In its 81 years of history, the Philippine Military had the highest number of successful female graduates. As the graduates march during last Sunday’s graduation ceremonies, 75 of them are female cadets. The graduation rites took place at Fort del Pilar in Baguio City.
First in History
Compared to last year’s 63 female cadets, 75 out of 282 graduates this year are females. Even PMA spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Rey Balido was surprised to see the increased number.
Siguro ang kakaiba lang dito ay mas marami yung babae [ngayon] kaysa yung babae last year. 75 nga ito. So far ito na yung pinakamaraming graduate na babae.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo graced the ceremonies, with Duterte advising the new graduates to brace for complex realities and be ready to sacrifice for the country when they combat different treats like illegal drugs and terrorism.
One of the female graduates who caught the attention of many people is Meriam Libongcogon. The 25-year-old graduate from Cebu used to work as a household helper to support her studies.
She graduated as a valedictorian in Elementary and was a scholar in High School. But due to their poor life, she was forced to work as a household helper or kasambahay to study in college. However, her body took the toll and she was forced to stop studying.
After becoming a housemaid in Cebu, she moved to Baguio, where she was introduced to her foster parent named Nancy Rose. Nanay Rose urged Meriam to go to the Philippine Military Academy.
Meriam graduated as a Second Lieutenant. She aims to enter the Philippine Navy soon.
From a housemaid to a PMA graduate. Meriam proved that your future does not depend on your status in life — it depends on how far your dreams will take you and how far you will go to reach for your dreams.