CADET 1CL ELAINE MAREY NILLES PAASA, from Cagayan de Oro City will be graduating from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) BAGSIK-DIWA (Bagong Sibol sa Kinabukasan Mandirigma Hanggang Wakas) Class of 2022 with a Distinguished Cadet Award. The Commencement Exercises is set on Sunday, May 15, 2022.
The award was presented to CADET 1CL PAASA during the Academic Convocation last April 25, 2022. CADET 1CL PAASA got the award for being a recipient of the PMA Superintendent’s List badge for obtaining a year-end average of at least 9.00 and qualified in the Dean’s List for two terms and Commandant’s List for all three terms at the end of Academic Year 2021-2022.
According to a Facebook post by PMA, it has been the dream of the 22-year old graduate of Gusa Regional Science High School to enter the academy be able to assist her father, who is a driver, and her self-employed mother, making her the secondary bread-winner of her brother and sister, who are currently studying.
Quoting the PMA, “With her grit, discipline, and perseverance to thrive to serve her country and people, she always aims to develop herself through the path of a warrior. From the application process to surviving the beast barracks, hurdling the tough yearling days, and becoming a role model to her squadmates, until this very day, as she was designated as the Assistant Chief of Regimental Staff for Personnel, she is beyond grateful and blessed to all the challenges, and different experiences may it be positive or negative from all the people around her, especially to the Almighty God, which shaped and lead her along the way to reach this milestone of her life.”
Watch her below.