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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)

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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