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Thirty-one years after graduating from their Alma Mater, members of PMA "Matatag" Class 1971 went back home on 24 May 2002 to pay homage to the country's premier military institution. The class MAJOR GENERAL CARLOS F GARCIA AFP. Arrival honors was rendered to the Class led by POLICE DIR RICARDO F DE LEON PNP, who represented the Class President. Immediately after this, members of the class, their ladies, and other guests proceeded to Melchor Hall for the inaguration of Model Classroom '71. MGEN CARLOS F GARCIA AFP unveiled the classroom marker. He was assisted by BGEN EDILBERTO P ADAN, the PMA Superintendent. Model Classroom '71, located at the second floor of Melchor Hall, is equipped with modern training equipment capable of accommodating 60 cadets. Further, it is designed to enhance the teaching-learning environment in order to make it more responsive to the modern trends of education for the cadets.

Arrival honors was rendered to the Class led by POLICE DIR RICARDO F DE LEON PNP, who represented the Class President. Immediately after this, members of the class, their ladies, and other guests proceeded to Melchor Hall for the inaguration of Model Classroom '71. MGEN CARLOS F GARCIA AFP unveiled the classroom marker. He was assisted by BGEN EDILBERTO P ADAN, the PMA Superintendent.

Model Classroom '71, located at the second floor of Melchor Hall, is equipped with modern training equipment capable of accommodating 60 cadets. Further, it is designed to enhance the teaching-learning environment in order to make it more responsive to the modern trends of education for the cadets.

Later that morning the Parade and Review in honor of the class, 11 members were recognized for their significant contribution in their respective field of expertise. The recipients of PMA Achievement Award were RADM RUBEN G DOMINGO AFP; POLICE DIR RICARDO F DE LEON; POLICE DIR VIRTUS V GIL; BGEN NELSON G ESLAO AFP; BGEN ARCADIO L SERON AFP; BGEN LAMBERTO B SILLONA AFP; POLICE CHIEF SUPT EDUARDO S MATILLANO; POLICE CHIEF SUPT RENATO M PAREDES; POLICE CHIEF SUPT DOMINADOR A DOMINGO; BGEN DIOSDADO D TABAMO AFP; and POLICE CHIEF SUPT ROLANDO C GARCIA. The award, which is given to deserving alumni, is expected to serve as an inspiration and encouragement not only to the cadets buT to to other alumni as well.

Other members of the class who were present include RADM ARISTON DE LOS REYES AFP; VOLTAIRE ESPEJO; ERNESTO FERNANDEZ, ANGELO MOLATO; CESAR PABUAYON, HOUY TABANDA, along with Associate members, BGEN EDUARDO L PURIFICACION JR AFP and COLONEL TADEO G CLARAVALL, who are both assigned in the Academy.

The Class' visit culminated with a lunch with the cadets at the Yap Hall where mementos were likewise presented. During the mess, the MGEN CARLOS F GARCIA AFP, the Class President, delivered an inspirational talk to the CCAFP motivating each cadet to strive for excellence and military leadership.

Living up to its class name "Matatag", the class has indeed proven that despite the long years and the branch of service that might have separated each of the members, there is one thing that shall always bring them as one and that is their loyalty to their beloved Alma Mater - the Philippine Military Academy. The Model Classroom'71 shall serve as their significant contribution and legacy to the Academy and the generations of future PMA cadets. (Report by Volts Espejo, Class Secretary)

 

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