3 to 5 - We returned to PMA on a Sunday, and we were welcome by academics with surprise L.E.'s (lesson exams) the following day. As cadets, we were expected to be always prepared in class, even after a break. But who would have thought hahaha, so if you really had none, just have to rely to stock knowledge or "hugot" (chance). By the way, cheating, in any form, in the academy is punishable by expulsion.
7 - We also had guest from other academies, a graduating Navy cadet stayed in our room once. As hospitable as any other Filipinos, we offered what's best to our guests to make them comfortable during their visit.
8 to 9 - Parades were a duty to us cadets, and we do it as long as it's possible. Usually, we had them during special occasions and every Saturday, after our inspection. Here, we had 2 succeeding parades. The first was to welcome our new superintendent and the second one was for the Saturday parade. A storm had just hit Baguio City that time, but just like what they say in TV, the show must go on. Not to worry, we wore our raincoats during those times... and they gave us a hop in the evening.
16 - Had an official business in Baguio, and for my side trip, passed by a record shop and buy 2 cassette tapes; Eraserhead's Fruitcake and a Michael Learns to Rock album. The bands I used to listen even before I entered the academy. Cadets in official business status were those tasked to arrange certain transactions in behalf of PMA or needed to buy something for the academy's use. The thing is, you could still linger in the city if you still have time, provided of course you've done your task.
20 - We always had our Corps drill most especially if we were preparing for something just to familiarize ourselves to the sequence of the parade. If needed, we practice our drills for hours even under a bad weather. Do we get sick? Definitely, but the training made us tougher, not only physically but also mentally. As we termed it "PMA" for positive mental attitude.
26 to 28 - Entrucking bound to Manila for the change in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Position. Upon arrival, after resting for a while, we already had our drills since we only had 2 days left to practice and adjust to the parameters of the actual location. At that time, we had 3 speakers during the ceremony, President Fidel Ramos, AFP CS Arturo Enrile (outgoing) and AFP CS Arnulfo Acedera (incoming). And we stood motionless until all the speeches are over. The only rest we had was if the official commands the baron to change our position from attention to "tikas pahinga" or parade rest.
But you know what's the best thing of having parade in Manila was the privilege or short breaks given to cadets every after drills and parades. I had the chance to visit the family that I considered my home there.
30 - It's not everyday cadets are being visited by friends and family, more especially those miles away from home. So when I had an unexpected visit from friends in my hometown, I jumped to my uniform so I could go on entertaining. How glad I was that it's a Sunday, and we're not in any duty. Though I wasn't yet sure who they were, since all I got was "Marion & company", and I known 2 Marions... LOL. Well, it didn't really matter, I was just eager to see familiar faces.
When I met them in the visitor's lounge, they were my friend's sisters Marion and Jean with their friend Joy. After a short chat while having snacks in the cafeteria, I toured them around PMA. There was somewhat an unfamiliar breeze as things wasn't as they were. I was a cadet then, and must act accordingly and even without words, it's understandable.
My visit to a fellow cadet's hometown, a foster family, side trips, visiting and being visited by friends and family... each and everything was appreciated. It somewhat gave me a feeling of home... well, almost like home. And I'll forever be thankful to the Lord for such blessings, just the things I needed for the time being. The Lord truly provides... Yahweh bless.
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