UP-Visayas grad tops PMA Masaligan class 2021, 4 females part of top 10

  • Cadet 1st Class Janrey Artus is the valedictorian of the PMA “Masaligan” Class of 2021
  • Hailing from Negros Occidental, he graduated from the University of the Philippines-Visayas with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • 164 cadets will be graduating from this year’s PMA Masaligan Class of 2021

A Negros Occidental cadet is hailed the topnotcher of the graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy “Masaligan” 2021.

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PMA officials named Cadet 1st Class Janrey Artus as the valedictorian of the PMA “Masaligan” Class of 2021. The 25-year-old graduate will be joining the Philippine Navy.

Artus hails from San Enrique, Negros Occidental and is a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Visayas with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

As the PMA’s class valedictorian, Artus will be awarded the Presidential Saber and the Philippine Navy Saber during the PMA commencement exercises scheduled on May 10.

Aside from that, the topnotcher will also be receiving the Australian Defense Award, Spanish Armed Forces Award, the General Antonio Luna Award, the Academic Group Award and the Jusmag (Joint US Military Assistance Group) Award.

Meanwhile, Cadet 1st Class Daryl Brix Colita is named the class salutatorian. He will receive the Vice Presidential Saber, the Philippine Army Saber, the Australian Defence Saber and the Army Professional Plaque.

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Colita, who hails from Malalag, Davao del Sur, was enrolled in BS Mining Engineering when he joined the PMA. He is expected to join the ranks in the Philippine Army.

Top three in this year’s class is Valerie Mae Dicang of La Trinidad, Benguet. She is one of the four females who made it to the top 10. As the third outstanding cadet, she will receive the Secretary of National Defense saber.

Dicang, who hails from La Trinidad, Benguet, plans to join the Army. The 23-year-old cadet was pursuing a BS Radiologic Technology course before shifting to PMA.

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Top four on the list is Cadet 1st Class Jan Hernan Perez who hails from Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa City. He will receive the Chief of Staff Saber, Philippine Air Force Saber, Australian Defence Award and the Air Force Professional plaque.

Joining Dicang as the other female cadets who made it to the top 10 are: Cadet 1st Class Christine Joyce Andog from Cabanatuan City (rank 5, Cum Laude); Cadet 1st Class Pamela Avila Calleja from Malinao, Albay (rank 8); and Cadet 1st Class Shirley Fatima Lim from Tacloban City (rank 10, Cum Laude).

164 cadets will be graduating from this year’s PMA Masaligan Class of 2021. 138 are male, while 26 are female. Out of that number, 84 are expected to join the army, 46 will join the navy, and 36 will join the air force.