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Tricycle driver’s daughter from Tacurong Top 19 of PMA ’Mabalasik’ Class

The daughter of a tricycle driver and a housekeeper will graduate as top 19 in this year’ batch of graduates from Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

Cadet 1st Class Kathleen Rose Sareno Ea, a 21-year old resident from Barangay San Pablo, Tacurong City, is part of 263-strong cadets to graduate from PMA on May 26.

The second female Tacurongnon to graduate from PMA, Ea also reportedly holds the distinction as the only cadet from her city to land in the Top 20 of any graduating class.

She belongs to the Mabalasik Class, which stands for Mandirigma ng Bayan, Iaalay ang Sarili, Lakas at Tapang, para sa Kapayapaan.

She took up one year of BS Medical Technology Course at the Notre Dame of Marbel University before entering PMA in 2015. She also graduated as valedictorian of her class from Notre Dame of Tacurong College High School Department.

Ea’s father Bert is a tricycle driver while her mother is a housekeeper who also works as a nanny.

Bert had been very focused in helping Kathleen in her studies since her elementary days. Her father recalled that he would borrow books of upper class students so that Kathleen could study them in advance during summer. On school days, Bert would wake up Kathleen very early in the morning to have her study her lessons. Being the only child, full attention of her parents was on her.

When Ea took the PMA entrance examination in Tacurong in 2014, she was one of the very few who passed the test. It was also the first time that Tacurong was made a PMA testing center.

Ea, who will be commissioned as second lieutenant, is set to join the Philippine Navy.

Cadet 1st Class Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla, a native of Alilem, Ilocos Sur, is the top-notcher of this year’s PMA Mabalasik Class. (ASF, LGU Information)

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Tacurong records biggest number of PMA examinees in five years

A total of 686 aspirants trooped to the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center to take the Philippine Military Academy Entrance Examination yesterday, September 9, 2018.

The number of test takers this year is the largest so far since Tacurong became a testing center in 2014. Only 280 hopefuls took the exam last year.

Head examiner Lt. Col. Lope Domingo, Jr. said that, aside from Sultan Kudarat, the test in Tacurong gathered examinees as far as South Cotabato, North Cotabato, and Maguindanao.

“I’m happy because the city has been gaining ground as testing center”, Col. Domingo said. “The increasing number of test takers is a proof of that.”

The exam was held in three batches. The first batch of test takers started at 11:30 AM and given three and a half hours to finish the whole test. The last batch of examinees took the test from 7:00 to 10:30 PM.

Mayor Lina Montilla, who stayed at the venue up to the last hour of the exam, also expressed her elation with the huge turnout of examinees.

She said that she will ask the Sanggunian to pass an ordinance institutionalizing the conduct of PMA exam in Tacurong.

Aside from Col. Domingo, the team of examiners included TSgt. Arnel Lumasoc and Sgt. Bryan Apiado.

Two graduating PMA cadets assisted them. They were Cdt. First Class Kathleen Rose Ea and Cdt. First Class Aljune Businos.

Both cadets took their exam in Tacurong four years ago. Ea is a resident of Tacurong while Businos is from Tantangan.

Also, at least five officers from 40th and 33rd Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army assisted and served as proctors.

Col. Robert Dauz of 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade and Col. Edgar Catu of 40th Infantry Battalion, both PMA alumni, also visited and chatted with Mayor Montilla at the venue. (AFreno-LGU Information)

Tacurong to host PMA entrance exam on September 9

Tacurong City will once again host the entrance exam of Philippine Military Academy on September 9, 2018 (Sunday).

Hundreds of examinees are expected to troop to the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center to take the first step of achieving their dream of joining the prestigious military school in the country.

Earlier this day, the PMA examiners headed by Col. Lope Domingo, Jr. paid Mayor Lina Montilla a courtesy visit.

Col. Domingo’s team will spend the rest of the week hopping from one school to another with the aim of encouraging students to take the exam.

PMA application is open to all natural-born Filipino citizens who: are 17 years old to 21 years old;
are at least 5 feet in height for both male and female; are physically fit and of good moral character; are single and has never been married; have at least reached Grade 12; and are high school graduates with GPA of 85%. Grade 12 Senior High School may take the exam provided that they graduate before April 01,2019 (K-12).

Meanwhile, the following are the requirements for the PMA Exam this year:

1. Duly accomplished application form
2. NSO Birth Certificate (Photocopy)
3. Original and photocopy of ANY of the following:
– Copy of your High School form 137
– Latest grade in High School if currently in Grade 12
– Certificate of Grades from last semester attended (for college students).

Furthermore, during the exam day, the applicants need to b:ring the following: photocopy of birth certificate and grades; 2 x 2 ID picture; valid ID (preferably school/driver’s license); and at least 2 number 2 pencils. (ASF-LGU Tacurong Information)

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First female PMA graduate in Tacurong honored

2LT MARIEL DIONE M ROBLES, the first female from Tacurong City to graduate from the Philippine Military Academy, was recognized today, April 2, during the flag raising ceremony at the Tacurong City Hall.

City Mayor Lina O. Montilla personally received Robles and her family, and proudly shared that Robles is the first female in Tacurong and in the province to graduate from PMA.

Montilla is confident that this is only the beginning of more Tacurongnons getting into the academy since the PMA entrance exams are now held in Tacurong every August.

For her part, Robles recounted in her message, “There were lots of adjustments especially during the first years of my training. I was turned back twice, but I never gave up. The support of my family, friends, and the city mayor herself helped me get through the challenges.”

As for other aspiring PMA cadets in Tacurong, she advised, “When you get into the PMA, never give up, swallow your pride, and always pray.”

Robles graduated last March 18, 2018 in Baguio City as a member of PMA Alab Tala Class 2018. She chose to serve in the Philippine Army.(YMR, LGUTac-Info)

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