8- We had our Command Christmas party. Just like the rest of the academies and universities, this usually meant that the academic break was nearing. In our mess hall, we had our small gathering and "salo-salo" in celebration of the joyous occasion to give thanks for the birth of our Lord Jesus.
12 to 14- We again invited our friends and new foster parents to PMA to showcase the talents of our fellow cadets in the annual 100th nite show. The graduating class of 1997 incorporated their experiences, learning and outlook in their military career as they begin their countdown of a hundred days to graduation and will soon be leaving the portals of the academy to be of service to our country.
16 to 21- We had an early entrucking to Manila at 0200H for the then upcoming Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Foundation Day. We usually travel that early so we could have an ample time to fix our billeting area upon arrival, rest and prepare for the preliminary corps drill in preparation for the big day.
Every after drill, cadets were given time to visit their families or roam around the metro. Me, I was either visiting my foster family or tagged along with a fellow cadet who lived in Manila that saved me some time just planning what to do or where to go.
24 to 31- Holiday break. I spent my vacation with family and friends at home. I missed it the year before, so it was something I looked forward to the whole year round. Met with friends and talked about almost anything under the sun, especially the things I missed being with them... And most of all, celebrated the holidays with my family and relatives... simply irreplaceable at the moment.
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