Top 10 graduates for PMA Class 2020

A female cadet from the province of Isabela topped the graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) this year.

Gemalyn Sugui bested 196 graduates of Masidlawin Class of 2020 to become the sixth woman in history to lead the PMA graduating batch since 1993.

The Top 10 were an equal mix of male and female cadets.

Below are the Top 10 of Masidlawin Class of 2020:

1. Gemalyn Sugui of Echague, Isabela

2. Jade Villanueva of Tacloban City

3. Jefferson Salazar of Zamboanga City

4. Rojes Gaile Jamandre of Lamut, Ifugao

5. Jeb Bay-an of Kabayan, Benguet

6. Catabay Ladyong of Tabuk, Kalinga-apayao

7. Vanelyn Angel Tabao of Tuguegarao City

8. June Giel Anne Factor of Ilocos Norte

9. Rubenson Abgao of Baroy, Lanao Del Norte

10. Dencel Aina Bayaca of Pampanga

The graduation ceremony on Friday afternoon will look different from the traditional PMA graduation due to the coronavirus crisis gripping the country.

Parents or the media will not be allowed to attend, but the ceremony will be streamed live.

The PMA graduation tradition involves a testimonial parade and review to honor retiring alumni and Trooping the Line where cadets assemble in formations on Fort Del Pilar's Borromeo Field in Baguio City.

Graduating cadets either join the Army, Navy, or Air Force.

The last time the PMA was unable to hold a graduation ceremony was during World War Two. In February, the PMA alumni association postponed its homecoming by a week also due to coronavirus concerns.

More than 13,000 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the country, with quarantine restrictions still in place in different areas.

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