Scabies Outbreak - With a roommate, we were confined for 1 and a half week in PMA station hospital for this tiny pests. This was my second time to be confined with an upcoming parade held outside Baguio City, you just can imagine how “low morale” I was. Good thing we were discharged just in time to make up for the drills we missed, and made the list for cadets going to Manila.
100th Nite Show (December 15, ’95) - Another annual tradition of the academy, were cadets displayed their talents in stage performance and posted as the characters that made up a Christmas belen. Also, it marked the countdown for the remaining days of the first class as cadets. That year, it was spearheaded by the Mabikas class ’96, as the graduating class. The play, “Isang Paghamon” (A Challenge), was about a young lieutenant making his mark to his chosen profession by doing what's best for the many rather than that of his own. Very ideal but with this sparks the hope for our nation's future.
The day after, we had an entrucking to Manila for the AFP anniversary parade. I remembered we even passed by the portion of Pampanga damaged by lahar, it was vast. Upon arrival, we took some time to fix our things, rest for a while, then a corps drill. After the drill, we were then given privilege to roam around the city. I decided to go with a squad mate to his aunt in Pasig to spend the night. The following day, I saw this awful sight, people were actually throwing their garbage in the river. Our problem with nature and it's calamities are actually interconnected with the pollution we made throughout the centuries. And we are just too lazy to take responsibility and practice discipline in ourselves. I guess later on, if we continue with our destructive nature, we'll know we still are the loser in the end.
Getting back, we had done a lot of things that we're restrained as plebes, like going to the malls to watch a movie and getting to wear our watches. You see, plebes were not allowed to wear any accessories, we kept track of our time though our issued alarm clock. After the parade, we were also given an overnight privilege before we return to Baguio City. Spent it drinking a couple of cases of beer together with some mistah. “No amount”, I nearly endorsed myself in trouble to an upperclassman by returning to our billeting area still drunk. Lucky for me, I wasn't punished, can't remember though who it was. No wonder I still had a hangover even upon reaching PMA (LOL).
Upon arrival at the academy, we were again the “Kings of Barracks” since our upperclassmen already had their Christmas vacation after the parade. More, I was told that my family will be visiting me to spend Christmas with me, and that's a very good thing since 4th class cadets, being the least in rank, were required to stay in the academy to perform the needed responsibilities in the corps during holidays like this. So, I went on a privilege and spent time with my family roaming around Baguio City and having a simple celebration for Christmas day... just glad to see them.
Then came the Superintendent's Reception Hop on the 28th of December. Got no problem finding a drag, since days before it, I told my parents about the said activity and suggested me to invite a daughter of their friend, which I did. It's actually perfect, since I really had no time to go on inviting busy being with my family and honestly, I didn't have anyone in mind that day (hahaha). They saved me from the firing squad.
|Oops mistah, formation in athletic uniform...|
I wonder why? Well, it's December anyway... hahaha.