We always maximized our stay in Manila. We were provided enough allowance to spend during our privileges after our drills and parades. We went to our friends and families and invited them to dine or go and watch a movie or just simply roam around the city. I guess there's just time to be serious as there were also times to relax and have fun around, but within the boundaries and limits provided in the rules and regulations for cadets on privilege or trip, of course.
We returned to PMA a day after the parade to prepare for the start of our academics, just like that of the other universities and colleges. Our ATM cards were also given for our monthly allowance, just enough to take care of other necessities like toiletries and hygiene stuff. Cadets' salaries throughout their stay were only given in full by the time they graduate or depart from the academy. Yup, as a cadet, we had basic pay and allowances just like any other government employees back then. If I'm not mistaken, it's just above the salary of a master sergeant but lower than a 2nd lieutenant.
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