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2nd Lt. Kim Gabriel Agatep waving the Philippine flag immediately after the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2019 was declared graduates.


By MARILYN ABALOS
Filipino Reporter Exclusive


An elite batch of cadets from the Philippine Military Academy recently graduated from the U.S. Military, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the Royal Military College.

From West Point to Annapolis to Colorado Springs to Quebec Cadet Reniel Dela Cruz from Baybay, Leyte graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY.

He was pinned to the rank of Second Lieutenant by Brigadier General Marlo Guloy, Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attache, who administered the Oath of Office.

His parents were present at the ceremony.

Cadet Charmaine Batuy from Claveria, Cagayan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Philippine Naval Attache Captain Jess Portiz pinned her to the ranks of Ensign while Brig Gen Guloy administered the Oath of Office.

Cadet Kim Gabriel Agatep of Cebu City graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

He was pinned to the ranks of Second Lieutenant by his father, Philippine Air Force Colonel Kim Alexander, and Brig. Gen. Guloy who also administered the Oath of Office.

Cadet Shemida Lyn Tenorio from Misamis Occidental graduated from the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada.

Her father Tony Tenorio and Brig. Gen. Guloy pinned her to the ranks of Second Lieutenant.

Brig. Gen. also administered the Oath of Office.


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Cadet Shemida Lyn Tenorio (center) with Brig. Gen. Marlo Guloy and father Tony Tenorio after being pinned 2nd Lt.


The Philippine Military Academy, located in Baguio, is the primary training school for regular commissioning as officers of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force and Philippine Marine Corps.

The most notable Filipino West Point graduate is President Fidel Ramos (1950).

Brig. Gen. Vicente Podico Lim was the first Filipino to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1950.

A World War II hero during the Battle of Bataan and fall of the Philippines, BGen was part of the Resistance Movement until he was captured and subsequently executed.

The first Filipina to graduate from West Point was Ranelle Manaois (1986).

Born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii, Col. Manaois retired in 2016 after a 30-year military career in the U.S. Army.


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From left, Brig. Gen. Marlo Guloy, Cadet Kim Gabriel Agatep just pinned 2nd Lt. with parents Colonel Kim Alexander and Cynthia Agatep.


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Cadet Charmain Batuy being pinned by Captain Jess Portiz as Ensign with her parents.


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Cadet Reniel Dela Cruz (right) reciting the Oath of Office 2nd Lt. of the Philippine Army with Brig. Gen. Marlo Guloy (left).