3rd Quarter 2004 Issue

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(A journal of significant Command and CCAFP activities in news capsules)

BGen Maligalig Takes Post as 57th PMA Commandant of Cadets

Philippine Army BRIGADIER GENERAL LEOPOLDO L MALIGALIG AFP took over the position as the 57th Commandant of Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy from an equally be medalled officer BGEN CARDOZO M LUNA AFP.  Major General Cristolito P Balaoing AFP, PMA Superintendent, presided over the solemn Change of Command ceremony on 24 October 2004 at the Fajardo Grandstand in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City.

The new Commandant of Cadets is a member of the PMA Class of 1976.  He held key military positions covering a broad range of field and staff assignments.  Among the significant posts he held were: Philippine Army (PA) Planner and Director of Army Cross Training Event for the RP-US “Balikatan” Exercises; Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Education at the Headquarters PA; Chief of Staff of the 7th Infantry Division, PA; and Chairman of several boards and committees of the PA.  BGen Maligalig has also an inclination for public information and media relations as he was the Chief of the Public Information Office of the PA and AFP; Spokesman of the PA; and Editor-in-Chief of the Army Magazine.  Prior to his assignment to the PMA and subsequent designation as the 57th Commandant of Cadets, BGen Maligalig was the Commanding Officer of the Headquarters 402nd Infantry Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. 

 BGen Maligalig has several schoolings locally and abroad.  Most notably, he holds two Masteral Degrees: one in Management from the Philippine Christian University and another in Defense Studies from the University of Canberra, Australia.   

With his sterling credentials, BGen Maligalig is expected to share to the cadets his wealth of experience both in field and in garrison assignments.  His Alma Mater welcomes his assignment to the PMA and expects his positive influence on cadet training being the concurrent Head of Tactics Group – the unit primarily charged of providing the cadets broad and basic military education essential in becoming a professional military leader.

Defense Secretary Cruz Visits the PMA

           Philippine Military Academy Superintendent MGEN CRISTOLITO P BALAOING AFP led the Officers, Cadets, Enlisted Personnel, and Civilian Employees in welcoming HONORABLE AVELINO “NONONG” J CRUZ JR, the Secretary of the Department of National Defense.  HONORABLE CRUZ was bestowed full-military honors – replete with 19 gun salute - when he set foot at the hollowed grounds of the Academy on 20 November 2004 at the Sundial Area in Fort del Pilar, Baguio City. 

            MAJOR GENERAL BALAOING presented a briefing to the Guest of Honor on the current thrusts and developments in the Academy.  After which, the Secretary had a windshield tour of the PMA, which includes the Fort del Pilar Station Hospital, St. Ignatius Chapel, PMA Museum, Firing Range, Athletic Complex, and the Visitor’s Center.  Hon Cruz delivered his message to the cadets and the PMA community after the parade rendered by the CCAFP.  The activites culminated with a Lecture on The Philippines’ Defense Review with USEC Ernesto G Carolina as the Guest Lecturer.  

            DEFENSE SECRETARY CRUZ held key positions of responsibility in the government.  Prior to his recent appointment as Secretary of National Defense, Secretary Avelino Cruz, Jr. served in the Cabinet as Chief Presidential Legal Council, member of the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security and the National Security Council.  In 2002, he was actively involved in the drafting of the Terms of Reference for Balikatan 02-01 ensuring that its provisions were in accordance with the Philippine Constitution

281 Fourthclass Cadets Recognized           

           The sweet taste of success came upon 281 fourthclass cadets, 250 males and 31 females of "Baghawi" Class of 2008, who after six (6) months of rigorous training, were recognized by their upperclassmen in traditional Recognition Rites on 25 September 2004 at the parade grounds of the Borromeo Field.  Invited as Guest of Honor and Speaker was VADM ARISTON P DELOS REYES AFP, Vice Chief of Staff, AFP.  Also on hand to witness this significant milestone in the lives of the plebes was MGEN CRISTOLITO P BALAOING AFP, PMA Superintendent. 

            Recognition is a rite of passage observed in the Cadet Corps signifying the transition from plebehood to upperclass status of fourthclass cadets following the acknowledgment of the plebes'  readiness to assume more significant roles in the hierarchy of cadets in the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines. This is manifested in the gesture of a handshake offered by an upperclass cadet to a plebe, elevating the latter to the status of an upperclassman.

 PMA Celebrates 106th Foundation Anniversary


          The Philippine Military Academy celebrated its 106th Foundation Anniversary on 23 October 2004 with General Narciso L Abaya AFP, then Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.  The Academy Superintendent Major General Cristolito P Balaoing AFP led the entire PMA community in warmly welcoming the Chief of Staff and in commemorating the more- than-a-century-old existence of the Academy.   

            This year’s celebration stressed the Academy’s continuing commitment in producing graduates who are imbued with the ideals of Courage, Integrity, and Loyalty.  One of the highlights of this year’s Anniversary was the presentation of Major and Special awards to PMA personnel and other entities who have helped in the training and education of the cadets. 

            The activities during the weeklong celebration were as follows: PMA Superintendent’s Shoot Fest Challenge, Unveiling of the Mural of Class ’72 at Yap Hall, Bloodletting activity, Tree Planting, and Command Fun Run and Games.  

PMA-PNPA Friendship Games On Its 2nd Year           

            The Philippine Military Academy hosted the 2nd PMA-PNPA Friendship Games on 06-07 November 2004 at the Multi-Purpose Covered Court, Fort del Pilar, Baguio City.  One hundred forty-eight (148) cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) came over to renew friendships and strengthen bonds with their PMA counterparts in a series of games and other activities. 

            The PNPA contingent arrived in the late afternoon of 05 November 2004.  They were formally welcomed the following day by BGEN LEOPOLDO L MALIGALIG AFP, PMA Commandant of Cadets.  A Command Briefing on the current thrusts and programs of the Academy was given to the PNPA contingent and they were also given the opportunity to watch the film, “A Day in the Life of a Cadet” and witness the Parade-in-Review.  The activities in the morning concluded with a lunch with the cadets at Yap Hall. 

            The afternoon of that same day was the Formal Opening of the Friendship Games by BGEN FRANCISCO V GUDANI AFP, PMA Assistant Superintendent.  After which, the cadets from PMA and PNPA participated in the simultaneous conduct of the following games: basketball, volleyball, swimming, table tennis, badminton, and softball.  Cocktails were offered in the evening at Longayban Hall to give time for socialization and merry-making. 

            On 07 November 2004, Sunday, the activities commenced with the Religious Services at the St. Ignatius Chapel.  To test the endurance of participating cadets, a Marathon was conducted followed by the games of chess, tae kwon do, and swimming.  The two-day PMA-PNPA Friendship Games concluded with the announcement of winners and boodle fight at the Covered Court. 

PMA Cadets Perform Silent Drill in their New Rayadillo Uniform

            Philippine Military Academy cadets once again thrilled the crowd and visitors as they displayed their prowess in manual of arms and precision drills during the performance of the renowned Silent Drill on 14 November 2004 at the Borromeo Field, Fort del Pilar, Baguio City.  The Silent Drill Company of PMA “Maragtas” Class of 2007 were, however, not in their usual West Point inspired uniform, but the proposed Rayadillo uniform, a patriotic version of the cadet uniform.

            The Rayadillo is a revolutionary war outfit, designed by Juan Luna during the Philippine Revolution and worn by the first regular Army of the Philippines established under the Tejeros Convention.  The design and material used are reflective of truly indigenous origins.  Compared with the current dark-bluish gray uniform, the Rayadillo prototype is a simpler combination of gray jackets and blue pants.  Since the materials used are made of cotton fibers and are light-colored, the new uniform is essentially comfortable to be worn in various types of occasion especially in tropical climate.  The Rayadillo uniform epitomizes the Filipino’s patriotic passion for emancipation from centuries of subjugation.

10th PMA Book Fair

The command sponsored the 10th PMA Book Fair from 8 to 12 November 2004 at Lecture Hall “B”. Twelve (12) book companies officially registered and joined the fair. Five (5) of the participants are Manila-based companies namely: Academic Connection Library Services, Emit Asia Philippines Inc., International Bookshoppe Inc., Linar Educational Materials, Inc., and Netmagz.  Grolier International RSCE Division is based in San Fernando, La Union. The local distributors from Baguio City are the following: ANS & ABS Magazines, ESM Learning Enterprises, Heaven’s Corner, Jet Bookstore, National Bookstore Abanao, and Philippine Christian Bookstore.  

The annual fair provided an opportunity for local and national distributors and dealers to offer books and other educational materials that will cater to the needs of cadets and command personnel. The participating book distributors expressed their gratitude to the PMA thru MGEN CRISTOLITO P BALAOING AFP for sponsoring this annual activity.

Commanding General of Fort Lewis, Washington Visits the PMA

           LIEUTENANT GENERAL EDWARD SORIANO, the Commanding General of the I Corps and Fort Lewis, Washington visited the Philippine Military Academy on 19 September 2004.  Major General Cristolito P Balaoing AFP, PMA Superintendent, welcomed LTGEN SORIANO in an Arrival Honors.  A Command Briefing on the current thrusts and developments in the PMA was given to LTGEN SORIANO and followed by the Testimonial Parade and Review by the Cadet Corps Armed Forces of the Philippines.   

LTGEN SORIANO assumed command of I Corps and Fort Lewis following his assignment as Director of Homeland Security, U.S. Joint Forces Command.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry upon graduation from San Jose State in 1970.  LTGEN SORIANO has held numerous leadership and command positions with airborne, light, and mechanized infantry units around the world.  Following his initial assignment with the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he commanded companies in the 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis; and 8th Infantry Division, Germany.  He commanded 2nd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas and 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division Fort Carson Colorado.  He served as Chief of Staff and Assistant Division Commander of 3rd Infantry Division.  He also served in Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia-Herzegovina) as the Assistant Division Commander of 1st Infantry Division, and Seventh Army in Germany.  He commanded the 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colorado from 1999 to 2001.

LTGEN SORIANO has attended a wide variety of military schools culminating in his graduation from the Army War College in 1989.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri.  His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal and numerous awards of the Army Commendation and Achievement Medals. He is ranger and airborne qualified and holds the expert infantryman’s badge as well as the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification and Army Staff Identification badges.



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