The 196 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy MASIDLAWIN Class of 2020 was led by Cadet First Class Gemalyn Deocares Sugui, the 6th female officer to top the graduating class since 1993 when women were accepted.
Held on Friday, May 22, 2020, the graduation ceremony was closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic but the PMA social media provided a live stream on its Facebook account.
The graduates included 172 male and 23 female cadets who will report immediately to their respective major services in the Army, Air Force and Navy as new additional officers.
The 25-year old Gemalyn Sugui will join the Army along with 99 of her classmates. On the other hand, 45 graduates will join the Philippine Air Force and 51 will join the Philippine Navy.
Born in Echague, Isabela, Sugui is the daughter of a farmer and a public school teacher. She finished Bachelor of Science in Management Economics from the University of the Philippines Baguio.
As head of the graduating class, Gemalyn Sugui received 8 awards:
1. Presidential Saber
2. Achievement Award for Academic Excellence
3. JUSMAG Award
4. Philippine Army Saber
5. Spanish Armed Forces Award
6. Social Sciences Plaque
7. Management Plaque
8. Rule of Law Award
Completing the Top 10 of the PMA graduates are:
Jade Villanueva of Tacloban City
Jefferson Salazar of Zamboanga City
Rojes Gaile Jamandre of Lamut, Ifugao
Jeb Bay-an of Kabayan, Benguet
Catabay Ladyong of Tabuk, Kalinga-apayao
Vanelyn Angel Tabao of Tuguegarao City
June Giel Anne Factor of Ilocos Norte
Rubenson Abgao of Baroy, Lanao Del Norte
Dencel Aina Bayaca of Pampanga
MASIDLAWIN means Mandirigmang Isinilang na may Dangal at Lakas Upang Maging Tanglaw ng Inang Bayan.
Congratulations to Gemalyn Sugui of Echague, Isabela for topping the 2020 graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
(You can watch the stream here.)