Bicolano PMA top 3 not afraid of Mindanao

NAGA CITY – Bicolano Cadet Firsbacsaint Class John Paul Bacsain said he never saw himself ending up as top three on the honors list when he entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as a nerdy and skinny boy of 17.

Speaking from his barracks in Baguio City, Bacsain radiated with humility through the telephone while he and his batchmates were preparing for their graduation rites come March 15 in PMA.

Bacsain gained the third spot among the Sundalong Isinilang na may Angking Galing at Lakas na Handang Ipaglaban ang Bayan (Sinag Lahi) Class 2015 PMA. Cadet First Class Arwi Chiday Martinez, 21, from Buguias, Benguet emerged as this year’s topnotcher followed by Cadet First Class Genesis Salvador Dizon of Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City. They lead the 171-member graduating class.

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Ngunyan Mac, nakatingalog kami saimu sa langit. Nagsakat ka dyan Mac na piga protektahan baku sanang kaming taga Cabihian pati taga Palta,kundi pati ang boung Pilipinas. Mabalos, Mac.

Kira gahibi kami ngunyan bakla na,pag bigyan mo na kami Mac, ga ngilit kana naman diyan.

-idoy max5

Mac-Mac,

You do not know me and I have never met you. We would never have any chance to meet at all in the future. Well, maybe if I make it to heaven where I’d like to think you might be in now.

When you died, I stared at your photo wearing your uniform and the flag of the Philippines draped behind you. I read up on your life story and called up media friends in Catanduanes to get to know you. I wanted to know more about you and to meet your family at your funeral but I wasn’t deployed by the Bureau there in Virac.

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