The start of March was not that busy, as almost everyone was still on a more than a week long summer vacation. I even had time to finish making a "kaydet doll". Yes, we made miniature PMA cadet dolls in uniform with the use of threads, glue and excess uniform trimmings from shops nearby. We used it as decor in our study table or give it to someone dear to us. But, it would mean another thing if we see one of us playing with it... LMAO.
We had a week of drills in preparation, it wasn't that hard since it was our normal pass-in-review parade with just some inclusions. The parade might not be new to us but the occasion, it'll be our first to join a parade for a graduating class. Not to mention, expecting countless visitors/spectators and media coverages for the duration of the event. But during one of the drills, my rifle's hand guard broke. So, I had to have it replaced before the event or I would have to borrow somebody else's rifle so I can join the parade...
|The throwing of "shaku" also signifies the |
victorious accomplishment of cadetship.
As there were a lot of visitors crowding all around Borromeo field where the ceremony was held, we just waited patiently and attentively inside barracks until we heard the last hurray. It signified the end of the program and it was time for us to congratulate the new lieutenants in our own traditional way... "dunking". A term used for our practice of carrying first class or 4th year cadets to the fountain near the sundial and throwing them in the pool during their birthdays, victories and graduation.
|The "dunking" tradition after graduation ceremony.|
A week after the graduation, being bombarded with the duties and responsibilities of a yearling, we were just glad to have some spare time which we usually spent in our pool in the academy. A needed time to breath some fresh cool air and mingle with some "mistah", made me feel not alone inside the academy and gave me the chance to take some time off from the serious side of it.
As the month ended, half of our class prepared for entrucking to manila for our orientation tour. While the other half (3rd and 4th battalion) were left behind to take care of the incoming plebes. Details on the next related post. Yahweh bless.
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