasera” or gas lamp and sometimes they didn't even have money to buy gas. There were times when he had to go outside the house to study because there were lights on the street posts.

While other children might be rooted in ambition or passion for their studies, he said his reason was to rise above poverty.

So when he graduated as valedictorian from PMMA, he couldn't believe it when he himself was greeted by President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

A cadet in the academy undergoes many challenges, but Allan managed to overcome them. But he said he wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of others, like his fellow cadets.

Congrats, Cadet Allan Jay Jumamoy!

— Noel Ed Richards, The Summit Express

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