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Philippine Military Academy 115th Anniversary

tempo editorial oct252013

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the premier military institution whose motto is “Courage, Integrity, Loyalty,” celebrates its 115th Anniversary on October 25, 2013, highlighting its illustrious goal of character and value formation of young Filipino men and women, by providing them with broad, well-rounded education and skills training for life-long service to country and people.

The PMA was transformed into a “tri-service academy” in 1993 to specialized, branch-of-service courses in the last two years of a cadet in the institution. It trains the cadets to be field, fleet, or squadron-ready, for commission into any of the three major branches of service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – the Philippine Army the Philippine Air Force, and the Philippine Navy. In 1993, Republic Act 7192 was enacted to admit female cadets into the PMA, like military academies in the United States of America.

The academy’s modern facilities and infrastructure located in a 375-hectare compound in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City, provide cadets a conducive learning environment for the four-year techno-scientific curriculum designed to fill the needs of the AFP.

The PMA traces its origins to the establishment of Academia Militar in Malolos, Bulacan, by General Emilio F. Aguinaldo on October 25, 1898. During the American era, an officer’s school of the Philippine Constabulary was established in Intramuros, Manila on February 17, 1905. It relocated three years later to Baguio City, initially at Camp Henry T. Allen, and later at Teacher’s Camp. It moved to its present site in Loakan, Fort del Pilar. On September 8, 1926, the Philippine Legislature renamed it Philippine Constabulary Academy. On December 21, 1936, Commonwealth Act No. 1, the National Defense Act, formally created the PMA and authorizing it to confer a bachelor’s degree on its graduates. Disrupted by the outbreak of the war, the academy reopened on May 5, 1947, with an improved curriculum patterned after the American West Point.

We congratulate the Armed Forces of the Philippines headed by Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista and Philippine Military Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Edgar L. Abogado, Officers and Personnel, for their combined efforts of preparing the Corps of Cadet for a progressive career and the noble privilege of serving our Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!